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Health and Behavioral Studies

Active learning

The aim of the College of Health and Behavioral Studies is to promote excellence in scholarship and professional development. Choose from an exciting range of high-quality programs that will provide you with excellent preparation for your chosen career.

The College's active learning environment will help you learn effectively and develop your academic and professional skills. It offers state-of-the-art facilities, an expert faculty, partnerships with local agencies and many international study experiences to enrich your education at James Madison University.

Departments in the College:

  • Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Health Sciences
  • Department of Kinesiology
  • Department of Social Work

Graduate success

Recent graduates from the College of Health and Behavioral Studies have gained employment in major firms around the world, including:

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • INOVA Health System
  • KLMK Group, LLC
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals
  • Sentara Healthcare Systems
  • World Health, Inc.
Dr. Claire Lyons, Professor, Department of Psychology

“Psychology is a fascinating science that explores how people and animals think, feel, and act. The study of psychology develops problem-solving, critical thinking skills and oral and written communication. Students of psychology learn how to use scientific methods to develop a better understanding of behavior.”

Dr. Claire Lyons, Professor, Department of Psychology

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How to apply

Ready to join us? Learn more the application process in order to start your journey to study at JMU International Study Center, or to apply for Direct Entry to James Madison University.

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International Study Center

Get the best start to your academic journey in the U.S. by beginning your journey with us in a supportive and welcoming environment.

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Entry requirements

Find out what grades you need in order to join us at the International Study Center, for either our International Year or direct admission to the University.