Who we are
We are a multi-disciplinary scholastic division of the College of Dental Medicine (CDM) committed to bringing the benefits of oral health and dental care to all and especially to those who are at greatest risk of oral diseases.
What we do
We support the teaching, research, and service missions of CDM and provide Health Sciences students with a variety of learning opportunities to explore the nature of their professions. Section faculty engage in questions of how the health professions inter-relate; how economic, governmental, and care delivery conditions influence oral health and the delivery of dental care; how behaviors of both dentists and patients influence health and care delivery; and how to best provide services to vulnerable populations such as those impacted by chronic illness and socioeconomic hardship. Despite our range of interests and endeavors, we are united in our commitment to improving oral health for all. We welcome your interest in us and your interest in sharing that commitment.
Opportunities and resources for faculty and students
Our work falls under three primary functions: scholarship and teaching; community liaison and service; and policy development and evaluation. Within each of these functions, there are several opportunities and resources available to students and faculty who wish to further their involvement in behavioral sciences and community health. The courses, programs, events, and resources detailed here are available to all dental students as well as students from across the Columbia community.
Location & Directions
The Section of Social and Behavioral Science is located in the Presbyterian Hospital Building, 622 West 168th Street, 17th Floor West in Suite 306. It is accessible by the “P&H” elevators, through the double doors, and to the right down the College’s corridor.