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Message from the Chair

Welcome to the laboratory for your life! Our department houses the undergraduate and graduate programs in psychology/health psychology. Psychology students are working with faculty in their labs studying neuroscience and cognition and the psychology of eating and dietary behavior, as well as how we handle pain. Our advanced courses in social science—such as medical anthropology or sociology —get you out into the community to learn how culture and society shapes our choice of friends, careers, and health-related habits. And virtually every student at USciences learns how to make a scientific presentation—or even whisper more effectively—from our courses in communication.

Keep our major, minors, and courses in mind as you prepare yourself for a career in the sciences or healthcare. It is well known that more than half of all causes of mortality in the U.S. are linked to social and behavioral factors. These can’t be “cured” with medication, surgery, or even new technology. So, medical schools and other health professions programs are incorporating behavioral and social sciences into their curricula to provide more focus on patient behavior, as well as on communication between patients and healthcare providers. Get a jump on the competition by becoming more fluent in cultural competency, health behavior psychology, and especially healthcare communication in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences. We welcome you on any level!

Claudia Parvanta, PhD

Chair, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Professor of Anthropology

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