Sociomedical Sciences

Sociomedical Sciences sets public health challenges in broad social, historical, and political context. Faculty engage in action-oriented research that not only deepens critical scholarly perspectives in the social and behavioral sciences, but also empowers communities and informs public policy. We stand apart with our emphasis on social structure and how it is shaped by culture and history which, in turn, are shaped by the power and agency of individuals as well as social and political groups.

By bringing an interdisciplinary approach to public health, we enable students to apply social science theory and methods - ranging from anthropology, psychology, and sociology to economics, ethics, and history - to current public health issues. Students explore an expansive array of issues that includes sexuality, aging, health-promotion, urban health, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, drug use, healthcare access, and immigrant health.