We Create Healthier Communities

In the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, it's our mission to improve and promote health and equity by engaging individuals, communities, and systems through our research, teaching, and practice. 

We prepare students 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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Wondering what BCHS students do after graduation? Check out the latest outcomes survey to find out the top employment sectors, job titles, employers, and more for recent BCHS graduates.

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Faculty speak out on “Inequality Across Gender and Race” report

Faculty members Dara Mendez ...
Faculty speak out on “Inequality Across Gender and Race” report

Faculty members Dara Mendez (EPI) and Tiffany Gary-Webb (EPI/BCHS) shared some thoughtful criticisms of the “Inequality Across Gender and Race ” report recently issued by the city.  These two Pitt Public Health faculty members were co-signers of a letter responding to the report and challengin... (10/09/2019)

Felter comments on how Facebook and Pinterest are fighting back against anti-vaccine content

HEALTHLINE - Pinterest, Faceb...
Felter comments on how Facebook and Pinterest are fighting back against anti-vaccine content

HEALTHLINE - Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram have put in safeguards to help combat health misinformation online, which is important because such misinformation can affect public health. For example, misinformation about vaccines has helped lead to the ongoing spike of measles cases. "Those oppos... (09/23/2019)

Coulter will serve as co-investigator on NIH supplement grant

BCHS's Robert Coulter (BCHS '...
Coulter will serve as co-investigator on NIH supplement grant

BCHS's Robert Coulter (BCHS '17) will serve as co-investigator on a newly-funded NIH supplement grant to expand a text messaging intervention to reduce alcohol use and sexual violence among sexual and gender minority college students. (09/23/2019)

Culyba's research links mentoring teens to fewer risky behaviors

WESA - New research from BCHS...
Culyba's research links mentoring teens to fewer risky behaviors

WESA - New research from BCHS's Alison Culyba shows that adult support both reduces violence and increases positive behaviors among teen boys in low-income urban neighborhoods. “What we were really interested in with this particular study was looking at patterns of violence with a lot more detail t... (09/23/2019)

Read the latest from BCHS in inaugural issue of newsletter (PDF)

In case you missed it - head ...
Read the latest from BCHS in inaugural issue of newsletter (PDF)

In case you missed it - head into the new academic year by catching up with the highlights from BCHS faculty, students, and staff with the 2019 newsletter.  (08/25/2019)

 

Thu
10/24
BCHS Panel Discussion
“If you are thinking pink or blue, it’s going to be hard”: A short film premiere and panel discussi BCHS Panel Discussion
“If you are thinking pink or blue, it’s going to be hard”: A short film premiere and panel discussi
Thu 10/24 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

A short film premiere and panel discussion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health complexities. Cycle Series is a collection of short films created to explore a myriad of menstrual experiences from a public health perspective, and ones that are frequently overlooked. Often when we think about menstruation, a certain type of person comes to mind; but as these films reveal, experiences of menstruation and reproductive health are nuanced. This premiere of the second film in the series explores a transmasculine experience of menstruation from the perspective of Pittsburgh musician, Jude Benedict. Jude discusses the intersection of gender identity and reproductive and menstrual health. The goal of this event is to discuss LGBT health and well-being. Panel members include healthcare providers, public health researchers, diversity and inclusion representatives, and members of the LGBT community.

Fri
11/8
Center for Health Equity Meeting
Emerging LatinX Communities Reading and Publishing Group Center for Health Equity Meeting
Emerging LatinX Communities Reading and Publishing Group
Fri 11/8 10:30AM - 11:30AM
1154 Public Health, JHF Conference Room

With support from the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for Health Equity (CHE) invites you to 1) explore the problems Latinos in small yet rapidly growing populations face, and 2) how to solve these problems.  Articles are read and feedback provided to those writing manuscripts; the goal is to get new writing and research collaborations going!

Fri
11/15
BCHS Dissertation Defense
Cynthia Salter - Exploration of Experiences of Birth Trauma of Maternity Healthcare Professionals BCHS Dissertation Defense
Cynthia Salter - Exploration of Experiences of Birth Trauma of Maternity Healthcare Professionals
Fri 11/15 10:00AM - 12:00PM
1155 Public Health, Foster Conf. Rm. (former 1149)