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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  • Published On 7/1/2020Brief Report: Sexual Debut Among 14- to 17-year-old Sexual Minority Males: A Preliminary Investigation of Early HIV Risk and Sexual Health Needs.Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)read at PubMed
  • Published On 6/11/2020An integrated videoconferencing intervention for chronic pain and heavy drinking among patients in HIV-care: a proof-of-concept study.AIDS careread at PubMed
  • Published On 6/9/2020Screening for Unhealthy Drug Use: Neither an Unreasonable Idea Nor an Evidence-Based Practice.JAMAread at PubMed
  • Published On 6/9/2020What Will it Take to Stem the Tide? Understanding and Addressing the Needs of People With Addiction Involving Multiple Substances.Journal of addiction medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 6/2/2020Patients With Opioid Use Disorder Deserve Trained Providers.Annals of internal medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 6/1/2020Assessing the interaction between depressive symptoms and alcohol use prior to antiretroviral therapy on viral suppression among people living with HIV in Rural Uganda.AIDS careread at PubMed
  • Published On 6/1/2020The Unexpected Risks of COVID-19 on Asthma Control in Children.The journal of allergy and clinical immunology. In practiceread at PubMed
  • Published On 6/1/202030 Years of Reach Out and Read: Need for a Developmental Perspective.Pediatricsread at PubMed
  • Published On 6/1/2020Feasibility of a Brief Intervention to Facilitate Advance Care Planning Conversations for Patients with Life-Limiting Illness in the Emergency Department.Journal of palliative medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 5/31/2020A pharmacy liaison-patient navigation intervention to reduce inpatient and emergency department utilization among primary care patients in a Medicaid accountable care organization: A pragmatic trial protocol.Contemporary clinical trialsread at PubMed