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The Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (BCHS) of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health prepares students pursuing a behavioral sciences degree to apply theories, concepts, and methods of the various social and behavioral science disciplines to the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs that prevent illness and promote health. BCHS applies research on the dynamics of health behavior change to improve community health.

All diseases are shaped by behavioral and sociocultural factors. To improve health outcomes and promote health, we believe these diseases must be understood as a function of the individual, family, organizations, communities, and public policy. This system is dynamic and shapes things like access to care and adherence to care recommendations. Accordingly, the behavioral and community health sciences within public health assess the health needs of populations and communities, design interventions to prevent disease and increase adherence based on social/behavioral theory, and use research methods to evaluate these programs and recommend improvement, often within community-based settings.

The Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences emphasizes community-based programs and works with grass roots, nonprofit, private, philanthropic, and governmental organizations. We also collaborate extensively with other departments and centers within Pitt Public Health and throughout the University to carry out the teaching, research, and service mission.

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Wondering what BCHS students do after graduation? Check out the latest outcomes survey to find out the top employment sectors, job titles, employers, and more for recent BCHS graduates.

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Global Health at Home: Leff on Products of Pittsburgh podcast

PRODUCTS OF PITTSBURGH - In 2...
Global Health at Home: Leff on Products of Pittsburgh podcast

PRODUCTS OF PITTSBURGH - In 2013, Mara Leff (BCHS '16), now director of innovation at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, moved from Washington, D.C., back to her hometown of Pittsburgh to study global health at Pitt Public Health. Her research took her across the world, although after graduating, Le... (02/11/2019)

Albert on program that helps seniors continue to live independently

REUTERS - "You really want to...
Albert on program that helps seniors continue to live independently

REUTERS - "You really want to see people be independent and able to manage without help from their families or from paid services," said BCHS's Steve Albert. "Presumably if you can improve function with the activities of daily life, you reduce the risk of nursing home placement."  (01/14/2019)

Dougherty named deputy commissioner of alcohol and drug abuse programs in Vermont

VERMONT BUSINESS MAGAZINE - "...
Dougherty named deputy commissioner of alcohol and drug abuse programs in Vermont

VERMONT BUSINESS MAGAZINE - "I am eager to join the health department in its work to strengthen prevention efforts and to ensure that every Vermonter has access to effective treatment and recovery services," said Kelly Dougherty (BCHS '00). (01/09/2019)

Maseru co-writes Birth Equity Consensus Statement

MARCH OF DIMES - BCHS's Noble...
Maseru co-writes Birth Equity Consensus Statement

MARCH OF DIMES - BCHS's Noble Maseru co-authored "Birth Equity for Moms and Babies Concensus Statement" to advance social determinants pathways for research, policy, and practice. Among the recommendations: improve maternal death surveillance, expand research, engage in health system reform, empowe... (01/02/2019)

Schulz research on life after bereavement is highlighted in 'Starts at 60'

STARTS AT 60 - EPI and BCHS's...
Schulz research on life after bereavement is highlighted in 'Starts at 60'

STARTS AT 60 - EPI and BCHS's Richard Schulz led a 2008 study on life after bereavement and found that 10 to 15% of carers would experience chronic depression after the death of the person they cared for. Interestingly, this percentage doubled for carers of people affected by dementia. The reason f... (12/11/2018)

 

Fri
2/15
Center for Health Equity Workshop
Center for Health Equity Focused Writing Center for Health Equity Workshop
Center for Health Equity Focused Writing
Fri 2/15 9:00AM - 12:00PM
1154 Public Health, JHF Conference Room

students, community members, faculty and staff: Work on your class papers, report, manuscript, grant proposal, thesis or dissertation – or whatever you need to write! We take advantage of peer pressure to focus on writing. Coffee and light snacks available to help you concentrate.

Fri
2/15
Center for Health Equity Journal Club
Center for Health Equity Journal Club Center for Health Equity Journal Club
Center for Health Equity Journal Club
Fri 2/15 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Community Engagement Center in Homewood

Thu
2/21
Center for Health Equity Lecture
Race, Science, And Technology In The Global African World Center for Health Equity Lecture
Race, Science, And Technology In The Global African World
Thu 2/21 5:00PM - 8:00PM
University Club

Mon
2/25
Center for Health Equity Deadline
Call for Abstracts - Health Disparities Poster Competition Center for Health Equity Deadline
Call for Abstracts - Health Disparities Poster Competition
Mon 2/25


Graduate and professional students and postdocs in the biomedical and behavioral sciences are invited to submit work related to disparities based upon race or ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, and other parameters. Present your work and expand your scientific, professional skill set! 

Fri
3/1
Center for Health Equity Workshop
Center for Health Equity Focused Writing Center for Health Equity Workshop
Center for Health Equity Focused Writing
Fri 3/1 9:00AM - 12:00PM
1154 Public Health, JHF Conference Room

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