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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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Alumna, Kathryn Puskar, inducted into international research hall of fame

THE ALMANAC - Associate dean ...
Alumna, Kathryn Puskar, inducted into international research hall of fame

THE ALMANAC - Associate dean for undergraduate nursing education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, KATHRYN PUSKAR (BCHS '78, HPM '81) has been inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, one of 20 inductees for this year. “It’s really humbling. I ... (11/16/2018)

Encourage teens to discuss relationships, says Miller

REUTERS - Health care provide...
Encourage teens to discuss relationships, says Miller

REUTERS - Health care providers and parents should begin talking to adolescents in middle school about healthy romantic and sexual relationships and mutual respect for others, a doctors’ group urges. “Without intentionally talking to them about respectful, equitable relationships, we’re leaving the... (11/08/2018)

Ricci receives the 2018 Pruitt/Kelly Award of Excellence

Southwestern Pennsylvania Par...
Ricci receives the 2018 Pruitt/Kelly Award of Excellence

Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging (SWPPA) honored BCHS's EDMUND RICCI with the 2018 Pruitt/Kelly Award of Excellence for his contribution to the field of aging. Congratulations Dr. Ricci! (10/24/2018)

Pitt study finds 1 in 4 JUULvapor tweeps is underage

MEDICAL XPRESS - E-cigarette ...
Pitt study finds 1 in 4 JUULvapor tweeps is underage

MEDICAL XPRESS - E-cigarette brand JUUL's Twitter handle is attracting adolescents to the point that at least a quarter of its followers appear to be under age 18. Many of these minors—to whom it is illegal to sell nicotine-delivery products—are retweeting JUUL's messages, amplifying its advertisem... (10/22/2018)

Maseru takes on initiative to make Pitt a tobacco-free campus

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Maseru takes on initiative to make Pitt a tobacco-free campus

UNIVERSITY TIMES -  University leaders are reviving an effort to turn Pitt into a tobacco-free campus. Dean Burke handed the new initiative over to NOBLE MASERU, director of the Center for Health Equity. Maseru said he has been reaching out to various stakeholders to begin fleshing out the initiati... (10/19/2018)

 

Wed
11/28
BCHS Dissertation Defense
Doctoral Defense for Jose Wilches-Gutierrez BCHS Dissertation Defense
Doctoral Defense for Jose Wilches-Gutierrez
Wed 11/28 9:00AM - 11:00AM
3121C Public Health

Thu
12/6
BCHS Dissertation Defense
Doctoral Defense for Francisca Flores BCHS Dissertation Defense
Doctoral Defense for Francisca Flores
Thu 12/6 10:00AM - 12:00PM
6140 Public Health, Henkel Seminar Room

Fri
12/7
Center for Health Equity Workshop
Center for Health Equity Focused Writing Center for Health Equity Workshop
Center for Health Equity Focused Writing
Fri 12/7 9:00AM - 12:00PM
1154 Public Health, JHF Conference Room

Fri
12/7
Center for Health Equity Journal Club
Center for Health Equity Journal Club Center for Health Equity Journal Club
Center for Health Equity Journal Club
Fri 12/7 1:00PM - 2:00PM
A521 Public Health

Fri
1/11
Center for Health Equity Journal Club
Center for Health Equity Journal Club Center for Health Equity Journal Club
Center for Health Equity Journal Club
Fri 1/11 1:00PM - 2:00PM
A521 Public Health

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