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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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Garland calls for action after several local children killed by gun violence

WTAE - “We as adults are alway...
Garland calls for action after several local children killed by gun violence

WTAE - “We as adults are always trying to make programs or projects that we think that the kids need,” said BCHS’s RICHARD GARLAND. “But my strategy has always been going to the source, so I’d like to talk to the kids and see what they really need and what’s really on their mind.” (11/28/2017)

Garland grant mobilizes trauma-response team for Thanksgiving Day rollout

POST-GAZETTE - The second, $16...
Garland grant mobilizes trauma-response team for Thanksgiving Day rollout

POST-GAZETTE - The second, $160,000 grant was awarded to the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. RICHARD GARLAND, an assistant professor, is leading that effort and has hired two street outreach workers who are focusing on violence prevention through me... (11/15/2017)

Baumann documentary focuses on hygiene and menstruation for homeless women

POST-GAZETTE - BCHS student SA...
Baumann documentary focuses on hygiene and menstruation for homeless women

POST-GAZETTE - BCHS student SARAH BAUMANN’s first installment of her documentary series, “Cycle Series,” focuses on how homeless women deal with menstruation needs while on the streets. Costs, logistical issues and mental health issues are often unaddressed. “This is something that happens every mon... (11/13/2017)

Alumna Shirlene Tolbert-Moten appointed medical director in NJ

CAPE MAY COUNTY HERALD — SHIR...
Alumna Shirlene Tolbert-Moten appointed medical director in NJ

CAPE MAY COUNTY HERALD — SHIRLENE TOLBERT MOTEN, MD, MPH ('93), has been appointed  medical  director for outpatient physician practice at Cape Regional Physicians Associates, a medical group of primary care physicians and specialists serving 13 locations in southern New Jersey. Dr. Moten earne... (11/07/2017)

MairFacing overdoses, neighborhoods not giving up

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - “The...
MairFacing overdoses, neighborhoods not giving up

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - “The fact that they are recognizing the challenge before them, coming together and collaborating to solve this problem, is hopeful,” said KAREN HACKER, HPM faculty and Allegheny County Health Department director. “It’s a very clear signal that’s emerging” from data on drug ... (11/06/2017)

 

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12/13
BCHS Event
Poster Showcase BCHS Event
Poster Showcase
Wed 12/13 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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12/15
Center for Health Equity Workshop
Focused Writing- Sponsored by Center for Health Equity Center for Health Equity Workshop
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Fri 12/15 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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1/17
Center for Health Equity Meeting
CHE Seeks Research Presenter: January 17 CRAB Meeting Center for Health Equity Meeting
CHE Seeks Research Presenter: January 17 CRAB Meeting
Wed 1/17 11:30AM - 12:50PM
Public Health A521

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