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Older adults address obesity in the MOVE UP study…

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GSA Names Next Medical Sciences Journal Editor

Dr. Anne B. Newman named as the next Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Medical Sciences Journal Editor…

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Epi Seminar

September 29, 2016

Karen A. Matthews, PhD, "Psychological and CV Risk Factor Changes during Menopause..." 

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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.

Degrees

Five graduate epidemiology programs are available at Pitt Public Health:
Thu
9/29
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Karen A. Matthews, PhD, "Psychological and CV Risk Factor Changes during Menopause ... " Epidemiology Seminar Series
Karen A. Matthews, PhD, "Psychological and CV Risk Factor Changes during Menopause ... "
Thu 9/29 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G023)

Karen A. Matthews, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Epidemiology, Psychology, & Clinical and Translational Science Director, Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Research Training Program, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Topic: Psychological and CV Risk Factor Changes during Menopause: Do They Matter for  Coronary Heart Disease?

Fri
9/30
Epidemiology Journal Club
CAPH Epidemiology of Aging Workshop Series Epidemiology Journal Club
CAPH Epidemiology of Aging Workshop Series
Fri 9/30 12:30PM - 1:30PM
University of Pittsburgh

The Epidemiology of Aging Workshop Series offered in conjunction with the Center for Aging and Population Health (CAPH)  is offered every Friday from 12:30pm-1:30pm during the fall term and 1:00pm-2:00pm during the spring term and is held in the CAPH Offices, 130 North Bellefield Avenue, 5th floor conference room. (EPIDEM 2950)
Mon
10/3
Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club
Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Journal Club Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club
Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Journal Club
Mon 10/3 3:00PM - 4:30PM
109 Parran

Thu
10/6
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Grand Rounds Roberta B. Ness, MD, MPH, “The Creativity Crisis” Epidemiology Seminar Series
Roberta B. Ness, MD, MPH, “The Creativity Crisis”
Thu 10/6 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G023)

Roberta B. Ness, MD, MPH, James W. Rockwell Professor of Public Health, Vice President for Innovation, The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX

Topic: The Creativity Crisis

Tue
10/11
Epidemiology Lecture
Dr. Tomáš Paus, "Population Neuroscience: Observing to Change" Epidemiology Lecture
Dr. Tomáš Paus, "Population Neuroscience: Observing to Change"
Tue 10/11 3:00PM - 4:00PM
109 Parran

Dr. Paus is an expert in mapping the human brain in health and disease using a variety of tools, including positron emission tomography (PET), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electro-encephalography (EEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Over the past five years, Dr. Paus has initiated or joined several large-scale studies of brain maturation and cognitive & behavioural development during adolescence, thus pioneering a new discipline of population neuroscience that operates at an intersection of epidemiology, genetics and neuroscience.

9/15/2016

University appoints Jane Cauley to rank of distinguished professor

UNIVERSITY TIMES - The University has honored Jane Cauley , Department of Epidemiology in the Gradu...
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9/12/2016

Pitt Researchers Analyze Patterns of Prescribed Opioid Misuse

Dr. Thomas Songer, assistant professor of epidemiology at the   University of Pittsburgh Graduate ...
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9/12/2016

Lisa Bodnar appointed new vice-chair for research

Congratulations to  Lisa Bodnar , an associate professor of epidemiology, with tenure, on her appoi...
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9/12/2016

Experts Say The Presidential Candidates Will Probably Live A Long Time Because They’re Rich And Well Educated

BUZZFEED - With less than two months to go in the presidential campaign, the conversation around th...
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8/11/2016

Pitt Public Health Nutritional Epidemiologist Selected to Serve on Federal Panel Shaping Pregnancy Diet and Health Guidelines

For the first time, federal dietary and health guidelines for Americans are being updated to include...
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