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All seven of our outstanding departments boast a diverse faculty with cutting-edge research interests, broad involvement in public health practice, and a commitment to teaching and mentoring. Meeting these esteemed faculty members is not just an expectation at Pitt Public Health—it is a reality. You will learn from and work with professors who are among the most highly regarded experts in the public health field. And they will get to know you.

Pitt Public Health is among the top schools in the country in research dollars per faculty member, which is a testament to the quality of our teaching staff and a measure of how we emphasize research at every level—basic, translational and applied.

Here are just a few of the professional achievements, awards and recognition our faculty members have received:

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Our faculty members are recognized for their work and research by many organizations and their own peers, including:

Thomas E. Guadamuz was one of seven fellows chosen to participate in the highly competitive Fordham HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute  summer training and mentored research program for early career investigators funded by the U.S. National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Zsolt Urban was elected vice chair, Gordon Research Conference on Elastin, Elastic Fibers & Microfibils.

M. Ilyas Kamboh accepted the position as editor-in-chief of a new journal Current Genetic Medicine Reports, published by Springer.

Lisa S. Parker, PhD, was a member of the expert scientific panel for eMERGE (Electronic Medical Record and Genomics) National Consortium.

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Steven M. Albert received a grant from the RK Mellon Foundation to develop a community violence prevention research effort in the Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Center for Health Equity.

Patricia I. Documet received an R21 grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research for her project De la Mano con la Salud/Lend a Hand for Health: A Male Lay Health Advisor Network in a New Growth Community.

Trevor J. Orchard, has established collaboration on childhood diabetes in Africa between Pitt Public Health and the National University of Rwanda School of Public Health.

Andrea M. Kriska leads a team working on translation of lifestyle modification to community interventions in our Physical Activity Epidemiology program. Kriska and her group have been active in promoting clinical translation of the Group-Lifestyle Balance Program through the military and have received invitations for international workshops in Canada and Guam.

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Pitt Public Health professors are often called upon to serve as expert lecturers and instructors in other academic programs at universities and professional conferences.

Jessica Griffin Burke worked closely with the Kellogg Health Scholars at the University of Pittsburgh to develop a Health Equity: Social Determinants of Health lecture series. Speakers included international experts including Paula Braveman (UCSF), Patricia O’Campo (University of Toronto) and Thomas Glass (Johns Hopkins University). Attendance at each seminar exceeded 50 participants and feedback about the quality of and interest in the series was strong. The talks were held in concert with the Public Health Dynamics Lab, School of Law, and Center for Health Equity within Behavioral and Community Health Sciences.

The Summer Institute in Biostatistics, led by Roslyn A. Stone was re-funded for a second term of three years to continue its mission of introducing exceptional undergraduates from across the country to the fields of biostatistics and public health.

Clareann H. Bunker directs an NIH-funded Fogarty program for training public health researchers in India with training sessions in India and in Pittsburgh.

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Pitt Public Health faculty members are involved in collaborative projects with public health agencies and organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. Among the many are: the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, the Allegheny County Health Department, the South Oakland Community Development Corporation, PERSAD, Tobacco Free Allegheny, the Lehigh Valley Board of Health, the Hospital Council of Southwest PA, the Huntington’s Disease Society.

Chongyi Wei helped the World Health Organization develop new guidelines for the prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men and transgender people.

Linda Frank received funding for a new grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. Her Telehealth AETC Appalachian Project will provide training to community health centers on HIV, hepatitis, and related conditions.

Faculty Kudos

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Stephan named Life Sciences PA's Thought Leader of the Year 

Stephan named Life Sciences PA's Thought Leader of the Year

Honoring an individual who has a clearly articulated and enacted vision for advancing the scientific and business prowess of Pennsylvania, HUGEN's DIETRICH STEPHAN was honored with the 2017 award.  (02/28/2018)
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Elizabeth Felter: 2018 Delta Omega Inductee 

Elizabeth Felter: 2018 Delta Omega Inductee

Elizabeth Felter joined the faculty as assistant professor in 2010. She has been a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) since 2001 and leads the department’s health communication/health risk communication curriculum. Her teaching portfolio has expanded to include development of infographics,... (02/23/2018)
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Todd Bear: 2018 Delta Omega Inductee 

Todd Bear: 2018 Delta Omega Inductee

Todd Bear joined the Pitt Public Health faculty as an assistant professor immediately upon earning his PhD in 2013. His primary research interest is the study of adversity, including child maltreatment and exposure to violence, and its effects on health over the lifespan. He utilizes a life-course p... (02/23/2018)
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Moore receives international Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize 

Moore receives international Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize

The 2017 Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the field of medicine, will be presented to IDM’s PATRICK MOORE and Yuan Chang. Their laboratory is credited with discovering two of the seven known human viruses that directly cause cancer. The award is given... (01/05/2018)

Faculty in the News

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Celedon tells working parents, take a deep breath: preschool, daycare do not raise asthma risk 

Celedon tells working parents, take a deep breath: preschool, daycare do not raise asthma risk

UCSF NEWS - A study that involved combing through more than 50 years of data to assess the link between asthma and daycare and preschool attendance may provide welcome reassurance to working parents. Early child care does not boost children’s risk for developing this common respiratory disease, acc... (04/11/2018)
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Nimgaonkar's research sheds light on the risks and causes of schizophrenia 

Nimgaonkar's research sheds light on the risks and causes of schizophrenia

WKSU-FM - No one knows what causes schizophrenia. It’s a devastating mental disorder that affects more than 3 million Americans. And while most people with schizophrenia can be treated, many don’t respond to medications. New research may find ways to help them. HUGEN’s VISHWAJIT NIMGAONKAR heads a t... (04/09/2018)
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Would Americans accept putting health care on a budget? 

Would Americans accept putting health care on a budget?

NEW YORK TIMES - The intuitive appeal of such a system is growing, and it’s getting a test in Maryland. However, capping hospital spending raises concerns about harming quality and access. Hospital executives and patient advocates might strongly resist spending constraints. A study by HPM's ERIC RO... (04/09/2018)
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Goldstein on memories of the EPA’s most tumultuous era. But there’s a key difference now 

Goldstein on memories of the EPA’s most tumultuous era. But there’s a key difference now

THE WASHINGTON POST - Observers of both the Reagan administration and the current one say there are several reasons to think Pruitt may not share Gorsuch’s fate. Reagan appears to have made a calculation that he needed to tack to the political center on the environment later in his first term, and ... (04/09/2018)
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Parker praises Personal Genetics Education Project 

Parker praises Personal Genetics Education Project

GENOME - "The project [tries to] present that there's a blending of genetics and environmental factors responsible for most anything we care about," HUGEN'S LISA PARKER says of the fact that the project aims to see a broader picture of how genes and environment can interact.  (04/05/2018)
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