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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Baumann Investigates Illegal Practice Against Women in Nepal

Sarah Baumann (BCHS '19) spen...
Baumann Investigates Illegal Practice Against Women in Nepal

Sarah Baumann (BCHS '19) spent the past nine months in Nepal, in part conducting qualitative research and data collection on  chhaupadi , an illegal cultural tradition that isolates menstruating women – who are considered “unclean” – to huts, basements or livestock sheds. Baumann has long researche... (07/19/2019)

Meet joint-degree student Alyssa Amendola (BCHS/GSPIA), Coverdell Fellow

The Peace Corps showed Alyssa...
Meet joint-degree student Alyssa Amendola (BCHS/GSPIA), Coverdell Fellow

The Peace Corps showed Alyssa Amendola that she wanted to pursue public health. She chose Pitt because of our focus on global health, eclectic research interests, and strong faculty. Her time in the Peace Corps also helped prepare her for graduate school. "I gained a new perspective that I would no... (06/20/2019)

Brown takes lead of Pittsburgh Black Pride

BCHS's Andre Brown recently a...
Brown takes lead of Pittsburgh Black Pride

BCHS's Andre Brown recently assumed the role as executive director for Pittsburgh Black Pride (PBP). Since 1995, the Pittsburgh Black Pride Association has provided entertainment, social information, and health education to Black LBGTQIA+ individuals and families in the city of Pittsburgh and acros... (06/12/2019)

Shootings are down in the city, but up in the county. Garland talks to KDKA Newsradio

KDKA 1020 - BCHS's Richard Ga...
Shootings are down in the city, but up in the county. Garland talks to KDKA Newsradio

KDKA 1020 - BCHS's Richard Garland spoke to Lynne Hayes-Freeland about his work as director of the Violence Prevention Project, where he sees gunshot victims in the area, offering them services. He also talked about violence as a disease and how outreach workers interupt the spread.  (06/10/2019)

Garland on gun violence at Prevention 2019

BCHS' Richard Garland was amo...
Garland on gun violence at Prevention 2019

BCHS' Richard Garland was among the presenters at the American College of Preventive Medicine's Prevention 2019 meeting held in Pittsburgh in May. Garland was on a panel called Lessons about Gun Violence from the National Violent Death Reporting System.  (06/03/2019)

 

Wed
7/24
Center for Health Equity Event
Pittsburgh Black PridePittsburgh Black Pride Center for Health Equity Event
Pittsburgh Black Pride
Wed 7/24 to Sun 7/28
Pittsburgh, PA

Join Pittsburgh Black Pride for several events opening Wednesday, July 24 at the August Wilson Center and including karaoke, happy hour, family day with health fair, and a community barbeque. Learn more at pghblackpride.org. Free!!

Wed
8/14
BCHS Dissertation Defense
Jonathan Raviotta - The Development Testing of the 4 Pillars™ Practice Transformation Program BCHS Dissertation Defense
Jonathan Raviotta - The Development Testing of the 4 Pillars™ Practice Transformation Program
Wed 8/14 11:00AM - 1:00PM
6128 Public Health, Meeting Room