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College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Section of Health and Social Behavior

Overview

The Section explores how the social environment and the contexts in which people live shape individual and community health. Faculty examine drivers of health behaviors at multiple levels of analysis – from decisions occurring at the individual level to broader environmental and structural factors that fundamentally shape health outcomes and “why people do what they do.” Areas of emphasis include the multiple social determinants of health, the social ecological model, epigenetics, and community-based participatory research.