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Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

HOD's Message:

It is a fact beyond any doubt that health and disease are related to biology at least as much as they are related to economics, politics, ecology, society and its culture. The fact that social, behavioral, and cultural aspects of health and the etiology of diseases are deeply rooted is evident from the study of medical history. Despite early realizations, modern medicine remained and continued to be preoccupied with specific micro organic agents which were the direct and immediate causes of disease. In the more recent years, however, at least in developed societies, from sports sociologists to public health experts, from those interpreting medical statistics to those evaluating policies for care in old age, social scientists are working hard to make sure that health, leisure and social care services work to best effect.

In developing countries like Pakistan it is even more important to understand the social, behavioral, and economic reasons behind poor health. In this scenario the establishment of Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (DSBS) at NUMS is pivotal. Following the broader vision of NUMS - improving quality of health care by understanding through research and education – the focus of DSBS is on multi-disciplinary approach to health and quality research. For multi-disciplinary approach not only, all disciplines of social sciences but also bio-medicine are integrated both in teaching and research.

Vision:
Following NUMS motto of “understanding and improving life”, DSBS envisions a holistic exploration of health related issues using analytical lens offered by key social sciences disciplines like Anthropology, Psychology, History, Sociology, Philosophy, Geography, Linguistics, Economics and Logic.
Mission:
  • To develop interdisciplinary exchange of evidence based perspectives focused on health at national, regional and global level.
  • To provide quality education in different disciplines of social sciences and humanities.
  • To develop insight, concepts and techniques that will enable social sciences students to respond optimally to the health needs and expectations of society.
Objectives:
  1. To provide quality education in different disciplines of social sciences and humanities.
  2. To develop interdisciplinary exchange of evidence based perspectives focused on health at national, regional and global level.
  3. To develop insight, concepts and techniques that will enable social sciences students to respond optimally to the health needs and expectations of society.
Programs:

The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences currently offers the following academic programs:

  1. BS-Social Science of Health

Future Programs:

The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences will soon offer the following academic programs:

  1. M.Phil. and PhD in Anthropology

Contact Detail:

Phone: 051- 9270677 Ext: 141

Email: sbs@numspak.edu.pk