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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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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)

Aging in Brazil

THE GERONTOLOGIST - Tramujas ...
Aging in Brazil

THE GERONTOLOGIST - Tramujas Vasconcellos Neumann and Albert give a brief overview of aging in Brazil by presenting some of the demographics and characteristics of the older adult population, the principles and innovative processes used in developing the main legislation for the rights of older peo... (12/04/2018)

Pittsburgh analysis: recommendations to reduce recidivism in Allegheny County transgender women

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Pittsburgh analysis: recommendations to reduce recidivism in Allegheny County transgender women

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - As part of her master’s thesis work, Stephanie Creasy (BCHS '17) performed a mixed-methods analysis that involved in-depth interviews with transgender women living in Allegheny County who had been previously incarcerated for nonviolent crimes, coupled with geospatial mapping o... (11/30/2018)

Gary-Webb ushers health equity policy into APHA Bylaws

UPMC - For the first time sin...
Gary-Webb ushers health equity policy into APHA Bylaws

UPMC - For the first time since 1964, APHA has a policy specifically dedicated to health equity, giving its members key facts so they can push their legislators for policies to eliminate health disparities in the United States. Development of the policy was led by Tiffany Gary-Webb (BCHS). “Althoug... (11/27/2018)

Thistle Elias and Yuae Park share their research at APHA 2018 examining barriers preventing participants in the WISEWOMAN program from implementing healthy lifestyle changes

APHA - Thistle Elias, BCHS pr...
Thistle Elias and Yuae Park share their research at APHA 2018 examining barriers preventing participants in the WISEWOMAN program from implementing healthy lifestyle changes

APHA - Thistle Elias, BCHS professor, and doctoral student, Yuae Park (BCHS) share their research examining the barriers preventing some participants in the WISEWOMAN (WW) program from implementing healthy lifestyle changes at APHA's 2018 annual meeting. The researchers interviewed 9 WW clients tha... (11/24/2018)

 

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