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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Gender Equity Commission report calls for swift action on inequities in Pittsburgh

PUBLIC SOURCE - New Gender Eq...
Gender Equity Commission report calls for swift action on inequities in Pittsburgh

PUBLIC SOURCE - New Gender Equity Commission report lists 11 recommended actions to address gender and racial disparities in Pittsburgh.Gender and race are at the center of its recommendations but the report also mentions how people who are differently abled, elderly or trans, for example, can feel... (07/10/2020)

Brown talks about health equity implications of SCOTUS decision on employment protections for SGM

"The June 15, 2020, decision ...
Brown talks about health equity implications of SCOTUS decision on employment protections for SGM

"The June 15, 2020, decision by the Supreme Court of the United States affirming Federal Civil Rights protections in employment for sexual and gender minorities (SGM) across the country has significant health equity implications...we celebrate this decision as a positive step toward creating more e... (07/09/2020)

Politics, fear keep some people from disclosing contacts. Maseru talks solutions.

SPOTLIGHT PA – Contact tracin...
Politics, fear keep some people from disclosing contacts. Maseru talks solutions.

SPOTLIGHT PA – Contact tracing is crucial to keeping people safe but success relies on cooperation. “The key is building community trust,” said BCHS’s Noble Maseru. “If the people doing this work are known and respected in the community, residents will be more likely to trust that their information... (07/02/2020)

Maseru among experts who say there are lessons to be learned from the coronavirus pandemic

CBS PITTSBURGH - "We've got t...
Maseru among experts who say there are lessons to be learned from the coronavirus pandemic

CBS PITTSBURGH - "We've got to figure out what we can do for [high-poverty communities], education and information wise, so we can at least improve the probability that they can social distance or physical distance within the environment that's challenging for them," said Center for Health Equity D... (07/02/2020)

“Children can die.” Elizabeth Miller urges parents to get kids vaccinated after 50 percent drop in visits (video)

KDKA-TV - BCHS’ Elizabeth Mil...
“Children can die.” Elizabeth Miller urges parents to get kids vaccinated after 50 percent drop in visits (video)

KDKA-TV - BCHS’ Elizabeth Miller, director of population health at UPMC Children’s Hospital, says many kids are behind on their vaccines for preventable and deadly diseases. “We have the potential of a massive public health crisis on top of what is already unprecedented in terms of this global pand... (06/29/2020)

 

Fri
7/17
Center for Health Equity Meeting
CHE Focused Writing Zoom Session Center for Health Equity Meeting
CHE Focused Writing Zoom Session
Fri 7/17 9:00AM - 12:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

Thu
7/23
Center for Health Equity Webinar/Online Event
Webinar: Racism as a Determinant of Health Center for Health Equity Webinar/Online Event
Webinar: Racism as a Determinant of Health
Thu 7/23 12:00PM - 1:30PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

Fri
7/24
Center for Health Equity Meeting
CHE Focused Writing Zoom Session Center for Health Equity Meeting
CHE Focused Writing Zoom Session
Fri 7/24 9:00AM - 12:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

Tue
7/28
Center for Health Equity Webinar/Online Event
Exploring The Connection Between Health and Social Disparities Center for Health Equity Webinar/Online Event
Exploring The Connection Between Health and Social Disparities
Tue 7/28 8:00PM - 9:30PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

Fri
7/31
Center for Health Equity Meeting
CHE Focused Writing Zoom Session Center for Health Equity Meeting
CHE Focused Writing Zoom Session
Fri 7/31 9:00AM - 12:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **