Most of the major killer diseases in developed countries stem from behavior – such as smoking, drinking, unhealthy diet, sedentary behavior, sexual risk-taking, and violence – so public health practitioners need to understand why people engage in these behaviors and what we can do to help people behave in a healthier way. The factors that influence behavior include knowledge, family structure, economic status, social norms, and the physical environment. In Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences our laboratory is the communities we serve. We study why people adopt unhealthy lifestyles and how effective attempts are to help them adopt healthier lifestyles.
Please view our GCHB Faculty Profiles to learn more about the department's current research, or the SPHTM Research Map to check out all the locations SPHTM faculty are conducting research.