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Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology, from Anne B. Newman, MD, MPH ...

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Areas of Emphasis

Faculty members in each of the sixteen areas offer major research and/or community service programs that provide excellent facilities for student research and field training.

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Epidemiology Seminar

The Fall 2017 schedule is now available…

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Epidemiology Graduate Programs

The Department of Epidemiology of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health is leading research and prevention activities that impact public health by training students to evaluate and respond to important public health issues in aging and chronic disease prevention, reproductive health, environmental health, and infectious diseases.

The program provides a strong foundation in epidemiology, which is a core discipline in public health. Our epidemiology graduate programs incorporate into the teaching program activites that provide a practical and clinically relevant educational experience that is based on a foundation of research excellence.. Students take a series of core courses in epidemiology and public health, and may choose to focus on one of several Areas of Emphasis. Faculty in each of these areas direct major research programs and training grants that provide excellent opportunities for student research and field training.

Find a research program for your interests

Pitt Public Health faculty members conduct small and large observational studies and clinical trials of problems that have major impact on the health of populations, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, premature birth, and injury. Faculty members may also lead field centers or coordinating centers for multicenter national and international observational studies and clinical trials.

Major areas of emphasis include...
  • Aging Epidemiology
  • Applied Public Health Epidemiology
  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular and Diabetes Epidemiology
  • Clinical Trials & Methods
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Global Health Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Injury Prevention Epidemiology
  • Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology
  • Neuroepidemiology
  • Obesity and Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Prevention, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Epidemiology
  • Psychiatric Epidemiology
  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology
  • Women’s Health Epidemiology

Pursue a career in epidemiology

Graduates of Pitt Public Health pursue epidemiology careers in three main areas:
  • Academic epidemiologists work in universities or other research institutes, such as RAND Corporation. They design research studies to answer important questions about risk factors and outcomes. In the university setting, faculty epidemiologists teach courses in epidemiologic methods and mentor master’s and doctoral students working on research projects.
  • Public health practice epidemiologists may conduct surveys, monitor the rise or fall in health outcomes through epidemiologic surveillance and designing and executing interventions to impact public health.
  • Health care epidemiologists work in the health care setting to track medical treatments and outcomes and design interventions to improve outcomes.

Degrees

Five graduate epidemiology programs are available at Pitt Public Health:

 

Salcido returns as epidemiology seminar speaker

Alumnus DAVID SALCIDO (EPI ’08...
Salcido returns as epidemiology seminar speaker

Alumnus DAVID SALCIDO (EPI ’08) was guest lecturer for the September 21, 2017, epidemiology seminar with a talk titled “Cardiac Arrest, Resuscitation and the Opioid Epidemic.” He began his resuscitation research work in 2006. Since then he has developed interests in cardiac arrest physiology (acute ... (09/21/2017)

Glynn finds small increases in physical activity reduce immobility, disability risks in older adults

TUFTS NOW - Adding 48 minutes ...
Glynn finds small increases in physical activity reduce immobility, disability risks in older adults

TUFTS NOW - Adding 48 minutes of moderate exercise per week is associated with improvements in overall physical functioning and decreases in risks of immobility in older adults who are sedentary, finds a new study assisted by author NANCY GLYNN, epidemiology researcher with the Center for Aging and ... (09/12/2017)

Epidemiology study named “Most Effective” in geriatric medicine

An epidemiology study led seni...
Epidemiology study named “Most Effective” in geriatric medicine

An epidemiology study led senior author ANNE B. NEWMAN and alumna MINI E. JACOB (EPI ’14) was recently named one of the 10 most effective articles in geriatric medicine in 2016 at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting. "Can a Healthy Lifestyle Compress the Disabled Period in Older Adults?" ... (09/12/2017)

Rockette-Wagner finds that sitting for long periods each day linked to increased mortality

TRIB LIVE - Even people who ex...
Rockette-Wagner finds that sitting for long periods each day linked to increased mortality

TRIB LIVE - Even people who exercise the recommended two-and-a-half hours per week likely face an increased risk of death if they sit a lot every day, according to a new study on sitting’s health risks. The science of sedentary behavior is more limited than the science of physical activity, said epi... (09/11/2017)

Harrison on school requirements for child vaccines

NBC PHILADELPHIA - State offic...
Harrison on school requirements for child vaccines

NBC PHILADELPHIA - State officials want both public and private school students to be up-to-date with all their vaccinations within five days of the beginning of the school year, a drastic reduction from the eight months that pupils used to have to get their shots. Epidemiology’s LEE HARRISON says o... (09/01/2017)

 

Thu
9/28
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Epidemiology Seminar - Panagiotis (Takis) Benos, PhD Epidemiology Seminar Series
Epidemiology Seminar - Panagiotis (Takis) Benos, PhD
Thu 9/28 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)


Mon
10/2
PHDL Workshop
Grand Rounds PHDL/CTSI Workshop on Modeling the Opioid Epidemic Grand Rounds PHDL/CTSI Workshop on Modeling the Opioid Epidemic PHDL Workshop
PHDL/CTSI Workshop on Modeling the Opioid Epidemic
Mon 10/2 8:00AM - 5:00PM
University Club - Ballroom A

"Modeling the Opioid Epidemic: Insights and Potential Solutions from Computational Science" is a one-day, national workshop sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory (PHDL) at the University of Pittsburgh. Experts in computational modeling, substance abuse, and addiction will discuss their research and best practices in response to the national opioid crisis. Presentations will examine the problem at different scales from the biological, to the individual human, to population-wide. A continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided. Please register by September 18, 2017.

Grand Rounds credit will be given for attendance at one or more of the workshop sessions. Check CourseWeb for details. This event is offered for 8 CPH CE credits.

Mon
10/2
Epidemiology Journal Club
Diabetes Journal Club Epidemiology Journal Club
Diabetes Journal Club
Mon 10/2 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Pittsburgh, PA

The purpose of the Diabetes Research Journal Club is to discuss current literature in the area of Diabetes, bringing us all up to date with current issues in the field.
Thu
10/5
Epidemiology Seminar Series
EPI In Action! Student Poster Presentation Symposium Epidemiology Seminar Series
EPI In Action! Student Poster Presentation Symposium
Thu 10/5 12:00PM - 2:00PM
O'Hara Student Center

Thu
10/5
Epidemiology epiBRAIN Journal Club
epiBRAIN Journal Club Epidemiology epiBRAIN Journal Club
epiBRAIN Journal Club
Thu 10/5 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Public Health A312

For our fall journal club, the eBrain group will continue our examination of the intersection of cerebral small vessel disease and neurodegenerative pathologies with a focus on vascular contributions to Alzheimer’s disease. Journal club meetings are open to anyone with an interest in this topic, regardless of discipline or expertise, and we hope to stimulate multidisciplinary discussion and collaboration.
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