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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Alumni Update: Before Walking Down the Aisle, Marching with Many Puppets

NEW YORK TIMES - After meetin...
Alumni Update: Before Walking Down the Aisle, Marching with Many Puppets

NEW YORK TIMES - After meeting through a Craigslist personal ad that neither can remember placing, Jonathan Gann and Michael Shankle (BCHS '96) had their first date at the Million Puppet March in Washington. Shankle is chief operating officer at the Washington Health Institute and serves as the cha... (06/06/2022)

Meet the anti violence expert advocates want on jail oversight board

Pittsburgh City Paper - BCHS'...
Meet the anti violence expert advocates want on jail oversight board

Pittsburgh City Paper - BCHS' Richard Garland has been recommended by the Pennsylvania Prison Society, Let's Get Free: the Women and Trans Prisoner Defense Committee, and Book 'Em, to serve on the Allegheny County Jail Oversight Board (JOB). Garland has gained respect and notoriety for his steadfas... (06/01/2022)

Dean’s Day 2022 First Place, Doctoral Category: Chinwoke Isiguzo

BCHS student Chinwoke Isiguzo...
Dean’s Day 2022 First Place, Doctoral Category: Chinwoke Isiguzo

BCHS student Chinwoke Isiguzo, won first place among doctoral students for the project, “Effects of discrimination and microaggressions on exclusive breastfeeding: the role of stress”. (05/09/2022)

Dean’s Day 2022 Second Place, Master’s Category: Monica Henderson

BCHS student Monica Henderson...
Dean’s Day 2022 Second Place, Master’s Category: Monica Henderson

BCHS student Monica Henderson won second place among master’s students for the project, “Black Hair Politics: A Public Health Concern”. (05/09/2022)

Saldana named Vice President at Abt Associates

Congratulations to Kelly Sald...
Saldana named Vice President at Abt Associates

Congratulations to Kelly Saldana (BCHS '01) who joins Abt Associates as vice president, systems strengthening and resilience. Saldana was previously employed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), where she has held increasingly senior roles in the agency's health sector for the pa... (04/05/2022)