The teaching mission of the Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences within the Medical School is extensive and intertwined with course offerings in other departments.
Faculty members teach the traditional areas of human behavior within the medical school curriculum.
- study of behavioral health and dysfunction,
- biological underpinnings of behavior,
- mechanisms of behavioral change, and
- human development as understood from the individual, family, and sociocultural levels.
In addition, faculty provide training in professional communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship, including psychosocial aspects of health care delivery and competencies in its cultural dimension, as well as medicolegal and ethical aspects of patient care.
As a faculty, we are also interested in social determinants of health and the social epidemiology and health demography of populations (particularly as it relates to health equity and services disparities). A great deal of curricular interaction is present between our faculty and the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.
Learn more about Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences academic contribution to the Medical School.