Community Health Sciences

Health in context.

Complex issues require comprehensive solutions.

Only in the context of social and cultural factors can complex health issues be truly understood. From unhealthy behaviors to gender-based health differences, where and how we live profoundly impact public health concerns. At the Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS), we apply both social and behavioral sciences to enhance the health and well-being of communities and promote health equity.

Our faculty members represent a diversity of scholarly expertise. Among their many interests are improving the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities; applying scientific theories and evidence from the field to develop interventions and policies tailored to diverse communities; teaching courses that emphasize assessment, intervention, communication, advocacy, and community-based research and practice; broadening student understanding of the factors that shape community health and how to improve it; exploring how disparities impact health in sexual and other minorities; and promoting social change.

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Community Health Sciences News

Community Health Sciences Calendar


  • Published On 3/1/2017Cole M, and Avery M. Freestanding Birth Centers: Innovation, Evidence, A Profile of Birth Center Use in the US and the Potential Demand for Birth Center Use in the Future.Cole M, and Avery M. Freestanding Birth Centers: Innovation, Evidence, Optimal Outcomes.
  • Published On 2/1/2017UpToDateOut-of-Hospital Birth
  • Published On 2/1/2017Selection bias and relationships between alcohol consumption and mortality.Addiction (Abingdon, England)read at PubMed
  • Published On 1/25/2017Re-victimization after adolescent dating violence in a matched, national sample of youthJournal of Adolescent Health
  • Published On 1/4/2017Should U.S. physicians support the decriminalization of commercial sex?AMA Journal of Ethicsread at Custom
  • Published On 1/1/2017Effects of a School-based Intervention on Middle School Children's Daily Food and Beverage IntakeHealth Behavior and Policy Reviewread at Custom
  • Published On 1/1/2017In Reply.Obstetrics and gynecologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 12/31/2016Addiction MedicineAlcohol: Screening and brief intervention for unhealthy alcohol consumption
  • Published On 12/31/2016Screening for unhealthy use of alcohol and other drugs. In UpToDateread at Custom
  • Published On 12/31/2016Substance Use and Specific Health Care Settings: Substance use disorders in primary health care. In Saunders JB, Conigrave KM, Latt NC, Nutt DJ, Marshall EJ, Ling W, Higuchi S (Eds). Addiction Medicine, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.