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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OjO Latino: A Photovoice Project in Recognition of the Latino Presence in Pittsburgh, PA

CONTEMPORANEITY - Pitt studen...
OjO Latino: A Photovoice Project in Recognition of the Latino Presence in Pittsburgh, PA

CONTEMPORANEITY - Pitt students Héctor Camilo Ruiz Sánchez (BCHS/Anthropology '20), Paulina Pardo Gaviria (history of art & architecture) Rosa De Ferrari (BCHS/GSPIA '18), and faculty advisors Kirk Savage & Patricia Documet (BCHS) published on their recent Photovoice work connecting Latinos from ... (04/12/2019)

Albert contributes to the Pennsylvania’s Healthy Steps in Motion falls prevention program receiving evidence-based approval

PA DEPARTMENT OF AGING - Rese...
Albert contributes to the Pennsylvania’s Healthy Steps in Motion falls prevention program receiving evidence-based approval

PA DEPARTMENT OF AGING - Research conducted by BCHS’s Steven Albert for the commonwealth's Healthy Steps in Motion (HSIM) falls-prevention program has led to evidence-based approval from the National Council on Aging’s National Falls Prevention Resource Center, placing it on the pre-approved list f... (04/10/2019)

Albert comments on findings about aid-in-dying drugs

REUTERS - "This is an importa...
Albert comments on findings about aid-in-dying drugs

REUTERS - "This is an important paper, if a state has legislation that allows terminally ill adults to request medication to hasten death, there needs to be a policy from each hospital on how they will respons. This is one of the first studies to address that," said BCHS Chair Steven Albert.  (04/09/2019)

Pitt Public Health wins at the Health Disparities Poster Competition

Congratulations to Jessica Th...
Pitt Public Health wins at the Health Disparities Poster Competition

Congratulations to Jessica Thompson (BCHS '21) and Stephanie Lynn Corey (EPI '19) for winning awards at this year's Health Disparities Poster Competition!  (04/03/2019)

Analyzing a Facebook-fueled anti-vaccination attack: 'It's not all about autism'

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Researc...
Analyzing a Facebook-fueled anti-vaccination attack: 'It's not all about autism'

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Research led by Beth Hoffman (BCHS '19, '23) finds that anti-vaccination arguments on social media aren't all about autism, but instead center on four distinct themes that can appeal to diverse audiences, offering a framework that pediatricians can use to open a conversation w... (04/01/2019)

 

Mon
4/22
BCHS Event
BCHS 2509 Poster Showcase BCHS Event
BCHS 2509 Poster Showcase
Mon 4/22 6:00PM - 8:50PM
Public Health Commons (1st floor)

Fri
4/26
Center for Health Equity Workshop
Center for Health Equity Focused Writing Center for Health Equity Workshop
Center for Health Equity Focused Writing
Fri 4/26 9:00AM - 12:00PM
1154 Public Health, JHF Conference Room