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SUNY Downstate Medical Center


Public Health for a Global Community

Department of Community Health Sciences (CHSC)


The Department of Community Health Sciences is committed to educating and training public health practitioners in the health of urban and immigrant communities around the world. We accomplish this through state-of-the-field graduate curricula, distinguished by several unique features.

Unique Features of CHSC:

In the Field

All of our MPH and DrPH core courses include time spent in communities: contributing to, observing and learning about the health of local neighborhoods.

Global Emphasis

When we study immigrant communities we simultaneously study the countries of origin for those immigrants. In a CHSC course you will find assigned readings focusing on urban communities around the world.

Community Research with Faculty

Graduate students have the opportunity to work with CHSC faculty on innovative research studies serving the health goals of local communities as well as those across the country and in other parts of the world.

Here in Brooklyn we collaborate with community-based organizations, such as the Arthur Ashe Institute and CAMBA, in developing and evaluating interventions for pressing health issues.

The community interventions we research cover a wide range of channels, from in-person outreach in barber shops, beauty salons and restaurants to supportive outreach through cell-phone counseling.

South Africa Field Experience

Our department sponsors a field experience in Limpopo province of South Africa, where our students work side by side with South African health practitioners in disseminating health services to impoverished communities.

We actively engage with communities through all aspects of our work: coursework, service and research.

Our CHSC faculty particularly enjoy spending time with their students and are happy to meet with prospective students to discuss our program.

Please feel free to contact me at to set up a time to talk or meet in person.

Best Wishes,

Barbara Delano, MD, MPH
Chair and Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences


New Publications from CHSC

Gardner LI, Marks G, Wilson TE, Giordano TP, Sullivan M, Raper JL, Rodriguez AE, Keruly J, Malitz F.  
Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999). 2015; 68(4):472-6.  
PubMed [journal] 
PMID: 25559605

  • Bruno DM, Wilson TE, Gany F, Aragones A. Identifying human papillomavirus vaccination practices among primary care providers of minority, low-income and immigrant patient populations. Vaccine 2014;32:4149-54.
  • Dill, L. J., Mahaffey, C., Mosley, T., Treadwell, H., Barkwell, F., & Barnhill, S. (2015). "I Want a Second Chance": Experiences of African American Fathers in Reentry. American Journal of Men's Health, 1-8.
  • Furman, R., & Dill, L. (2015). Extreme data reduction: the case for the research Tanka. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 2(1), 43-52.
  • Dill, L. J. (2015). Poetic Justice: Engaging in Participatory Narrative Analysis to Find Solace in the "Killer Corridor". American Journal of Community Psychology, 55(1), 128-135.