The Department of Health Behavior and Policy’s mission is to transform the health landscape through multidisciplinary research, education, and service. Our research identifies the behavioral, social, organizational, and policy factors that affect the health of individuals and populations. We 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. Our research findings inform the translation of effective programs and policies into practice. We provide training to promote excellence in the next generation of health behavior and policy practitioners, educators, and scientists.
The department is located within the School of Medicine on the VCU health sciences campus. This urban setting is within easy walking distance of the Virginia Department of Health, the State Legislature, VCU's teaching hospital and the James River. The City of Richmond boasts historical architecture and a moderate cost of living, and consistently ranks among the best places to live and work according to Forbes, Money Magazine and Business Week.