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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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BCHS's Hawk and Gary-Webb participate in event honoring recently promoted women faculty

BCHS associate professors Mar...
BCHS's Hawk and Gary-Webb participate in event honoring recently promoted women faculty

BCHS associate professors Mary Hawk and Tiffany Gary-Webb participated in the provost's recent event, “A Celebration of Newly Promoted Women Faculty.” Sponsored by the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Concerns (PACWC), the event featured a panel of accomplished women professors offering pers... (03/12/2019)

BCHS’s Baumann receives 2019 Silverman Scholarship

Doctoral student Sara Baumann...
BCHS’s Baumann receives 2019 Silverman Scholarship

Doctoral student Sara Baumann (BCHS ’19) has received the Silverman Scholarship from the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. The funds will support her research on chhaupadi in Nepal, a traditional harmful practice where women and girls are isolated during their menstrual cycl... (02/21/2019)

BCHS alum accepted for Harvard crisis leadership program

Nicolle Nestler (BCHS ‘11) ...
BCHS alum accepted for Harvard crisis leadership program

Nicolle Nestler (BCHS ‘11) was recently accepted to Harvard’s  Emerging   Leaders   in   Crisis   Program.  Currently, a hospital preparedness program administrator at the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Nestler seeks to further develop her leadership, communication, and collaboration skills i... (02/20/2019)

Elias receives Chancellor's Distinguished Service Award

Congrats to professor (and al...
Elias receives Chancellor's Distinguished Service Award

Congrats to professor (and alum) Thistle Elias (BCHS '12) on winning the 2019 award - a major honor recognizing continuing work with Bridging the Gaps, a premier service-learning opportunity for Pitt students. The award "recognizes... efforts [that] far exceed the traditional duties expected of a f... (02/20/2019)

Global Health at Home: Leff on Products of Pittsburgh podcast

PRODUCTS OF PITTSBURGH - In 2...
Global Health at Home: Leff on Products of Pittsburgh podcast

PRODUCTS OF PITTSBURGH - In 2013, Mara Leff (BCHS '16), now director of innovation at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, moved from Washington, D.C., back to her hometown of Pittsburgh to study global health at Pitt Public Health. Her research took her across the world, although after graduating, Le... (02/11/2019)

 

Fri
3/22
Center for Health Equity Panel Discussion
Grand Rounds Civil Society Responses to Latino Immigrant IssuesGrand Rounds Civil Society Responses to Latino Immigrant Issues Center for Health Equity Panel Discussion
Civil Society Responses to Latino Immigrant Issues
Fri 3/22 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1149 Public Health, Foster Conference Room

A panel discussion featuring leaders from the area's latino community resource agencies. 

Fri
3/29
Center for Health Equity Workshop
Center for Health Equity Focused Writing Center for Health Equity Workshop
Center for Health Equity Focused Writing
Fri 3/29 9:00AM - 12:00PM
1154 Public Health, JHF Conference Room

Fri
3/29
BCHS Dissertation Defense
Jordan Sang Dissertation Defense BCHS Dissertation Defense
Jordan Sang Dissertation Defense
Fri 3/29 1:00PM - 3:00PM
2121C Public Health

Mon
4/1
BCHS Dissertation Defense
Kelly Williams Dissertation Defense BCHS Dissertation Defense
Kelly Williams Dissertation Defense
Mon 4/1 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2121C Public Health

Fri
4/5
Center for Health Equity Workshop
Center for Health Equity Focused Writing Center for Health Equity Workshop
Center for Health Equity Focused Writing
Fri 4/5 9:00AM - 12:00PM
1154 Public Health, JHF Conference Room

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