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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Dean’s Day 2022 First Place, Doctoral Category: Chinwoke Isiguzo

BCHS student Chinwoke Isiguzo...
Dean’s Day 2022 First Place, Doctoral Category: Chinwoke Isiguzo

BCHS student Chinwoke Isiguzo, won first place among doctoral students for the project, “Effects of discrimination and microaggressions on exclusive breastfeeding: the role of stress”. (05/09/2022)

Dean’s Day 2022 Second Place, Master’s Category: Monica Henderson

BCHS student Monica Henderson...
Dean’s Day 2022 Second Place, Master’s Category: Monica Henderson

BCHS student Monica Henderson won second place among master’s students for the project, “Black Hair Politics: A Public Health Concern”. (05/09/2022)

Saldana named Vice President at Abt Associates

Congratulations to Kelly Sald...
Saldana named Vice President at Abt Associates

Congratulations to Kelly Saldana (BCHS '01) who joins Abt Associates as vice president, systems strengthening and resilience. Saldana was previously employed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), where she has held increasingly senior roles in the agency's health sector for the pa... (04/05/2022)

BCHS' Richard Garland receives Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award

Congratulations to assistant ...
BCHS' Richard Garland receives Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award

Congratulations to assistant professor Richard Garland who has been selected to receive the Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award for his exceptional work to reduce gun violence. Dr. Garland was one of 15 faculty members across Pitt recognized by Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and will be h... (03/08/2022)

Doctors are taking to social media to encourage COVID-19 vaccination and counter misinformation

WTAE - Beth Hoffman (BCHS ’22...
Doctors are taking to social media to encourage COVID-19 vaccination and counter misinformation

WTAE - Beth Hoffman (BCHS ’22) and friends at Kids Plus Pediatrics tell WTAE how doctors are taking to social media to encourage COVID-19 vaccination and counter misinformation. "The evidence does suggest that what people are seeing on social media is influencing their decision about whether to get... (02/17/2022)