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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Read the latest from BCHS in inaugural issue of newsletter (PDF)

In case you missed it - head ...
Read the latest from BCHS in inaugural issue of newsletter (PDF)

In case you missed it - head into the new academic year by catching up with the highlights from BCHS faculty, students, and staff with the 2019 newsletter.  (08/25/2019)

Nowalk authors chapter in upcoming public health guide to opioid epidemic

Alex Nowalk (BCHS '16), progr...
Nowalk authors chapter in upcoming public health guide to opioid epidemic

Alex Nowalk (BCHS '16), program director at Pitt's Program Evaluation and Research Unit, recently co-authored a chapter in an upcoming book, A Public Health Guide to Ending the Opioid Epidemic. Nowalk's chapter presents screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment as a public health and... (08/25/2019)

Making Pitt Work: Browne's focus has always been on diversity

UNIVERSITY TIMES - After spen...
Making Pitt Work: Browne's focus has always been on diversity

UNIVERSITY TIMES - After spending 2002-09 at Pitt as project director and community health coordinator for the Center for Minority Health (now the Center for Health Equity), Mario Browne (BCHS '05) returned in 2011 as the director of diversity for the Schools of the Health Sciences and now aims to ... (08/24/2019)

Burke among Women of Impact selected for Your Indelible Mark training

BCHS's Jessie Burke was among...
Burke among Women of Impact selected for Your Indelible Mark training

BCHS's Jessie Burke was among 25 exceptional women leaders in health who met in Pittsburgh this month to explore their career and life goals and learn to address organizational and cultural barriers and meet life-stage challenges. The training was sponsored by Women of Impact, a group of women repr... (08/15/2019)

Burke and O'Malley help National Domestic Violence Hotline

Professor Jessica Burke and s...
Burke and O'Malley help National Domestic Violence Hotline

Professor Jessica Burke and student Teagan O'Malley (BCHS '12 '19) developed a framework for evaluating and improving the effectiveness of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which responds to over 1000 calls for help each day. Burke and O'Malley engaged multiple stakeholders including service ... (08/13/2019)

 

Fri
9/20
Center for Health Equity Lecture
Grand Rounds Engaging "Hard-to-Reach" Communities in Research through Community Resident Research Teams Center for Health Equity Lecture
Engaging "Hard-to-Reach" Communities in Research through Community Resident Research Teams
Fri 9/20 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Mon
9/23
Center for Health Equity Conference
Grand Rounds 400 Years of Inequality: Achieving Redemption, Reconciliation, and Equity Today Center for Health Equity Conference
400 Years of Inequality: Achieving Redemption, Reconciliation, and Equity Today
Mon 9/23 8:30AM - 4:00PM
William Pitt Union

As this nation marks 400 hundred years of inequality since 1619 when the first enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown, nationally prominent scholars and community activists join in a one-day symposium examining this American legacy. How does the racial and social oppression forced upon enslaved Africans and their descendants translate to racial inequities? And what are the remedies, successful interventions, and steps necessary for achieving equity today

Fri
9/27
Center for Health Equity Meeting
Focused Writing Sessions Center for Health Equity Meeting
Focused Writing Sessions
Fri 9/27 9:00AM - 12:00PM
1154 Public Health, JHF Conference Room

Fri
10/11
Center for Health Equity Event
Grand Rounds Family separations: short and long-term effect on children Center for Health Equity Event
Family separations: short and long-term effect on children
Fri 10/11 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Family separations have been a crisis at the U.S. Southern Border. These separations are an adverse childhood event, one that most likley will produce trauma with lifelong consequences. Hear experts and those working in the community share their perspectives, engage in discussion, and answer questions.