We Create Healthier Communities

In the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, it's our mission to improve and promote health and equity by engaging individuals, communities, and systems through our research, teaching, and practice. 

We prepare students 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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Arnold named one of Pittsburgh Magazine's 40 under 40

PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE - The Cen...
Arnold named one of Pittsburgh Magazine's 40 under 40

PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE - The Center for Disease Control estimates that 130 people die in this country every day from opioid-related drug overdoses. As the executive director of Prevention Point Pittsburgh, Aaron Arnold (BCHS '13) is working to change that. In addition to offering a needle exchange pro... (11/04/2019)

Baumann's latest documentary examines transgender identities and reproductive health

WESA-FM -- A documentary abou...
Baumann's latest documentary examines transgender identities and reproductive health

WESA-FM -- A documentary about a local transgender musician’s reproductive health offers a new way to think about public health research: through the visual medium of film. Produced by Pitt Public Health postdoctoral associate Sara Baumann  (BCHS '19), the film focuses on Jude Benedict, who identif... (10/25/2019)

Opioid-related diagnoses and HIV, HCV and mental disorders: using Pennsylvania hospitalisation data to assess community-level relationships over space and time.

PUBMED - Sumetsky N, Burke JG...
Opioid-related diagnoses and HIV, HCV and mental disorders: using Pennsylvania hospitalisation data to assess community-level relationships over space and time.

PUBMED - Sumetsky N, Burke JG, Mair C find that previous-year opioid-related hospitalizations are connected to common comorbid conditions such as HCV, HIV and mental disorders, illustrating some of the broader health-related impacts of the opioid epidemic. (10/21/2019)

Approaches to identify unknown HIV-positive men who have sex with men in Nairobi, Kenya

SPRINGERLINK - Njagi M, Chand...
Approaches to identify unknown HIV-positive men who have sex with men in Nairobi, Kenya

SPRINGERLINK - Njagi M, Chandler,CJ, Coulter RWS, Siconolfi D, Stall R, Egan JE find that clinics using a social and sexual network index testing strategy with Kenyan MSM had significantly higher incidence rates of HIV diagnoses than control clinics.  (10/21/2019)

HIV treatment cascade by housing status at enrollment: results from a retention in care cohort.

PUBMED - Hawk M, Maulsby C, E...
HIV treatment cascade by housing status at enrollment: results from a retention in care cohort.

PUBMED - Hawk M, Maulsby C, Enobun B, Kinsky S, AIDS United Retention in Care Intervention Team, find that evidence-based support and services help people living with HIV/AIDS who lack stable housing mitigate barriers to engagement in care. (10/21/2019)

 

Fri
11/15
BCHS Dissertation Defense
Cynthia Salter - Exploration of Experiences of Birth Trauma of Maternity Healthcare Professionals BCHS Dissertation Defense
Cynthia Salter - Exploration of Experiences of Birth Trauma of Maternity Healthcare Professionals
Fri 11/15 10:00AM - 12:00PM
1155 Public Health, Foster Conf. Rm. (former 1149)

Fri
11/15
Center for Health Equity Meeting
Journal Club Center for Health Equity Meeting
Journal Club
Fri 11/15 1:00PM - 2:00PM
A521 Public Health

Fri
11/22
Center for Health Equity Meeting
Focused Writing Sessions Center for Health Equity Meeting
Focused Writing Sessions
Fri 11/22 9:00AM - 12:00PM
1154 Public Health, JHF Conference Room

Fri
12/6
Center for Health Equity Meeting
Focused Writing Sessions Center for Health Equity Meeting
Focused Writing Sessions
Fri 12/6 9:00AM - 12:00PM
1154 Public Health, JHF Conference Room

Fri
12/13
Center for Health Equity Meeting
Emerging Latinx Communities Reading and Publishing Group Center for Health Equity Meeting
Emerging Latinx Communities Reading and Publishing Group
Fri 12/13 10:30AM - 11:30AM
1154 Public Health, JHF Conference Room