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.

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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

 

Ganguli wins AAGP Distinguished Scientist Award

Mary Ganguli (EPI '81) was ho...
Ganguli wins AAGP Distinguished Scientist Award

Mary Ganguli (EPI '81) was honored by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry in recognition of her many years of significant contributions to the field and her mentorship of successful junior researchers in the field of geriatric psychiatry. Ganguli is professor of psychiatry, epidemiolo... (04/15/2019)

King's findings on how to prevent weight gain after weight loss surgery

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT - ...
King's findings on how to prevent weight gain after weight loss surgery

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT - EPI's Wendy King and colleagues found that eating habits and physical activity have a greater impact on weight-loss surgery's long-term success than measures like counting calories. Limiting sedentary behaviors, self-weighing at least once a week, avoiding fast food, an... (04/05/2019)

Pitt Public Health wins at the Health Disparities Poster Competition

Congratulations to Jessica Th...
Pitt Public Health wins at the Health Disparities Poster Competition

Congratulations to Jessica Thompson (BCHS '21) and Stephanie Lynn Corey (EPI '19) for winning awards at this year's Health Disparities Poster Competition!  (04/03/2019)

Kuller receives 2019 Peter J. Safar Pulse of Pittsburgh award

EPI’s Lewis Kuller was honore...
Kuller receives 2019 Peter J. Safar Pulse of Pittsburgh award

EPI’s Lewis Kuller was honored at the Pittsburgh Heart Ball for his groundbreaking contributions to the study of cardiovascular disease. When presenting the award, Anne Newman, chair of the department, said that Kuller "always challenged current public health knowledge through research and interven... (03/27/2019)

Costacou finds menarche heightens overt nephropathy risk in type 1 diabetes

HEALIO – "A major question of...
Costacou finds menarche heightens overt nephropathy risk in type 1 diabetes

HEALIO – "A major question of concern in type 1 diabetes is the association of age at menarche with glycemic control; however, studies evaluating the impact of glycemic control on the age at menarche in young women with type 1 diabetes have provided conflicting results," said EPI’s Tina Costacou, f... (03/26/2019)

 

Mon
4/22
Epidemiology epiBRAIN Journal Club
epiBRAIN Journal Club Epidemiology epiBRAIN Journal Club
epiBRAIN Journal Club
Mon 4/22 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A521 Public Health

Multidisciplinary Journal Club to explore the application of neuroimaging methods in the context of aging and population studies

Tue
4/23
Epidemiology Dissertation Defense
Effect of Lrg.-Scale Econ. Devel. on Violence & Collec. Efficacy:A Natural Experiment Epidemiology Dissertation Defense
Effect of Lrg.-Scale Econ. Devel. on Violence & Collec. Efficacy:A Natural Experiment
Tue 4/23 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Outside Conference and Meeting Spaces

DEFENSE LOCATION:  Schenley Place, Epidemiology Data Center - Conference Room 631

DISSERTATION TITLE:  The Effect of Large-Scale Economic Development on Violence and Collective Efficacy:  A Natural Experiment

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Maria M. Brooks
Tiffany L. Gary-Webb
Dara D. Mendez
Evelyn O. Talbott