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Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Degree

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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Maseru joins panel on "Human Rights in Pittsburgh and the World"

Noble Maseru of the Center for...
Maseru joins panel on "Human Rights in Pittsburgh and the World"

Noble Maseru of the Center for Health Equity joined a panel discussion entitled "Human Rights in Pittsburgh and the World: Assessing Human Rights Impacts, Limitations, and Prospects at the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)". Maseru challenged the audience of studen... (09/19/2018)

Albert editorial on recent ALS findings

MEDPAGE TODAY - Amyotrophic l...
Albert editorial on recent ALS findings

MEDPAGE TODAY - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has been associated with cognitive and behavioral changes, especially later in the disease. However a cross-sectional, observational study published in Neurology, found that patients with ALS showed cognitive and behavioral impairment across disea... (09/13/2018)

Zimmerman among those giving guidance on which flu vaccine to get

WRCB-TV - The American Academ...
Zimmerman among those giving guidance on which flu vaccine to get

WRCB-TV - The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends vaccine shots, instead of needle-free options, for children of all ages because the shots work better. UPMC is taking that a step further, saying it will only be buying the two egg-free vaccines on the market. “The egg-free vaccines appear to ... (09/07/2018)

Papperman selected in the 2018 class of What's Next: Transit

THE INCLINE - Out of dozens o...
Papperman selected in the 2018 class of What's Next: Transit

THE INCLINE - Out of dozens of nominations, SARAH PAPPERMAN (BCHS '15) was selected among 17 individuals for the What's Next: Transit class of 2018 for impacting how Pittsburghers get around. Papperman co-facilitates the Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh transportation working group and is redefining... (09/05/2018)

Merlin interviewed on the role of palliative care in the current HIV treatment era

INFECTIOUS DISEASE ADVISOR - ...
Merlin interviewed on the role of palliative care in the current HIV treatment era

INFECTIOUS DISEASE ADVISOR - "Depending on whether they've been diagnosed and treated, people with HIV now have a higher life expectancy, but they still live with pain — especially chronic pain — and other symptoms," says BCHS's JESSICA MERLIN. These issues underscore the need for palliative care i... (08/31/2018)

 

Thu
9/20
BCHS Seminar Series
Social Networks & Health - Kar-Hai Chu, Pitt Center for Research on Media, Technology, & Health BCHS Seminar Series
Social Networks & Health - Kar-Hai Chu, Pitt Center for Research on Media, Technology, & Health
Thu 9/20 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A521 Public Health

Kar-Hai Chu of Pitt's Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health will discuss his use of innovative techniques such as social network analysis (SNA) in exploratory and surveillance studies and interventions including recent work on the marketing and use of electronic cigarettes. 

Fri
9/21
Center for Health Equity Event
Pitt Parking Day 2018 Center for Health Equity Event
Pitt Parking Day 2018
Fri 9/21 9:00AM - 3:00PM
University of Pittsburgh

The Center for Health Equity (CHE) joins in Pitt PARK(ing) Day with an unique installation addressing the concept of health equity and ideal of a smoke-free campus. Through creative energy and experimentation, participants take an otherwise dead, urban parking space and turn it into a pop-up "installation" for a day, raising awareness about the importance of a livable city and helping people to re-think how our streets can be utilized. 

Fri
9/21
Center for Health Equity Lecture
How can Pitt better serve Hispanic/Latinx college students? - Gina Ann Garcia Center for Health Equity Lecture
How can Pitt better serve Hispanic/Latinx college students? - Gina Ann Garcia
Fri 9/21 3:15PM - 3:20PM
1149 Public Health, Foster Conference Room

Center for Health Equity presents an expert researcher on Latinos in higher education: 
Gina Ann Garcia 
Assistant professor of administrative and policy studies, University of Pittsburgh School of Education 
Fri
9/28
Center for Health Equity Workshop
Center for Health Equity Focused Writing Center for Health Equity Workshop
Center for Health Equity Focused Writing
Fri 9/28 9:00AM - 12:00PM
1154 Public Health, JHF Conference Room

Fri
9/28
Center for Health Equity Film
Grand Rounds CHE Film & Symposium on the Social Determinants of Health Center for Health Equity Film
CHE Film & Symposium on the Social Determinants of Health
Fri 9/28 2:00PM - 4:15PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Center for Health Equity will be screening the film "We Wear the Mask" produced by Tammy Thompson from the Pittsburgh Chapter of Circles. Following the film will be presentations from Ms. Thompson on poverty and Lee Davis from the Violence Prevention Project discussing violence as a social determinant of health.

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