What is Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences?

Biobehavioral health

health iconsBiobehavioral health refers to interdisciplinary research and practice at the interface of the biological with the behavioral sciences. The approach combines a core interest in psychosocial factors in health and health behavior, along with new advances informed through scientific disciplines as diverse as behavioral genetics to psychoimmunology. Biobehavioral health encompasses clinical practice in the traditional areas of psychiatry, clinical psychology, counseling, and behavioral medicine, along with research efforts spanning such areas as the role of stress in immune functioning, addiction, and disease, to applied research and practice in prevention and treatment of chronic illness, trauma, behavioral health, and medical and community-based interventions, to broad study of risk and protective factors in health and well-being.

Population sciences

illustration: crowd of peoplePopulation sciences study population health. This is a body of scientific disciplines interested in the determinants of health and disease and their distribution at the population level. The approach is a step beyond the focus on the individual level traditional in clinical and preventive medicine. In taking this approach, it addresses a broad range of factors impacting health on a population level. For example, population sciences is interested in how to build health equity in tribal and rural communities in Minnesota and the U.S., by exploring factors such as the environment, social structures, and the distribution of resources.


Department News, Events, and Seminars

Longtime Duluth educator named Rural Health Hero

Posted on: November 12, 2014

BPHS faculty James Boulger, a charter faculty member of the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Duluth campus, has received the Rural Health Hero award from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Rural Health Association.

Dr. Lewis and Dr. Walls participate in an International gathering on global Indigenous health issues

Posted on: October 28, 2014

Melissa Lewis and Melissa Walls attended and presented at the International Network in Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Dr. Lemieux and Dr. Nakajima present research studies from the Behavioral Medicine Laboratories

Posted on: October 20, 2014

Andrine Lemieux and Motohiro Nakajima attended the 5th Annual Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium held at the Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building in the U of M Minneapolis campus. They presented latest work from the Behavioral Medicine Laboratories.

Results from an 18-year community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnership published

Posted on: October 17, 2014

James Allen edited the current special issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology which presents results from an 18-year community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnership with rural Alaska Native communities. One of the authors of the special issue is adjunct faculty John Gonzalez.