Social and Behavioral Sciences

The mission of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) is to promote training and research that is focused on: 

(1) understanding the psychosocial, behavioral, community, and societal influences on health in the general population, including those who are disadvantaged; and 

(2) creating multilevel interventions that eliminate barriers to health, from infancy to old age.

The Department of SBS, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to addressing health problems, is the conceptual successor to Yale School of Medicine’s former Institute of Human Relations, which was founded in 1929.

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Students assess the state’s ability to meet HIV-related needs for people over 50

Due to the longer survival afforded by antiretroviral therapy and high rates of new infections among people over age 50, senior service agencies in Connecticut have more clients than ever living with or at risk for HIV.