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Dr. Lisa Bodnar Receives Outstanding Alumnus Award

The award will be presented at a ceremony on Friday, April 28 ...

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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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March Newsletter

The March issue of the Epidemiology Newsletter is now available online…

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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:

 

Van Panhuis offers wisdom on some common myths about vaccines for kids

CONSUMER REPORTS - Myth 2: It’...
Van Panhuis offers wisdom on some common myths about vaccines for kids

CONSUMER REPORTS - Myth 2: It’s Safer to Space Out Kids’ Vaccines. Truth: No. Epidemiologist WILBERT VAN PANHUIS says that’s unwise. The CDC bases the schedule on disease risks and vaccine effectiveness at specific ages, and the way vaccines may interact with each other. To start mixing this up is c... (08/15/2017)

Garland and Fabio want more data to understand neighborhood variations in the deadliness of Pittsburgh shootings

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Doze...
Garland and Fabio want more data to understand neighborhood variations in the deadliness of Pittsburgh shootings

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Dozens of potential factors cause the deadliness rate of shootings to vary widely across the city geographically and from year-to-year. BCHS’ RICHARD GARLAND and EPI’s ANTHONY FABIO, who study troubled youth and violence, wish more police data was available to find patterns... (08/14/2017)

Newman contributes to study on how genes affect body mass

NATURE COMMUNICATIONS - ANNE N...
Newman contributes to study on how genes affect body mass

NATURE COMMUNICATIONS - ANNE NEWMAN, EPI chair, is co-author of a recent article on the largest, most comprehensive genetic study of lean mass to date. By understanding the genetic contributions to lean mass—an indicator of muscle mass—future treatments may be developed to prevent the loss of lean m... (08/11/2017)

30 percent of women have this down-there infection—and they don’t even know it

READERS DIGEST - As many as...
30 percent of women have this down-there infection—and they don’t even know it

READERS DIGEST - As many as one in three women will develop bacterial vaginosis (BV) at some point in their lives, but most will have zero clue that have an infection that can wreak havoc on their fertility and increase their risk of developing HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. “Bact... (08/11/2017)

Why belly fat really is the worst kind of weight gain, especially for women

NBC TODAY - “Studies have show...
Why belly fat really is the worst kind of weight gain, especially for women

NBC TODAY - “Studies have shown that it’s not just being overweight that matters, it’s also where you store the fat,” said co-author SAMAR R. EL KHOUDARY, associate professor of epidemiology. “When the fat is near the heart it can be like a metabolically active organ that can secrete toxic chemicals... (08/07/2017)

 

Thu
8/31
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Epidemiology Seminar - Jane A Cauley, DrPH Epidemiology Seminar Series
Epidemiology Seminar - Jane A Cauley, DrPH
Thu 8/31 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G023)


Thu
9/7
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Epidemiology Seminar - John M. Jakicic, PhD Epidemiology Seminar Series
Epidemiology Seminar - John M. Jakicic, PhD
Thu 9/7 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G023)


Fri
9/8
Epidemiology Workshop
Department of Epidemiology-New Student Fundamentals Workshop Epidemiology Workshop
Department of Epidemiology-New Student Fundamentals Workshop
Fri 9/8 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Public Health A521

Mon
9/11
PHDL Seminar Series
Sara Del Valle- "Real-Time Social Internet Data to Guide Disease Forecasting Models" PHDL Seminar Series
Sara Del Valle- "Real-Time Social Internet Data to Guide Disease Forecasting Models"
Mon 9/11 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health A521

This talk will discuss a framework that combines clinical surveillance data with social Internet data and mathematical models to provide probabilistic forecasts of disease incidence and will demonstrate the value of Internet data and the real-time utility of epidemiological modeling approaches.
Mon
9/11
Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club
Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Journal Club Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club
Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Journal Club
Mon 9/11 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Public Health A521

The focus of this journal club will continue to be the presentation of research being conducted by the CVD training grant trainees and faculty collaborating with the URL, as it relates to subclinical cardiovascular disease. This may take the form of practice for overview/comprehensive meetings, preparation for conference talks and/or informal works in progress (WIP) presentations. In addition, we will review published articles related to subclinical cardiovascular disease measure epidemiology and methodology.
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