BCHS News

Maria Salazar
January 23, 2024

BCHS’s Maria Salazar honored with the 2023 Bernard D. Goldstein Student Award

Dual master’s student Maria Salazar has been announced as the 2023 winner of the Bernard D. Goldstein Student Award in Environmental Health Disparities and in Public Health Practice.

prescription pill container with pills
January 17, 2024

Online Training on Substance Abuse Offered to all Health Sciences Students

An online training curriculum focused on addressing opioid and other substance use disorders is now available for all University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences schools. Centered on destigmatizing patient substance use and integrating cultural humility, the curriculum establishes a framework for patient care and delivery in clinical experiences and addresses racial and ethnic inequities in substance use treatment and care. The course was piloted in the fall by Mary Hawk in her Harm Reduction course.  

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January 10, 2024

6 OTC Drugs That Can Be Dangerous for Older Adults

“We need better consumer education, more involvement of physicians and pharmacists in OTC consults, and better packaging of the products themselves," says Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Steven Albert. 

prescription pills over a river
December 15, 2023

BCHS partners with ACHD and CDC to curb the opioid overdose epidemic

Mary Hawk, DrPH, MPH, professor and chair; James Egan, PhD, MPH, assistant professor; and staff member Molly Eggleston, MPH, will evaluate the performance of and efficacy of the $14.5 million project, which is an extension of the ACHD's Overdose Prevention Program.

"Community service is integral to what we do as a department and school," said Hawk. "Given the devastating impact of opioid overdose in our region, particularly on Black communities, we are proud to work with the health department on such an important endeavor."

Alumni award winners
November 17, 2023

Pitt Public Health honors alumni at awards ceremony

The University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health recognized nine alumni for their outstanding service to the field of public health at an awards ceremony.

Patricia Documét celebrates Pitt Public Health
September 26, 2023

Paying it Forward

Patricia Documét celebrates Pitt Public Health

 Theresa Kaijage  (SOC WK ’04G, SPH ’04G) used her social work skills and empathy to trailblaze support systems for people with HIV/AIDS in Tanzania.
September 20, 2023

Compassion in Action

Theresa Kaijage  (BCHS ’04) used her social work skills and empathy to trailblaze support systems for people with HIV/AIDS in Tanzania.

Anti-violence teams surge as $50 million in Allegheny County funding flows
September 12, 2023

Anti-violence teams surge as $50 million in Allegheny County funding flows

When a victim of gun violence is brought to UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland, a nurse in the trauma center might rush to their station and pick up a business card from Richard Garland. 

Pitt honors longtime staff employees at ceremony
June 29, 2023

Pitt honors longtime staff employees at ceremony

30 Pitt Public Health staff with long tenures at the University were honored during the Chancellor's Annual Staff Recognition Ceremony.

TV dramas effectively prompt middle schoolers to talk about vaping dangers
June 14, 2023

TV dramas effectively prompt middle schoolers to talk about vaping dangers

“Something surprising, which we wouldn’t have known without these focus groups, is that although all of the students knew the term ‘vaping,’ several said they did not know what e-cigarettes were,” said Hoffman.

BCHS alumna Monica Henderson
June 7, 2023

A nurturing and ever-evolving path

A year after graduation, BCHS alumna Monica Henderson reflects on her personal and professional journey.

Sara Baumann
June 5, 2023

When viewed as public art, gardens grow mental health

“This is a critical space to explore because it impacts people at individual levels, but also how we relate to others and build community," said Sara Baumann.

Visualizing Mental Health Through the Lens of Pittsburgh Youth: A Collaborative Filmmaking Study During COVID-19
May 24, 2023

Youth use collaborative filmmaking to visualize mental health experiences

Our work focuses on using art, specifically film, for elevating discussions about sensitive public health topics, encouraging collaboration, and supporting advocacy.

Student awards
May 15, 2023

Student accolades and honors

The School of Public Health recognizes awards and achievements made by students during the spring semester.
Congratulations go to School of Public Health faculty members who have received new grant awards to support their research:
May 10, 2023

Faculty grants awarded

Congratulations go to School of Public Health faculty members who have received new grant awards to support their research: