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Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Behavorial and Community HEALTH Sciences Degree

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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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Celebrate 70: Research and practice showcase

An update on Pitt Public Heal...
Celebrate 70: Research and practice showcase

An update on Pitt Public Health work making headlines around the world.  (04/19/2018)

Celebrate 70: Global health impact (video)

Faculty and alumni spoke on a...
Celebrate 70: Global health impact (video)

Faculty and alumni spoke on a panel to highlight the public health impact on global communities, including immigration crises, planetary health, climate change, and the importance of health systems. KELLY SALDANA (BCHS ’01) talked about creating resiliency and figuring out what that means both at t... (04/18/2018)

Celebrate 70: The opioid crisis (video)

Experts from across public he...
Celebrate 70: The opioid crisis (video)

Experts from across public health disciplines discuss opioid epidemic research, intervention strategies, challenges, and steps for the future. “What we have to start to ask is what is it as a culture that we think is the most important part of what drives us, and that shouldn’t be bottom line, it s... (04/18/2018)

Celebrate 70: Local impact panel (Video)

“It’s not about doing the coo...
Celebrate 70: Local impact panel (Video)

“It’s not about doing the cool work. It’s about doing the work that is necessary for that community,” says RUTH MODZELEWSKI (HUGEN '96) in a discussion featuring faculty and alumni about their impact on local communities, including collaboration between the private and public sector, the value of c... (04/16/2018)

Richard Garland: A few wrong turns

THE PITT NEWS – BCHS’ RICHARD ...
Richard Garland: A few wrong turns

THE PITT NEWS – BCHS’ RICHARD GARLAND is now one of the most well-known and respected anti-violence experts in the area, said Lee Davis. But he was once just like the at-risk young people he seeks to help. He became involved in gangs while living in Philadelphia’s Frankford neighborhood, landing him... (04/04/2018)

 

Wed
3/28
Center for Health Equity Event
Legacy of Black Medical Schools and Departments in the United States exhibitLegacy of Black Medical Schools and Departments in the United States exhibit Center for Health Equity Event
Legacy of Black Medical Schools and Departments in the United States exhibit
Wed 3/28 to Mon 4/30
Falk Library of the Health Sciences

On display this April in the Falk Library's Upper Lounge, the exhibit  "Legacy of Black Medical Schools and Departments in the United States Exhibit" tells the forgotten stories of the 19 Black medical schools and departments that existed at one time in the United States. It describes the important roles Black medical schools played in the development and training of the physician workforce and why these schools are still needed today. 

Mon
4/23
BCHS Event
BCHS 2509 Poster Showcase BCHS Event
BCHS 2509 Poster Showcase
Mon 4/23 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Public Health Commons (1st floor)

Tue
4/24
BCHS Event
BCHS 2562 Poster Showcase BCHS Event
BCHS 2562 Poster Showcase
Tue 4/24 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Public Health Commons (1st floor)

Fri
4/27
Center for Health Equity Workshop
Focused Writing Session Center for Health Equity Workshop
Focused Writing Session
Fri 4/27 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Public Health 1154, JHF Conference Room

Come work on your class papers, report, manuscript, grant proposal, thesis or dissertation – or whatever you need to write! We take advantage of peer pressure to focus on writing. Open to all: students, community members, faculty and staff.  

Mon
5/21
BCHS Conference
Healthy Start/CHE's Maternal and Child Health Symposium BCHS Conference
Healthy Start/CHE's Maternal and Child Health Symposium
Mon 5/21 8:00AM - 4:30PM
University Club - Ballroom B

The Center for Health Equity (CHE) in BCHS is partnering with Healthy Start Inc., to co-host their Maternal and Child Health Symposium at the University Club. 
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