The Department of Behavioral and Community Health is an active partner with the local, national, and global community.  Our faculty have conducted and are currently in the process of researching many areas of health behavior.  Some of the areas of research that have been recently supported through grants are:

  • Drug Abuse Tracteories in the Transition to Adulthood: Risk Factors and Outcomes. PI: Dr. Amelia Arria.  Sponsor: NIDA
  • Drug Use Trajectoris and the Transition to Adulthood Among Maltreated Youth.  PI: Dr. Amelia Arria.  Sponsor: University of Maryland School of Medicine via NIDA
  • Motor Carrier Special Projects Carrier. PI: Dr. Kenneth Beck.  Sponsor:  STMD-State Highway Administration
  • For a complete listing of recent grants, please visit our listing of Research Grants Several centers have been established and are led by our faculty affiliated with the Department of Behavioral and Community Health to conduct this research in the areas of tobacco research, young adult health, cancer prevention, and health behavior.  These centers conduct focused clinical and community based participatory research. Each center works to improve the lives of community members and reduce health disparities in our region through the implementation of evidence based programs, advocacy for policy change, research, and delivery of services.


The Department is actively involved in serving the community through these established centers but also through experiences for students.  Students in the department have the opportunity to complete independent studies, travel abroad, and are required to complete an internship during their final semester.  HLTH 391, a junior level undergraduate class conducts health fairs in the Prince George’s County area each semester providing screenings and information on relevant health topics to its citizens.  Visit our Service page for more details on our outreach to the community.  

Global Engagement

The Department offers two unique study abroad experiences in Germany and India.  Each of these opportunities immerses students into the culture and relevant public health issues of the region. 

To read more about these programs visit Global Engagement.