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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BCHS alum Arnold on harm-reduction during the coronavirus shutdown

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BCHS alum Arnold on harm-reduction during the coronavirus shutdown

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER/SPOTLIGHT PA - At Prevention Point Pittsburgh, staff have been trying to raise awareness of COVID-19 for weeks. “If someone shows symptoms, they’re given gloves, a face mask, and extra harm reduction supplies so they can self-quarantine,” said executive director Aaron Arnold (... (03/31/2020)

Albert on how Pittsburgh’s paid sick leave policy might help slow the spread of coronavirus

90.5 WESA - A 2013 Pitt study...
Albert on how Pittsburgh’s paid sick leave policy might help slow the spread of coronavirus

90.5 WESA - A 2013 Pitt study simulating flu transmissions found that universal access to paid sick leave reduced workplace flu infections by 6 percent. BCHS’ Steven Albert estimated that about 12 percent of flu transmissions occur in the workplace, largely when people come to work feeling sick. He... (03/19/2020)

Totoni and Fabisiak examine lead contamination in hunted meat

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH NEWS - M...
Totoni and Fabisiak examine lead contamination in hunted meat

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH NEWS - MPH student Samantha Totoni (EOH '21), associate professor James Fabisiak, and BCHS's Martha Ann Terry look into lead contamination in hunted meat. Despite the mounting concerns over lead exposure from wild game, lead ammunition use continues as hunters and their familie... (03/11/2020)

Hulsey weighs in on concerns about bias in county’s automated decision-making tools

WESA - Local residents voiced...
Hulsey weighs in on concerns about bias in county’s automated decision-making tools

WESA - Local residents voiced trepidation at a meeting in Homewood about the use of algorithms to guide criminal justice, law enforcement, and child welfare decisions. But left to their own devices, judges could be more arbitrary, countered University of Pittsburgh Public Health Professor Eric Huls... (03/11/2020)

MMPH alumna recognized for innovation in community nursing

PITT NURSE MAGAZINE - Claudia...
MMPH alumna recognized for innovation in community nursing

PITT NURSE MAGAZINE - Claudia Kregg-Byers RN, MPH (MMPH ’14), PhD teaches her senior students in Pitt Nursing’s Department of Health and Community Systems that health doesn’t begin and end at the bedside but encompasses where someone comes from—a whole confluence of communal and individual factors:... (03/11/2020)

 

Fri
4/3
Center for Health Equity Notice
Online CHE Focused Writing Session Center for Health Equity Notice
Online CHE Focused Writing Session
Fri 4/3 9:00AM - 12:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

Tue
4/7
Center for Health Equity Event
Canceled Oakland Free Food Spot Center for Health Equity Event
Canceled Oakland Free Food Spot
Tue 4/7 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Pittsburgh, PA

Fri
4/10
Center for Health Equity Event
CANCELED Take a Health Professional to the People Day (TADay) CANCELED Take a Health Professional to the People Day (TADay) Center for Health Equity Event
CANCELED Take a Health Professional to the People Day (TADay)
Fri 4/10 11:00AM - 3:00PM
Pittsburgh, PA

This event has been postponed until further notice...Take a Health Professional to the People Day (TADay) is the University of Pittsburgh Center for Health Equity's health promotion and disease prevention initiative in partnership with African American-owned and -operated barbershops in several Pittsburgh communities. Health professionals (including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, nutritionists, health science students), public health educators, and health organizations volunteer their time to provide screening services and health education in the barbershops.TADay takes place in April in recognition of National Minority Health Month.