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 9/5/2016Pilot and Feasibility Test of a Mobile Health-Supported Behavioral Counseling Intervention for Weight Management Among Breast Cancer SurvivorsJMIR Cancerread at Custom
  • Published On 9/1/2016Massachusetts Health Reform''s Effect on Hospitals'' Racial Mix of Patients and on Patients'' Use of Safety-net Hospitals.Medical careread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/23/2016Moderate drinkers may not have reduced risk of all-cause mortality: a lifecourse perspective.Evidence-based medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/11/2016Using Photovoice and Asset Mapping to Inform a Community-Based Diabetes Intervention, Boston, Massachusetts, 2015.Preventing chronic diseaseread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/11/2016A framework for evaluating the costs of malaria elimination interventions: an application to reactive case detection in Southern Province of Zambia, 2014.Malaria journalread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/1/2016The Impact of Acculturation Style and Acculturative Hassles on the Mental Health of Somali Adolescent Refugees.Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Healthread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/1/2016Changes in Condom Use Over Time Among Female Sex Workers and Their Male Noncommercial Partners and Clients.AIDS education and prevention : official publication of the International Society for AIDS Educationread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/1/2016Association Between Maternal Prepregnancy Body Mass Index and Plasma Folate Concentrations With Child Metabolic Health.JAMA pediatricsread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/18/2016Sexual violence from police and HIV risk behaviours among HIV-positive women who inject drugs in St. Petersburg, Russia - a mixed methods study.Journal of the International AIDS Societyread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/15/2016Weight Gain in Infancy and Overweight or Obesity in Childhood across the Gestational Spectrum: a Prospective Birth Cohort Study.Scientific reportsread at PubMed