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 cellphone counseling.

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 Denise Bruno, Interim Chair and Associate Professor, at to set up a time to talk or meet in-person.

Faculty Profiles

Hot Off The Press: New Publications from CHSC


  • Ramella L, Schaefer AJ, Rokicki S, Adachi J, Thompson AB, Byatt N, Moore Simas TA, Mackie TI. A national survey on adaptations by perinatal psychiatry access programs to promote perinatal mental healthcare equity. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2022 May-Jun;76:49-54. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2022.03.005. Epub 2022 Mar 14. PMID: 35361495.

  • Uong, S. P., Zhou, J., Lovinsky-Desir, S., Albrecht, S. S., Azan, A., Chambers, E. C., Sheffeld, P., Thompson, A., Wilson, J., Woo Baidal, J., & Stingone, J. A. (2022). The Creation of a Multidomain Neighborhood Environmental Vulnerability Index Across an Urban Center. medRxiv, 2022-12.
  • Meanley S, Choi SK, Thompson AB, Meyers JL, D'Souza G, Adimora AA, Mimiaga MJ, Kempf MC, Konkle-Parker D, Cohen MH, Teplin LA, Murchison L, Rubin LH, Rubtsova AA, Weiss DJ, Aouizerat B, Friedman MR, Plankey MW, Wilson TE. Short-term binge drinking, marijuana, and recreational drug use trajectories in a prospective cohort of people living with HIV at the start of COVID-19 mitigation efforts in the United States. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2022 Feb 1;231:109233. 

  • Dill LJ, Gousse Y, Huggins K, Fraser MA, Browne RC, Stewart M, Salifu M, Joseph MA, Wilson TE. Adjournment in Community HIV Prevention: Exploring Transitions in Community-Academic Partnerships. Health Promot Pract. 2020 Jul;21(4):544-551. 

  • Kay ES, Edmonds A, Ludema C, Adimora A, Alcaide ML, Chandran A, Cohen MH, Johnson MO, Kassaye S, Kempf MC, Moran CA, Sosanya O, Wilson TE. Health insurance and AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) increases retention in care among women living with HIV in the United States. AIDS Care. 2021 Aug;33(8):1044-1051. 

  • Wilson TE, Hennessy EA, Falzon L, Boyd R, Kronish IM, Birk JL. Effectiveness of interventions targeting self-regulation to improve adherence to chronic disease medications: a meta-review of meta-analyses. Health Psychol Rev. 2020 Mar;14(1):66-85. 

  • Browne VR, Bruno DM, Dhuper S, Afable A. Insights into the challenges and facilitators to physical activity among brooklyn teens enroled in a weight management programme. Health Expect. 2022.

  • Bruno DM, Afable A, Pervil-Ulysse M, Putman JS, Demissie K. Implementation of a Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Program at an Academic Medical Center in New York City. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 2022.

  • Aragones A, Gany F, Kaplan A, Bruno D. An opportunity to increase human papillomavirus vaccination rates: Change the guidelines. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2022:2136444.

  • Aragones A, Zamore C, Moya EM, Cordero JI, Gany F, Bruno DM. The Impact of Restrictive Policies on Mexican Immigrant Parents and Their Children's Access to Health Care. Health Equity. 2021;5(1):612-618.

  • Camacho-Rivera M, Islam JY, Rodriguez DR, Vidot DC, Bailey Z. Food Insecurity Disparities and Mental Health Impacts Among Cancer Survivors During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Health Equity. 2022 Sep 21;6(1):729-737. doi: 10.1089/heq.2021.0120. PMID: 36225657; PMCID: PMC9536346.

  • Camacho-Rivera M, Islam JY, Rivera A, Vidot DC. Attitudes Toward Using COVID-19 mHealth Tools Among Adults With Chronic Health Conditions: Secondary Data Analysis of the COVID-19 Impact Survey. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2020 Dec 17;8(12):e24693. doi: 10.2196/24693. PMID: 33301415; PMCID: PMC7748389.

  • Camacho-Rivera M, Gonzalez CJ, Morency JA, Blake KD, Calixte R. Heterogeneity in Trust of Cancer Information among Hispanic Adults in the United States: An Analysis of the Health Information National Trends Survey. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 Jul;29(7):1348-1356. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-19-1375. PMID: 32611616