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Department of Epidemiology alumni have crafted interesting career paths and are applying their wealth of professional and academic experiences in a variety of roles.

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Flatt's team receives a $75,000 grant for study on affordable LGBTQ age-friendly housing

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A $75,000 Team Science RAP Grant was awarded to alumnus JASON FLATT (BCHS '13) and colleagues on The Role of Affordable LGBTQ Age-Friendly Housing on the Health of LGBTQ Older Adults: A Natural Experiment. The study will be funded jointly by the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and the Academic Senate.  They are partnering with Openhouse, a nonprofit organization in San Francisco.  

Catov finds preterm birth linked to heart disease later in life

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WESA-FM - A new study found that women who had preterm births and a pattern of increasing blood pressure were also more likely to have greater calcium buildup in their hearts, putting them at higher risk for cardiovascular disease and heart attacks. Associate professor, alumna, and lead author JANET CATOV (EPI ’05) said it’s interesting that women who also had increasing blood pressure but gave birth to full-term babies didn’t have as much plaque... 

Gieraltowski says it's ok to eat romaine lettuce again

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NPR - After weeks of warnings to toss out romaine grown in the Yuma, Ariz., region, the CDC says there are no longer any greens coming from this region. Now that lettuce grown in the Yuma region is likely no longer being sold in supermarkets or served in restaurants, LAURA GIERALTOWSKI (EPI '09) head of the CDC's foodborne outbreak response team says, "We hope people can enjoy their romaine lettuce again."  

Celebrate 70: Global health impact (video)

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Faculty and alumni spoke on a panel to highlight the public health impact on global communities, including immigration crises, planetary health, climate change, and the importance of health systems. KELLY SALDANA (BCHS ’01) talked about creating resiliency and figuring out what that means both at the individual level and the systems level to help lessen negative effects of climate change.  

Celebrate 70: The opioid crisis (video)

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Experts from across public health disciplines discuss opioid epidemic research, intervention strategies, challenges, and steps for the future. “What we have to start to ask is what is it as a culture that we think is the most important part of what drives us, and that shouldn’t be bottom line, it should be quality of life, ” says JAN PRINGLE (EPI ’86) about the cultural shift on attitudes towards drug use.   

Celebrate 70: Local impact panel (Video)

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“It’s not about doing the cool work. It’s about doing the work that is necessary for that community,” says RUTH MODZELEWSKI (HUGEN '96) in a discussion featuring faculty and alumni about their impact on local communities, including collaboration between the private and public sector, the value of community based participatory research, empowering communities with early access to data, and acknowledging the “invisible” Latino community in Pittsbu... 

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Minimize Sample master's graduate positions

Some epidemiology master's program alumni hold positions in these organizations:
Dietetic consultant American Dietetic Association
President and chief executive officer Arcadia Gymnastics & Fitness Center
Associate, epidemiology Brigham & Women's Hospital
Epidemiologist Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Research coordinator Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Director Delaware Public Health Labs
Health director Egyptian Ministry of Health
Director, regulatory affairs Hoffmann-Larouche Inc.
Professor and geneticist Indiana University
Consultant, cardiovascular diseases Mayo Clinic
Health statistician National Center for Health Statistics
Bureau chief Ohio State Health Department
Administrator, public health Pennsylvania State Government
Senior clinical research associate Schering Plough Research Institute

Minimize Sample doctoral graduate positions

Some epidemiology doctoral program alumni hold positions in the following organizations:

Research biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Staff toxicologist California Department of Pesticide Regulation
Chief executive officer Renaissance Health Ventures
Associate professor, public health Columbia University
Medical consultant E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company
Vice president, health care research Gallup Organization
Epidemiologist Lockheed Martin
Assistant professor, ophthalmology Johns Hopkins University
Research associate Maine Medical Center
Cancer prevention fellow National Cancer Institute
Nutrition policy director National Center for Health Statistics
Research scientist New Jersey Department of Health
Professor, epidemiology Purdue University
Executive director Southwestern PA AIDS Planning Coalition

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Epi Alumni Awards & Profiles

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Chalhoub: 2018 Delta Omega Inductee 

Chalhoub: 2018 Delta Omega Inductee

DIDIER CHALHOUB (MMPH ’12, EPI ’15) is a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging Interdisciplinary Studies Aging Section. His areas of research include aging, osteoporosis, and sarcopenia, concentrating on osteoporosis and body composition with... (02/23/2018)
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Buchanich: 2018 Delta Omega Inductee 

Buchanich: 2018 Delta Omega Inductee

While completing her MPH and PhD degrees, JEANINE BUCHANICH (EPI ’98, ’07) worked full time for the Department of Biostatistics at Pitt Public Health and was appointed research assistant professor and deputy director of the Center for Occupational Biostatistics and Epidemiology in 2008. She has serv... (02/23/2018)
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Peter: 2018 Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award 

Peter: 2018 Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award

BERNADINE PETER (EPI ’88) is population health coordinator and registered dietitian at Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio, Texas. She previously served at Franklin Primary Health Center Inc. in Mobile, Ala., where she educated patients with diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure,... (02/23/2018)
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Norris: 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research 

Norris: 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research

JILL NORRIS (EPI ’88, ’90) is professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology in the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Her research focuses on the relationship of environment in the development of autoimmune diseases, including type I diabe... (02/23/2018)
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Manzi receives Richard E. Deitrick Humanity in Medicine Award 

Manzi receives Richard E. Deitrick Humanity in Medicine Award

Alumna SUSAN M. MANZI was honored with the 2016 Richard E. Deitrick Humanity in Medicine Award during the  Celebration of Excellence Awards Gala , Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Heinz Field. Established in 2012, the award honors a physician who has improved the lives of patients by caring for them wi... (01/05/2018)
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Taylor takes best of show with checkerboard peanut butter pie 

Taylor takes best of show with checkerboard peanut butter pie

NEW YORK TIMES - This doctoral alum is amazing! CHRIS TAYLOR (EPI '10), who was inducted into the Pitt Public Health Delta Omega Honor Society chapter in May 2017, won best in show in the amateur division at the American Pie Council's championship in June in Orlando, Florida. His winner beat 205 ot... (07/17/2017)
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Dorman receives nursing Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award 

Dorman receives nursing Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award

It was announced today that alumna JANICE SCULLY DORMAN (HUGEN ’81, EPI ’83) is the recipient of the Pitt School of Nursing 2017 Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award for tenured faculty. Dorman has taught classes at that school (and at Pitt Public Health) for 30 years, focusing primarily on molecular... (06/26/2017)
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Zimmerman, Nowalk, Hawk, and Ricci receive Adult Immunization Publication Award 

Zimmerman, Nowalk, Hawk, and Ricci receive Adult Immunization Publication Award

Kudos to (photo front, left to right) alumna PATRICIA NOWALK (EPI '81, ’93) and BCHS faculty MARY HAWK, ED RICCI, and (back) RICHARD ZIMMERMAN, who received the Immunization Publication Excellence Award presented during the National Adult Influenza Immunization Summit, May 10, 2017, in Atlanta, Geor... (06/01/2017)
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