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 activities 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.

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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
  • Applied public health
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular and diabetes
  • Clinical trials and methods
  • Environmental
  • Global health
  • Infectious disease
  • Injury prevention
  • Molecular and genetic
  • Population neuroscience
  • Obesity and nutritional
  • Prevention, lifestyle and physical activity
  • Psychiatric
  • Reproductive, perinatal and pediatric
  • Women’s health

 

Brent’s findings help high school kids look out for one another

THE LACONIA DAILY SUN - We kn...
Brent’s findings help high school kids look out for one another

THE LACONIA DAILY SUN - We know that human compassion, connection, and kindness can make a difference for someone experiencing emotional distress. Studies now show that mental illness and its consequences affect 25 percent of the U.S. population. Of those, 50 percent develop mental illness by age 1... (10/21/2019)

Boston cites Chang, Kuller, and Matthews study that says optimists live longer

FORBES - As early as 2009, EP...
Boston cites Chang, Kuller, and Matthews study that says optimists live longer

FORBES - As early as 2009, EPI’s Yue-Fang Chang, Karen Matthews, and Lewis Kuller carried out a personality test with 97,253 women that assessed their levels of optimism and pessimism. Researchers compared the top quartile of the most optimistic women with the bottom quartile of the most pessimisti... (10/14/2019)

Bodnar's study seeks to guide maternal weight gain in twin pregnancies

HEALTH NEWS DIGEST - An old a...
Bodnar's study seeks to guide maternal weight gain in twin pregnancies

HEALTH NEWS DIGEST - An old adage urges pregnant women to “eat for two.” So with twins, is it “eat for three?” While that is likely bad advice, when it comes to twin pregnancies, EPI's Lisa Bodnar says, “Twin pregnancies have high rates of complications, so it is important to identify factors that ... (10/14/2019)

Faculty speak out on “Inequality Across Gender and Race” report

Faculty members Dara Mendez ...
Faculty speak out on “Inequality Across Gender and Race” report

Faculty members Dara Mendez (EPI) and Tiffany Gary-Webb (EPI/BCHS) shared some thoughtful criticisms of the “Inequality Across Gender and Race ” report recently issued by the city.  These two Pitt Public Health faculty members were co-signers of a letter responding to the report and challengin... (10/09/2019)

Epidemiology students share internships and practica during “Epi-in-Action” symposium

Reporting on recent internshi...
Epidemiology students share internships and practica during “Epi-in-Action” symposium

Reporting on recent internships and practica, epidemiology students reported on summer research and practice experiences in our region and around the world. The O’Hara Student Center ballroom buzzed as faculty and staff learned about field initiatives, practical applications, and lessons learned. ... (10/09/2019)

 

Thu
10/24
Epidemiology Dissertation Defense
Tenley Brownwright - Measles Vaccination Data Improves Detection of Measles Risk in the US & Africa Epidemiology Dissertation Defense
Tenley Brownwright - Measles Vaccination Data Improves Detection of Measles Risk in the US & Africa
Thu 10/24 9:00AM - 11:00AM
5140 Public Health, Burke Seminar Room

Full dissertation title:  Using High-Resolution Measles Vaccination Coverage Data Improves Detection of Spatial Heterogeneity and Measles Risk in the US and Africa

Committee:

Wilbert van Panhuis - chair
Daniel J. Bain
Christina F. Mair
Evelyn O. Talbott

Thu
10/24
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Jill Koshiol - Investigating Biliary Tract Cancer Etiology Jill Koshiol - Investigating Biliary Tract Cancer Etiology  Epidemiology Seminar Series
Jill Koshiol - Investigating Biliary Tract Cancer Etiology 
Thu 10/24 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Investigating Biliary Tract Cancer Etiology 

Jill Koshiol, PHD 
Earl Stadtman Investigator, National Cancer Institute 
Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch 

Fri
10/25
Epidemiology Journal Club
Epidemiological Methods Journal Club Epidemiology Journal Club
Epidemiological Methods Journal Club
Fri 10/25 1:00PM - 3:00PM
5140 Public Health, Burke Seminar Room

The Epidemiological Methods Journal Club meets weekly to discuss papers related to the foundations of the causal inference framework and new epidemiologic methods.

Mon
10/28
Epidemiology epiBRAIN Journal Club
epiBRAIN Journal Club Epidemiology epiBRAIN Journal Club
epiBRAIN Journal Club
Mon 10/28 12:00PM - 1:00PM
5140 Public Health, Burke Seminar Room

The Epidemiology of Brain Resilience in Aging (e-BRAIN) program and the Claude D. Pepper Center at the University of Pittsburgh sponsor the epiBRAIN Journal club, a multidisciplinary Journal Club to explore the application of neuroimaging methods in the context of aging and population studies...

Thu
10/31
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Thomas J. Songer - The Social and Economic Impact of Caring for Children with Diabetes Mellitus Epidemiology Seminar Series
Thomas J. Songer - The Social and Economic Impact of Caring for Children with Diabetes Mellitus
Thu 10/31 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

The Social and Economic Impact of Caring for Children with Diabetes Mellitus 

Thomas J. Songer, PhD 
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh GSPH