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Degrees Offered: Ph.D.

Biobehavioral Health (BBH) is an innovative, interdisciplinary program that examines the intersection of biological, psychological, environmental, and cultural influences on health and disease throughout the lifespan. It is the fundamental principle of the department that an integrative approach to health research and health care holds the greatest potential to advance health. The program is designed to train and develop the next leaders in basic, mechanistic, and applied research that addresses fundamental issues in health and prevention. BBH also values diversity and views it as an important factor in understanding health disparities and advancing health.

Graduate students in BBH apply their interdisciplinary approach to improving health within careers in research, education, and health policy in diverse settings such as academia, research centers, government, health care facilities, and private industry.

Areas of biological training:

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Behavioral endocrinology
  • Physiology
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Genetics

Areas of behavioral sciences training:

  • Health promotion
  • Health psychology
  • Health and vulnerable populations
  • Epidemiology
  • Socio-ethical dynamics
  • Global Health
  • Behavioral pharmacology
  • Social psychology
  • Cognition


Applying to the Biobehavioral Health Graduate Program

For More Information Contact

Shannon Anthony

Graduate Program Staff Assistant
219 Biobehavioral Health Building
Phone: 814-863-7424
Fax Number: 814-863-7525