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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Recent Research in Community Health Sciences

Latest Publications

  • Published On 12/1/2021Mapping the scientific literature on reproductive health among transgender and gender diverse people: a scoping review.Sexual and reproductive health mattersread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/10/2021Factors associated with phosphatidylethanol (PEth) sensitivity for detecting unhealthy alcohol use: An individual patient data meta-analysis.Alcoholism, clinical and experimental researchread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/8/2021The Continuing Challenge of Measuring Maternal Mortality.Obstetrics and gynecologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/7/2021Facebook usage, participation patterns, and social support from Facebook activity among smokers with mobility impairments.Translational behavioral medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/4/2021Commentary: Reducing youth firearm violence and the associated health disparities requires enhanced surveillance and modern behavioral intervention strategies - a commentary on Bottiani et al. (2021).Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplinesread at PubMed

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