Welcome to the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences

The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) is a multidisciplinary academic department in the Brown University School of Public Health. Over 50 BSS faculty members are actively engaged in research and teaching to understand the behavioral and social determinants of public health problems and to develop interventions to change behaviors and improve social contexts related to public health. BSS faculty conduct collaborative research with a substantive focus on behavioral health issues such as alcohol and other drug abuse; smoking and tobacco use; obesity, nutrition, and physical activity; HIV and sexually transmitted infections; and health disparities and culture

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 SciencesBSS faculty also teach and advise Brown undergraduates and train and mentor postdoctoral research fellows.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our cutting edge research and opportunities for training.

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