Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences

Population sciences

illustration: crowd of peoplePopulation sciences studies the health of populations. This multidisciplinary effort studies determinants of health and disease, and their distribution at the population level. In taking this approach, it addresses a broad range of factors impacting health. In our department, in line with our campus mission, population sciences encompasses how to build health equity in tribal and rural communities in Minnesota and the U.S., exploring such factors as diverse as the physical and social environment, and the distribution of resources, including health care.


Biobehavioral health

health iconsBiobehavioral health refers to interdisciplinary research and practice at the interface of the biological with the behavioral sciences. It combines an interest in psychosocial factors in health and health behavior, along with advances in disciplines as diverse as behavioral genetics and psychoimmunology. In our department, biobehavioral health encompasses clinical practice in psychiatry, clinical psychology, counseling, and behavioral medicine. It incorporates both applied research and practice in prevention and treatment of chronic illness and behavioral health. It also includes research efforts spanning the role of stress in health, immune functioning, addiction, and disease. Finally, it includes community intervention, and broader study of risk and protective factors in health, resilience, and well-being.

Department News, Events, and Seminars

Presentation at National Conference

Posted on: September 19, 2016

On September 19, 2016, Dr. Jim Boulger presented a paper at the third national Beyond Flexner conference.

Dr. J. Neil Henderson Leads the Medical Discovery Team Duluth

Posted on: August 25, 2016

The first Medical Discovery Team (MDT) Leader has been hired by the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. J. Neil Henderson will lead the team focused on health equity, rural health access, and American Indian health issues. He will be a professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences on the Medical School’s Duluth campus.

Dr. Brenna Greenfield Accepted Tenure Track Position

Posted on: July 26, 2016

Dr. Ruth Westra, interim chair, is pleased to announce that Dr. Brenna Greenfield, has accepted a tenure track faculty position in the Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences Department on the Duluth campus.

Dr. Brenna Greenfield's Upcoming Presentations

Posted on: April 25, 2016

We are pleased to announce two upcoming presentations by Dr. Brenna Greenfield.

May 5th - Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture
Title: Local reflective practice: A simple, comprehensive framework for cultural training of health service psychologists (with Kelly Moore from the Minneapolis VA)

May 6thPromoting Health Equity: Engage. Inform. Act
Title: Binge drinking among Native American college students