What is Behavioral Medicine?
Behavioral Medicine is the interdisciplinary field concerned with the development and integration of behavioral, psychosocial, and biomedical science knowledge and techniques relevant to the understanding of health and illness, and the application of this knowledge and these techniques to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.
What kinds of degrees do behavioral medicine specialists possess?
Behavioral medicine specialists work in many different fields and can possess many different degrees. Degrees behavioral medicine specialists hold can include, but are not limited to: PhD, MD, EdD, PsyD, DrPH, DDS, DSc/ScD, JD, NP, APRN, RD, RN, CHES, LPC, NCC, DCC, MBA, MSN, MEd/EdM, MSW, MPH, MSPH, MLIR/MLIS/MLS, MHK, MS, MA, MBBS, BScKin/BHK/BKin, BCB, BS, BA and many more.
What types of career paths do behavioral medicine specialists follow?
Many types of professionals work in the field of behavioral medicine. Some behavioral medicine professions include but are not limited to: psychologist, researcher, nurse, health educator, physician, epidemiologist, administrator, statistician, physiologist, nutritionist, sociologist, social worker, anthropologist, dentist, exercise physiologist, geneticist, pharmacist and anyone else that works to promote healthy behaviors to improve the health and well-being of people in our communities.
Many behavioral medicine career paths can travel through several different directions over the course of a lifetime. To learn about some individual accounts of career trajectories in behavioral medicine, or to view the results of SBM’s Career Trajectories survey, visit the Career Trajectories section.
In what settings do behavioral medicine specialists typically work?
The field of behavioral medicine is associated with many different professional settings. You can find a behavioral medicine colleague in settings including, but not limited to: research organizations, colleges, medical schools, hospitals, governments, private practices, schools of public health, corporations, and nursing schools.
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