Vanessa Sheppard, Ph.D.
Professor and chair

The Department of Health Behavior and Policy’s mission is to transform the health landscape through multidisciplinary research, education and service. The department’s research identifies the behavioral, social, organizational and policy factors that affect the health of individuals and populations. Faculty members and students utilize rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods and engage diverse communities to develop and evaluate programs and policies designed to promote health, improve health care delivery and reduce health disparities. Research findings inform the translation of effective programs and policies into practice. The department provides training to and promotes excellence in the next generation of health behavior and policy practitioners, educators and scientists.