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Pitt Public Health Graduate Receives Prestigious National Scholarship

Eight University of Pittsburgh students and one 2013 Pitt graduate will study abroad as award recipients in two prestigious national scholarship programs designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language skills. Between them, they will learn Hindi, Mandarin, Persian, Turkish, and Swahili. 

BCHS Professor Ron Stall's research on gay men and resilience was recently highlighted in a Huffington Post piece reflecting on the survivors of the HIV generation.

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Brooks Receives the 2012 Craig Award for Excellence in Teaching

Maria Brooks, associate professor in the epidemiology department has been awarded the 2013 James L. Craig Award for Teaching Excellence for her exceptional service in and outside of the classroom, encouraging learning and professional growth of all of her students and advisees, ensuring that classroom content is meaningful and relevant, well thought out and organized, as well as being able to teach and convey concepts in the complex area of epide... 

Jessica Burke Discusses Disparities on Infant Mortality Rates Among Minorities

Watch Jessica Burke on a special episode of Horizons where she discusses disparities on infant mortality rates among minorities. 

Pittsburgh Epidemiologists Release Book on the "Silver Tsunami"

The average age of the world’s population is increasing at an unprecedented rate and this increase is changing the world. This “Silver tsunami” emphasizes the need to provide advanced training in epidemiology and increase the cadre of experts in the study of aging. 

Many Stressors Associated With Fracking Due to Perceived Lack of Transparency and Trust, Pitt Finds

Pennsylvania residents living near unconventional natural gas developments using hydraulic fracturing, known by the slang term “fracking,” attribute several dozen health concerns and stressors to the Marcellus Shale developments in their area, according to a long-term analysis by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researchers. 

Dr. Yuting Zhang Invited to Present at the Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China

Dr. Zhang will visit Huazhong University of Science and Technology between June 20 and June 28 in Wuhan China. She will present her research work to faculty members and students at Huazhong University and will discuss collaborations with faculty members in the School of Medicine and Health Management at Tongji Medical College. 

Dean's Day Competition 2013

Congratulations to the winners and presenters of the 2013 Dean’s Day competition! 

Pitt Researchers Plan CFAR Application for 2013

On December 18, 2012, twelve HIV-AIDS researchers from the University of Pittsburgh established a Pitt CFAR Planning Working Group (PCPWG) to prepare an application to the NIH for a CFAR. Such designation would allow the University to build on its 30 year history of HIV-AIDS research. It was agreed we will proceed with the development of a regular CFAR proposal for submission June, 2013. 

Mirta Roses Periago Delivers 2013 Pitt Public Health Convocation Address

Shaping Public Health Through 2050 

Maria Brooks to Receive the 2013 Craig Award for Teaching Excellence

Maria Brooks, associate professor of epidemiology, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the James L. Craig Award for Teaching Excellence. 

Student selected to receive McAllister Award for Excellence in Community Research.

Keyonie James, an MPH student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences is this year’s recipient of the Carol L. McAllister Award for Excellence in Community Research. 

How does where you live affect your health, pregnancy and birth?

How does where you live affect your health, pregnancy and birth? Source: New Pittsburgh Courier  

Amy Roberts Health Promotion Research Award

The Amy Roberts Health Promotion Research Award was established to assist young investigators interested in health promotion. 

Healthy Baby, Healthy Start

BCHS Associate Professor Jessica G. Burke was interviewed as part of special episode of Horizons airing on WQED called “Healthy Baby, Healthy Start”. 

2013 Dean's Day Competition Winners

Dean's Day 2013 consisted of six poster sessions April 1-3, with selected participants giving oral presentations of their work during the awards ceremony on April 15. All students that submitted abstracts gave a poster presentation during one of the six sessions. Presentations were scored by faculty judges to determine the winners. 

BCHS MPH Student elected to Pitt's Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG)

Monica Kohli is a first year Masters student in the Graduate School of Public Health in the department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. 

University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Announce Faculty, Staff Achievements

The faculty, staff and students of the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences often are recognized by academic and scientific societies and other prestigious organizations for their significant achievements and exceptional leadership. Among those whose work has been acknowledged recently with awards and accolades are the following: 

Dean Burke Endorses Comprehensive Polio Eradication Strategy

University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Dean Donald S. Burke, M.D., UPMC-Jonas Salk Chair of Global Health, today joined hundreds of scientists, doctors and other experts from around the world to launch the Scientific Declaration on Polio Eradication. 

Is Coal Mining Bad for Your Health?

Jeanine Buchanich, Department of Biostatistics, was featured on the Allegheny Front Radio program. 

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Simenson, Salerno, Saal-Ridpath selected for future health leaders program 

Simenson, Salerno, Saal-Ridpath selected for future health leaders program

PITT WIRE - Three students from Pitt Public Health were selected for the inaugural class of The Milken Institute’s Future Health Leaders Program. The students, ASHLEY SIMENSON (EPI '19), JESSICA SALERNO (IDM '20), and KAITLYN SAAL-RIDPATH (HPM '20), are among a dozen of fellows selected nationwid... (10/18/2018)
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Aging Institute leadership marches on 

Aging Institute leadership marches on

PITT WIRE - Baby boomers have long been known as one of the largest generations, and now they are living longer and healthier than any generation before, says Epi's ANNE NEWMAN, newly appointed clinical director of the Aging Institute of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh. “We’re going through a... (10/09/2018)
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YNGBLKPGH. What does Pittsburgh mean to 140 young black professionals? 

YNGBLKPGH. What does Pittsburgh mean to 140 young black professionals?

PITTWIRE -   Pitt alum Brian Burley (BUS ’13G) continues to highlight young black leaders and create community ties through his www.YngBlkPgh.com site. This social enterprise started with his book “YNGBLKPGH” (Young Black Pittsburgh) which features more than 140 African-American professionals und... (07/23/2018)


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Pittsburgh finds current liver allocation system disadvantages children awaiting liver transplants 

Pittsburgh finds current liver allocation system disadvantages children awaiting liver transplants

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Children are at a considerable disadvantage when competing with adults for livers from deceased organ donors in the U.S. allocation system. “Using national, long-term data, our report is the first to demonstrate that the scoring system, on its own, dramatically underestimates ... (09/24/2018)
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Changing dynamics of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States from 1979 through 2016 

Changing dynamics of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States from 1979 through 2016

SCIENCE - In an effort to understand the epidemic dynamics and perhaps predict its future course, Pitt Public Health researchers analyzed records of nearly 600,000 overdose deaths. Dean DONALD BURKE, HPM's HAWRE JALAL, and colleagues concluded that the U.S. drug overdose epidemic has been inexorabl... (09/21/2018)
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Buchanich Finds 70K Opioid-Related Deaths Likely Went Unreported 

Buchanich Finds 70K Opioid-Related Deaths Likely Went Unreported

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Several states are likely dramatically underestimating the effect of opioid-related deaths because of incomplete death certificate reporting, with Pennsylvania leading the pack, according to a new analysis by Pitt Public Health. “Proper allocation of resources for the opioid e... (07/19/2018)
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