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 10/1/2017A School-Based Dental Program Evaluation: Comparison to the Massachusetts Statewide Survey.The Journal of school healthread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/5/2017Negotiating sexual safety in the era of biomedical HIV prevention: relationship dynamics among male couples using pre-exposure prophylaxis.Culture, health & sexualityread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/1/2017Improving Adherence to Long-term Opioid Therapy Guidelines to Reduce Opioid Misuse in Primary Care: A Cluster-Randomized Clinical Trial.JAMA internal medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/1/2017Adapting the Patient-Centered Medical Home to Address Psychosocial Adversity: Results of a Qualitative Study.Academic pediatricsread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/30/2017Alcohol Types and HIV Disease Progression Among HIV-Infected Drinkers Not Yet on Antiretroviral Therapy in Russia and Uganda.AIDS and behaviorread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/17/2017Financial Burden in Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Report From the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study.Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/10/2017Malformations Surveillance: Comparison between Findings at Birth and Age 1 Year.Birth defects researchread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/8/2017Music Therapy for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder.JAMAread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/5/2017Perspectives on biomedical HIV prevention options among women who inject drugs in Kenya.AIDS careread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/1/2017Use of an android phone application for automated text messages in international settings: A case study in an HIV clinical trial in St. Petersburg, Russia.Clinical trials (London, England)read at PubMed