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Behavorial and Community HEALTH Sciences Degree

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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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BCHS alum Chelsea Pallatino wins faculty development award supporting work on intimate partner violence & substance use

PITTWIRE - Doctoral alumna CH...
BCHS alum Chelsea Pallatino wins faculty development award supporting work on intimate partner violence & substance use

PITTWIRE - Doctoral alumna CHELSEA PALLATINO (BCHS ’17) has been awarded the Steven D. Manners Faculty Development Award by the University Center for Social and Urban Research to support her pilot research project entitled “Co-occurring Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use: Understanding B... (07/19/2018)

BCHS's Mair says alcohol's health benefits are hard to prove, but harms are easy to document

LOS ANGELES TIMES / THE CONVE...
BCHS's Mair says alcohol's health benefits are hard to prove, but harms are easy to document

LOS ANGELES TIMES / THE CONVERSATION - Alcohol is the most widely used drug in the world. While the rising opioid epidemic has been receiving a lot of attention in the past five years, it is important to remember that alcohol is involved in a greater number of deaths and physical and social problem... (07/10/2018)

Robertson and other cancer experts say county needs to ramp up HPV vaccine rates

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Twe...
Robertson and other cancer experts say county needs to ramp up HPV vaccine rates

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Twelve years after the first vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV) was licensed for use, many young people still have not had the vaccine that is proven to prevent certain types of cancer. HPV vaccination rates for girls and boys in the Pittsburgh area are still far below... (06/26/2018)

Pitt task force outlines framework for confronting nationwide opioid crisis

PITTWIRE - Pitt is taking a l...
Pitt task force outlines framework for confronting nationwide opioid crisis

PITTWIRE - Pitt is taking a leading role in tackling the public health crisis by strengthening its prevention, treatment and recovery programs to bring meaningful change to the lives of students. "While opioid abuse is lower on university campuses, we can't be complacent," said Chancellor Patrick G... (06/25/2018)

Pitt's opioid task force releases recommendations

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - The...
Pitt's opioid task force releases recommendations

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - The task force, which includes officials and students, including BRADY BUSHOVER (EPI '18) and MICHAEL MALLON (BCHS '13), has recommended that the school mobilize its research and treatment resources to fight addiction through initiatives ranging from partnerships with loca... (06/21/2018)

 

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8/26
Center for Health Equity Social
4th Annual Human Rights Picnic at Mellon Park Center for Health Equity Social
4th Annual Human Rights Picnic at Mellon Park
Sun 8/26 3:00AM - 6:00AM
Pittsburgh, PA

This year's Annual Human Rights Picnic will take place on Sunday August 26, from 3-6PM in the Mellon Park picnic shelter across from Bakery Square.  The event isco-sponsored with Hill District Consensus Group, PGH for CEDAW, Pittsburghers for Public Transit, Landless People’s Alliance and others.
Sun
8/26
Center for Health Equity Social
4th Annual Human Rights Picnic at Mellon Park Center for Health Equity Social
4th Annual Human Rights Picnic at Mellon Park
Sun 8/26 3:00AM - 6:00AM
Pittsburgh, PA

This year's Annual Human Rights Picnic will take place on Sunday August 26, from 3-6PM in the Mellon Park picnic shelter across from Bakery Square.  The event is co-sponsored with Hill District Consensus Group, PGH for CEDAW, Pittsburghers for Public Transit, Landless People’s Alliance and others.

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