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The Social Dynamics & Community Health Speaker Series is held once per month usually from 12-1:30 pm in A521 Public Health. See below for specific seminar dates.

Upcoming BCHS Seminars

Thu 9/20/2018 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Social Networks & Health - Kar-Hai Chu, Pitt Center for Research on Media, Technology, & Health
A521 Public Health

Kar-Hai Chu of Pitt's Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health will discuss his use of innovative techniques such as social network analysis (SNA) in exploratory and surveillance studies and interventions including recent work on the marketing and use of electronic cigarettes. 

Previous BCHS Seminars

Seminar Series

Examining the Natural History of the Opioid Epidemic: A Modeling Approach

Tuesday 1/31 12:00PM - 1:30PM
A521 Public Health

The opioid epidemic is responsible for reduced quality of life, decreased productivity, and increased mortality. Since 2000, both opioid prescriptions and opioid-related deaths have quadrupled, and it is estimated that half a million deaths have occurred in the US. As the dynamics of this epidemic are complex and multi-faceted, many agencies are trying to curb its progress; however, it has not slowed down. The purpose of this study is to simulate the “natural” history of this epidemic using a mathematical simulation model. While mathematical models have influenced public health policies for other complex disease patterns, modeling has not been used widely to inform policy related to the opioid epidemic. In this research, we show some of the advantages of using a modeling approach and its potential to inform opioid-related public health policies.

 Hawre Jalal, MD, MSc, PhD
Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management
Assistant Professor, Public Health Dynamics Lab
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

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For information on seminars and events in the department, contact:

Sue Cotter

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