Behavioral Science

Job Description

Career Paths

Behavioral scientists are able to choose their own unique career paths thanks to the wide variety of applications within this field of study. Combining knowledge of sociology, psychology and anthropology with strong observation and communication skills, a behavioral scientist works with communities and individuals, examining behavior and decision-making. Some specialize in animal behavior, often working in natural environments to study a particular species.

In general, behavioral science specialties fall into two categories: neural-decision and social-communication. Neural-decision science studies the way humans make choices or decisions, while social-communication science looks at how humans communicate, both verbally and non-verbally. Regardless of which field or specialty they choose, behavioral scientists enjoy the opportunity to help individuals, make positive changes to society, and further this fascinating scientific field.

Further description

Health advocacy encompasses direct service to the individual or family as well as activities that promote health and access to health care in communities and the larger public. Advocates support and promote the rights of the patient in the health care arena, help build capacity to improve community health and enhance health policy initiatives focused on available, safe and quality care. Health Advocates are suited best to address challenge of patient-centered care in our complex healthcare system. The Institute of Medicine(IOM) defines patient-centered care as: Health care that establishes a partnership among practitioners, patients, and their families (when appropriate) to ensure that decisions respect patients’ wants, needs, and preferences and that patients have the education and support they need to make decisions and participate in their own care.

University of Pheonix

University of Pheonix offers a Psychology major concentrated in Behavioral Science