This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2023-2024 VCU Bulletin. This edition includes all programs and courses approved by the publication deadline; however we may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

Jessica G. LaRose, Ph.D.
Professor and interim chair

The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences promotes health equity through a longstanding commitment to multidisciplinary research, education, training and service. Department faculty, staff and students, with globally diverse training and educational backgrounds, identify and address behavioral and social factors that affect the health of individuals and populations. The department has a specific focus on uncovering how these factors converge to produce structures that systematically disadvantage segments of the population and perpetuate health disparities. From community-based participatory research to clinical studies, students will use rigorous qualitative and quantitative methods to produce research and programming that contribute to relevant and actionable solutions that move the world closer to achieving health equity.