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Researchers in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences embrace the trifold mission of Clemson University by linking teaching, research and public service with a focus on building internal and external partnerships.

CBSHS Priorities: The complex challenges facing society demand multi-faceted and integrated entrepreneurial, programmatic, and policy approaches to their resolution. The College is uniquely positioned to provide leadership in these integrated approaches at the local, state, national, and international levels through innovative education, research, and service guided by three overarching priorities: health, environment, and communities.

Health spans a continuum from acute or chronic illness to wellness. Both personal and population health are affected by a broad array of determinants, including individual behaviors and lifestyle factors, genetics, family, community and culture, social and economic forces, and public and personal health systems (e.g., access, quality, and safety). The College emphasizes community health promotion and prevention, and quality patient care to engage individuals, families, communities, and populations in optimizing physical and mental health.

The environment includes natural, built and social dimensions. Healthy environments are essential to sustain individual, family, neighborhood, and community well-being and quality of life. All environmental issues are fundamentally based on human and societal choices that affect resource quality and preservation, personal health, sense of pride in community, and economic development. The College fosters solutions to troubling environmental issues that require more than technical approaches. Resolving these issues requires changes in human behavior and collaboration between individuals and organizations across public and private sectors

Healthy and sustainable communities assure the physical, social, and economic well-being of their residents. These communities demonstrate the value of mutual assistance by creating opportunities for social engagement and support. They foster a strong, local economy predicated on principles of fairness, justice, and respect for the environment. The College promotes the development of sustainable communities that demonstrate transparent governance, a commitment to diversity, broad civic engagement, and respect for equal opportunity in the political, economic, organizational, and social life of residents.