Department of Community and Behavioral Health

Who We Are

  • WSU’s Department of Community and Behavioral Health (CBH) in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is composed of scholars who investigate psychological, social, and societal factors that affect human health.
  • We are committed to generating new knowledge, training others, and using our work to improve the well-being of individuals and communities.

What We Do

  • We improve health outcomes by conducting community-informed research and developing evidence-based policies and practices.
  • We develop foundational knowledge and critical thinking by providing rigorous multidisciplinary training at the graduate, professional, and postgraduate levels.
  • We practice responsive community engagement and advocacy through service activities at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

Why We Do It

  • We aspire to create a more inclusive and just health system through interventions, programs, and policies that reduce health disparities, reject stigma, and improve community health.
  • We are reflexive and accountable to the communities we serve.
  • By our policies, practices, and behavior, we create and maintain a diverse, inclusive, and equitable department committed to social justice in our university and broader communities.
  • We recognize that the differences in our backgrounds and personal experiences help us better understand and address the complex health problems we study. We celebrate the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students.

Education Program

Bioethics Lab

Helps promote bioethics to medical students, faculty, and health care providers in furtherance of WSU’s land-grant mission. 

Medical Ethics

The Certificate in Medical Ethics is designed to prepare medical clinicians and ethics committee members to perform competent clinical ethics case consultation in a hospital, long-term care, or clinic setting.