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Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Degree

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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Miller to present webinar on using brief interventions to prevent teen dating violence

HSTODAY - NIJ and the Federal...
Miller to present webinar on using brief interventions to prevent teen dating violence

HSTODAY - NIJ and the Federal Interagency Workgroup on Teen Dating Violence are hosting a moderated webinar on Monday, February 26, at 1:00 PM to discuss interventions to reduce TDV across multiple settings with potentially high-risk populations, including within adolescent health care settings. BC... (02/21/2018)

Albert and Agimi find in-person license renewal, not physician reporting, associated with fewer crash hospitalizations among drivers with dementia

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Health ...
Albert and Agimi find in-person license renewal, not physician reporting, associated with fewer crash hospitalizations among drivers with dementia

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Health data scientist Yll Agimi, and BCHS’s Steven Albert interprets interesting link, or lack thereof, between mandated licensing procedures and motor vehicle accidents by those afflicted with dementia. “Laws requiring physicians to report dementia patients to licensing aut... (02/12/2018)

Public Health Dynamics Lab on Opioid Crisis

PITT NEWS – Nearly 3,000 Penn...
Public Health Dynamics Lab on Opioid Crisis

PITT NEWS – Nearly 3,000 Pennsylvanians died of opioid overdoses in 2015, according to the Public Health Dynamic's Laboratory. But researchers like MICHAEL MALLON (BCHS '13), the project coordinator for the Graduate School of Public Health's Opioid Initiatives, are working to change that statistic.... (02/05/2018)

Albert and Agimi find in-person license renewal helps reduce dementia-related motor vehicle crashes

TRIB LIVE - Analyzing motor-v...
Albert and Agimi find in-person license renewal helps reduce dementia-related motor vehicle crashes

TRIB LIVE - Analyzing motor-vehicle-related hospital admissions, in-person license renewal laws and vision testing were found to dramatically reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents by drivers with dementia, according to BCHS' STEVEN ALBERT and YLL AGIMI (EPI '12) as published in Neurology.  ... (02/05/2018)

Pitt Public Health partner SisterFriend featured for #LetsMakeASEEN

Menstruation is a suppressed ...
Pitt Public Health partner SisterFriend featured for #LetsMakeASEEN

Menstruation is a suppressed topic in our society, it is usually a subject whispered about in school hallways, complained about in the bathroom or completely ignored in the workplace. Tamara Whiting has set out to normalize it with SisterFriend Inc., dedicated specifically to menstrual advocacy and... (02/05/2018)

 

Fri
2/23
Center for Health Equity Workshop
Focused Writing Session Center for Health Equity Workshop
Focused Writing Session
Fri 2/23 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Public Health 1154, JHF Conference Room

Fri
2/23
Center for Health Equity Event
Variance in Latino Voting Turnout: Education, Income, and Voting Restrictions - Scott Morgenstern Center for Health Equity Event
Variance in Latino Voting Turnout: Education, Income, and Voting Restrictions - Scott Morgenstern
Fri 2/23 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Public Health A521

Jointly presented by the Center for Health Equity and the Center for Latin American Studies. 

Tue
2/27
BCHS Seminar Series
Using Electronic Health Record Data to Study Social and Environmental Determinants of Health BCHS Seminar Series
Using Electronic Health Record Data to Study Social and Environmental Determinants of Health
Tue 2/27 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Public Health A521

Thu
3/1
BCHS Event
Grand Rounds "Periods Gone Public Pittsburgh" discussion with author Jennifer Weiss-WolfGrand Rounds "Periods Gone Public Pittsburgh" discussion with author Jennifer Weiss-Wolf BCHS Event
"Periods Gone Public Pittsburgh" discussion with author Jennifer Weiss-Wolf
Thu 3/1 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

SisterFriend and the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences are proud to welcome the author of Periods Gone Public, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf as she explores why periods have become a prominent, and even bipartisan political cause. From eliminating the “tampon tax,” to enacting new laws that ensure access to affordable, safe products, menstruation is no longer something to whisper about. The woman Bustle dubbed one of the nation’s “badass menstrual activists," Weiss-Wolf will share her firsthand account in the fight for menstrual equity and will challenge the audience to face stigma head-on, and to elevate an agenda that recognizes both the power—and the absolute normalcy—of menstruation.
Fri
3/9
Center for Health Equity Workshop
FOCUSED WRITING SESSION Center for Health Equity Workshop
FOCUSED WRITING SESSION
Fri 3/9 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Public Health 1154, JHF Conference Room

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