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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

  • Afable A, Ursua R, Wyatt LC, Aguilar D, Kwon SC, Islam NS, Trinh-Shevrin C. Duration of US Residence Is Associated With Overweight Risk in Filipino Immigrants Living in New York Metro Area. Fam Community Health. 2016 Jan-Mar;39(1):13-23.
  • Afable A, Karingula NS. Evidence based review of type 2 diabetes prevention and management in low and middle income countries. World J Diabetes. 2016 May 25; 7(10): 209-229.
  • Imperato PJ, Bruno DM, Monica Sweeney M. Ensuring the Health, Safety and Preparedness of U.S. Medical Students Participating in Global Health Electives Overseas. J Community Health 2016;41(2):442-50.
  • Aragones A, Bruno DM, Ehrenberg M, Tonda-Salcedo J, Gany FM. Parental education and text messaging reminders as effective community based tools to increase HPV vaccination rates among Mexican American children. Preventive Medicine Reports 2015;2:554-558.
  • Decker MR, Benning L, Weber KM, Sherman SG, Adedimeji A, Wilson TE, Cohen J, Plankey MW, Cohen MH, Golub ET. Physical and Sexual Violence Predictors: 20 Years of the Women's Interagency HIV Study Cohort. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Aug 29. pii: S0749-3797(16)30253-7. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.07.005. [Epub ahead of print
  • Gardner LI, Marks G, Shahani L, Giordano TP, Wilson TE, Drainoni ML, Keruly JC, Batey DS, Metsch LR. Assessing efficacy of a retention-in-care intervention among HIV patients with depression, anxiety, heavy alcohol consumption and illicit drug use. AIDS. 2016 Apr 24;30(7):1111-9. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000001019.
  • Dill, L., Morrison, O., & Dunn, M. (2016). The Enduring Atlanta Compromise: Youth Contending with Home Foreclosures and School Closures in the "New South." The Du Bois Review. In Press.
  • Dill, L. J., Vearey, J., Oliveira, E., & Martínez Castillo, G. (2016). "Son of the Soil…Daughters of the Land": poetry writing as a strategy of citizen-making for lesbian, gay, and bisexual migrants and asylum seekers in Johannesburg. Agenda, 1-11.