Welcome to the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • Faculty Front Page

    Faculty Front Page

  • Durban AIDS Conference 2016

    Durban AIDS Conference 2016

  • Research Day 2016

    Research Day 2016

  • i-BSHS 2016: Audrey Pettifor visit

    i-BSHS 2016: Audrey Pettifor visit

  • BSS Commencement 2016

    BSS Commencement 2016

The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) is a multidisciplinary academic department dedicated to understanding and improving the health behaviors and social contexts that most strongly impact population health and well-being. Our work has a particular emphasis on marginalized and vulnerable populations, both domestically and globally.

Through the School of Public Health’s centers and institutes, BSS faculty, fellows, and students conduct collaborative research across the translational spectrum on topics including:

  • Alcohol Use and Misuse
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
  • Drug Use and Misuse
  • Global Health
  • Health Disparities and Health Equity
  • HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Reproductive Health
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health
  • Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity
  • Smoking and Tobacco Use

The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences offers courses of study leading to Master of Science (ScM) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences. BSS faculty also teach and advise Brown undergraduates and train postdoctoral research fellows.

We invite you to learn about our mission and values , our exceptional faculty and cutting edge research, and our opportunities for education and training.

Christopher W. Kahler, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair



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