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School of Public Health

Department of Health Behavior, Society and Policy

About Us

The Department of Health Behavior, Society, and Policy focuses on social and behavioral health, health systems and policy, population aging and mental health, as well as other areas like economics and ethics through its research, educational programs, and community engagement activities.

The department is committed to improving the development, implementation, dissemination, and sustainment of interventions that optimize public health.

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Our Faculty





In addition to our department's primary faculty members, we also have individuals from across the university and partner organizations who hold secondary faculty appointments within our department. You can find a list of our secondary faculty here

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Our Alumni

Alumni of the Department of Health Behavior, Society, and Policy can be found in public and private sector industries including health departments, hospitals, consulting firms, health insurance, managed care agencies, biotech and pharmaceutical industries, academia, and government. Our graduates can be found at:

  •  Abbott Laboratories
  •  American Heart Association
  •  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  •  Essex County Child Passenger Safety Coalition
  •  March of Dimes
  •  Mathematica Policy Research
  •  Merck & Company, Inc.
  •  Middlesex County Office on Aging
  •  Monmouth County Department of Health
  •  National Cancer Institute
  •  National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
  •  NYC Health and Hospital Corporation
  •  Planned Parenthood, NYC
  •  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  •  Thomas Reuters
  •  Union County LINCS
  •  University of Michigan Health Systems
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Manisha, MD, MPH'21

“My MPH in Health Systems and Policy allowed me to acquire a deeper understanding of the evolution of the health system in this country and the economic, social, legal, and political forces that shape it… With Rutgers University informing, supporting, and stimulating sound health policy in New Jersey, the Rutgers School of Public Health was an excellent choice to advance my career goals.”

- Manisha MD, MPH'21

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Sara, PhD’ 21, MPH, RDN

“During most of my PhD, I was fortunate to work in the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Department of Family & Community Health Sciences where I provided nutrition and health education to the community as well as worked on policy, systems, and environmental changes to make the community a healthier place. It is both rewarding and impactful work that I look forward to continuing for years to come.”
- Sara, PhD’ 21, MPH, RDN

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