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Older adults address obesity in the MOVE UP study…

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Cura Zika

Dr. Jennifer Adibi is one of five speakers invited to showcase work being done on Zika at Pitt and the launch of Cura Zika

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Dengue Epidemics Linked to El Niño

Dr. van Panhuis and team reveal link between dengue and El Niño…

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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 & Diabetes Epidemiology
  • Clinical Trials & Methods
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Global Health Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Injury Prevention Epidemiology
  • Molecular & Genetic Epidemiology
  • Neuroepidemiology
  • Obesity & Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Prevention, Lifestyle & Physical Activity Epidemiology
  • Psychiatric Epidemiology
  • Reproductive, Perinatal & 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.


Five graduate epidemiology programs are available at Pitt Public Health:
Epidemiology Journal Club
Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Journal Club Epidemiology Journal Club
Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Journal Club
Mon 7/25 3:15PM - 4:30PM
109 Parran

Epidemiology Dissertation Defense
Qian Zhao, MSPH Epidemiology Dissertation Defense
Qian Zhao, MSPH
Wed 7/27 1:30PM - 3:30PM
A425 Crabtree

Epidemiology epiBRAIN Journal Club
Aging, striatal dopamine, and movement Epidemiology epiBRAIN Journal Club
Aging, striatal dopamine, and movement
Tue 8/2 12:00PM - 1:00PM
109 Parran

The aging striatal dopamine function. O Darbin. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders 18 (2012) 426-432.
Epidemiology epiBRAIN Journal Club
Imaging dopamine (with Rajesh Narendran) Epidemiology epiBRAIN Journal Club
Imaging dopamine (with Rajesh Narendran)
Tue 8/16 12:00PM - 1:00PM
109 Parran

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Edward Gregg, PhD (EPI ’96), awarded ADA 2016 Kelly West Award

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Pitt Finding Suggests New Heart Disease Screening Target for Middle-Aged Black Women

Middle-aged black women have higher levels of a protein in their blood associated with a predictor o...

Testosterone Treatment Shown for First Time to Benefit Men Over 65

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health was among a dozen sites nationwide to ...

Sedentary Behavior Linked to Poor Health in Adults with Severe Obesity, Independent of Exercise

Sedentary behavior is associated with poor cardiovascular health and diabetes in adults with severe...
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