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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.

Areas of expertise

BCHS students have the option of developing expertise in the following areas:
  • Community-based participatory research and practice
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered (LGBT) health and wellness
  • Global health
  • Maternal and child health/women’s health
  • Health equity
  • Public health and aging

Find a research program for your interests

The department is well-known both for its Institute for Evaluation of Science in Public Health and for the faculty and staff’s utilization of community-based participatory research strategies. Research topics include:
  • Cancer screening
  • Diabetes
  • Maternal and child health
  • Healthy aging
  • Health equity
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health
  • HIV/AIDS

Pursue a career in behavioral and community health science

BCHS graduates pursue positions in a variety of public health and non-profit organizations, including federal, state, and local governmental organizations. Graduates provide program planning, implementation and evaluation, , management, and oversight for community health programs designed to improve the health status of populations. Career examples include:
  • Regional director for Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Director of a statewide HIV/AIDS education program
  • Health Coach at UPMC Health Care System
  • Program director with an international relief agency
  • Evaluation and research director for a regional reproductive health program
  • Research and evaluation specialist for the City of Pittsburgh School District
  • Health and Wellness Coordinator at Gwen's Girls, Inc.

Degrees

BCHS offers a master’s degree program which prepares students for careers in public, voluntary, and private organizations that focus on public health concerns and two doctoral degree programs. The doctoral programs prepare students for careers in research, leadership, and teaching in academic and practice settings.
BCHS also offers joint degrees with other graduate schools within the University of Pittsburgh.

With the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Department of Anthropology:
With the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs:
With the School of Social Work

Mon
3/27
Center for Health Equity Meeting
Focused Writing Sponspored by ILRI through Center for Health Equity Center for Health Equity Meeting
Focused Writing Sponspored by ILRI through Center for Health Equity
Mon 3/27 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Public Health 4140

Fri
3/31
BCHS Seminar Series
Physical-mental Health Comorbidity and the Role of Social Context BCHS Seminar Series
Physical-mental Health Comorbidity and the Role of Social Context
Fri 3/31 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Public Health A216

Mon
4/3
BCHS Dissertation Defense
Robert Coulter - “Detecting, Understanding, & Reducing Substance Use, Mental Health, & Violence..." BCHS Dissertation Defense
Robert Coulter - “Detecting, Understanding, & Reducing Substance Use, Mental Health, & Violence..."
Mon 4/3 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Keystone Building

Robert Coulter will be defending his dissertation entitled, “Detecting, Understanding, and Reducing Substance Use, Mental Health, and Violence Disparities for Sexual- and Gender-Minority Youth and Emerging Adults."

Location: Stoner Conference Room, Second floor of the Keystone Building, 3520 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Thu
4/6
Center for Health Equity Event
Take A Health Professional To The People Day Center for Health Equity Event
Take A Health Professional To The People Day
Thu 4/6 10:00AM - 2:00PM


Thu
4/6
BCHS Dissertation Defense
Joan Eichner - "Care Coordination for Children with Medical Complexity: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation" BCHS Dissertation Defense
Joan Eichner - "Care Coordination for Children with Medical Complexity: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation"
Thu 4/6 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Public Health 6140

Joan Eichner will be defending her dissertation, "Care Coordination for Children with Medical Complexity: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation."

BCHS faculty awarded 2-year contract to evaluate diabetes prevention pilot

TIFFANY GARY-WEBB and ELIZABET...
BCHS faculty awarded 2-year contract to evaluate diabetes prevention pilot

TIFFANY GARY-WEBB and ELIZABETH FELTER of Pitt Public Health's Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences have been awarded a two-year contract to evaluate a Diabetes Prevention Pilot Project for Feeding America. They will be helping to determine the feasibility of offering DPP to people... (03/21/2017)

BCHS doctoral student O'Malley publishes on homicide review process

HEALTH PROMOTION PRACTICE – Do...
BCHS doctoral student O'Malley publishes on homicide review process

HEALTH PROMOTION PRACTICE – Doctoral student TEAGEN O’MALLEY (BCHS '18) and faculty co-authors examine the Pittsburgh Homicide Review Group to evaluate how academic–community partnerships can enhance public health research, encourage translation of research into practice, and support a data-driv... (03/21/2017)

Congratulations to BCHS students taking new positions

Congratulations to MPH student...
Congratulations to BCHS students taking new positions

Congratulations to MPH students  SHANNON HUGHES (BCHS '17)   and KALI STALL (BCHS '17) on their new positions at the Consumer Health Coalition, a leading consumer health advocacy organization in Southwestern Pennsylvania--where they'll join fellow MPH alumna KATIE HOLLER (BCHS '16).  (03/21/2017)

Congratulations to four BCHS students on travel & dissertation awards

Four BCHS students have recent...
Congratulations to four BCHS students on travel & dissertation awards

Four BCHS students have recently been awarded travel scholarships: SARA BAUMANN, the Dr. and Mrs. Ryonosuke Shiono (Nationality Rooms) Scholarship; LYCIA NEUMANN, a Global Health Travel Award and theTinker summer pre-dissertation grant from Center for Latin American Studies; CYNDY SALTER, the Ruth C... (03/21/2017)

Research by BCHS's Coulter finds sexual assault victimization disproportionately affects certain minority college students

YOUTH HEALTH - "If sexual assa...
Research by BCHS's Coulter finds sexual assault victimization disproportionately affects certain minority college students

YOUTH HEALTH - "If sexual assault prevention efforts solely focus on heterosexual violence, they may invalidate sexual- and gender-minority people's assault experiences and be ineffective for them," said BCHS doctoral candidate ROBERT COULTER. "To overcome this, existing programs could be augmented ... (03/21/2017)
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