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Health and Behavioral Studies

Do you want to be able to make good decisions with respect to health, fitness, behavior, and social welfare?  Would you like to get ready for a career that focuses on helping people with these sorts of concerns? If so, the academic programs of the College of Health and Behavioral Studies may be perfect for you!

We prepare students through student-centered classes, laboratory and field experiences, and close interactions with professors who love teaching and mentoring students. Expert faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, partnerships with local agencies and numerous international study experiences are hallmarks of our high-quality, active learning environment.

Read about students enrolled in our programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Graduate Psychology, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Nursing, Psychology, and Social Work.

Alumni from all of our programs do amazing things. Perhaps you will join them.

JMU nursing students participate in a simulation lab.


Harrisonburg High School students come to JMU for a mini-med school experience
  • We have 10 communication sciences and disorders-related research labs. Hands-on learning happens everywhere in our health and human services academic areas.
  • Our social work majors complete 472 hours of directed field practice under supervision of a specially selected agency staff member and faculty field instructor.
  • Students in our rigorous athletic training program complete about 900 clinical hours prior to graduation.
  • Thirty-four Health Services Administration students completed internships during summer 2013 in various settings like long-term care organizations, physician practices, hospitals and consulting firms. Forty one percent of these interns assumed full-time positions at their respective internship organizations. The remainder of these interns are in graduate school, employed in other organizations or are seeking employment as of August, 2013.
  • During 2012-13, the Department of Psychology offered 590 independent study experiences and 37 field placements, and 11 students completed honors thesis projects.
  • During 2012-13, our Institute for Innovation in Health and Services provided hands-on learning opportunities to 822 students from 39 degree programs. Collectively they provided 38,595 hours of service to the local community.   

What do our professors say?

Professor Margaret BagnardiHealth care is changing at such an exponential rate. Keeping up with the current research is imperative for safe, effective nursing care.

- Margaret Bagnardi, CHBS professor of nursing, champion of excellent patient care