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The Ruth Whitaker Holmes School of Behavioral & Health Sciences

Reimagining health education and healthcare to meet the needs of the community.


Together we can change lives.

You have a passion for helping people and a scientific curiosity. Hood has dedicated, practitioner-based faculty, collaborative community partnerships and access to exceptional practical experiences. Your long, rewarding career in behavioral and health sciences starts right here.

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The mission of the Ruth Whitaker Holmes School of Behavioral and Health Sciences is to prepare graduates to support and advocate for the needs of diverse communities by providing a holistic study of health and behavior as a continuum of physical, mental, and social well-being. The School provides an interdisciplinary learning environment consistent with the college’s liberal arts mission and applied through research and practice environments.

Health care jobs are in high demand.

There's a 16% projected growth of health care occupations from 2020 to 2030.


You don't have to be a physician to have a high-paying job.

$75k is the median annual wage for health care practitioners and technical occupations.

Mental health needs are growing.

There's a 23% projected growth of substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselor occupations from 2020 to 2030.