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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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Albert lectures as new Philip Hallen Endowed Chair in Community Health and Social Justice

To mark his installation as th...
Albert lectures as new Philip Hallen Endowed Chair in Community Health and Social Justice

To mark his installation as the Philip Hallen Endowed Chair in Community Health and Social Justice, BCHS’s STEVEN ALBERT will revisit Rousseau’s 1754 Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality Among Men , or “Second Discourse.” We have moved beyond early philosophical speculation to an e... (10/10/2017)

Hosman presents PSI expereince at Pa. Governor's summit

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, E...
Hosman presents PSI expereince at Pa. Governor's summit

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, EMMA HOSMAN, MPH candidate in BCHS, presented her work from the Pittsburgh Summer Institute with the Allegheny County Health Department at the PA Governor’s Emergency Preparedness Summit. The conference was in Hershey, Pa., and was attended by preparedness professionals ... (10/03/2017)

Browne speaks on stroke prevention measures for African Americans

PITTSBURGH COURIER - Nearly ha...
Browne speaks on stroke prevention measures for African Americans

PITTSBURGH COURIER - Nearly half of all African American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, and African Americans have nearly twice the risk for a first-ever stroke than Caucasians, resulting in a much higher death rate from stroke. Alumnus MARIO BROWNE (BCHS ’05), Pitt’s director of h... (09/14/2017)

Terry models community service outside the classroom

BCHS rock star MARTHA TERRY is...
Terry models community service outside the classroom

BCHS rock star MARTHA TERRY is also amazing outside the classroom. Last weekend she was busy with community work in Pittsburgh’s Friendship neighborhood. (09/13/2017)

Hosman presents PSI expereince at second annual Pitt MED Ed Day

BCHS student EMMA HOSMAN prese...
Hosman presents PSI expereince at second annual Pitt MED Ed Day

BCHS student EMMA HOSMAN presented on September 8, 2017, at the second annual Pitt MED Ed Day. Her poster, titled Implementing Responder Safety Trainings at a Local Health Department: A Public Health Preparedness Initiative, was based on work at the Allegheny County Health Department during her part... (09/08/2017)

 

Tue
10/24
BCHS Seminar Series
Opioid and Heroin Epidemics in Transition BCHS Seminar Series
Opioid and Heroin Epidemics in Transition
Tue 10/24 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Public Health A521

Wed
11/1
Center for Health Equity Social
Under Represented Minorities in the Health Sciences Mixer Center for Health Equity Social
Under Represented Minorities in the Health Sciences Mixer
Wed 11/1 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center

Fri
11/3
Center for Health Equity Workshop
Focused Writing- Sponsored by Center for Health Equity Center for Health Equity Workshop
Focused Writing- Sponsored by Center for Health Equity
Fri 11/3 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Public Health 4128

Tue
11/14
BCHS Film
Grand Rounds Cycle Series: Homelessness & Menstruation Short Film Screening & Panel Discussion BCHS Film
Cycle Series: Homelessness & Menstruation Short Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Tue 11/14 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Fri
12/15
Center for Health Equity Workshop
Focused Writing- Sponsored by Center for Health Equity Center for Health Equity Workshop
Focused Writing- Sponsored by Center for Health Equity
Fri 12/15 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Public Health 4128

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