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Center for Health Improvement and Prevention Studies


The Center for Health Improvement and Prevention Studies (CHIPS) has conducted numerous research projects to increase understanding of the many ways that patients receive help from health care professionals and the health care system in changing their health-related behaviors.

These studies have generated important contributions in the areas of health psychology and provider behavior. The research program has also extended across different research domains including HIV/AIDS; tobacco and substance use; domestic violence; weight gain, dietary habits and physical activity; and skin cancer.

CHIPS is the research arm of the Division of Behavioral Sciences, Professionalism, and Ethics, which is situated within the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, UCSF School of Dentistry.

Through the Division of Behavioral Sciences, the multi-disciplinary research staff and faculty at CHIPS also provide seminars and lectures to students of the UCSF School of Dentistry and other UCSF schools.


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Page last updated September 18, 2009