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70th Anniversary Celebration and Alumni Reunion


This year, we're celebrating 70 years of Pitt Public Health by looking not just at our history (although we have a few things to brag about) but by hailing the future of public health education, practice, and research at Pitt Public Health. 

On March 16-17, we hosted a couple hundred of our alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends for a 70th Anniversary and our second-ever all classes reunion. Outstanding practitioners, researchers, scientists, policy-makers, educators, and though-leaders proudly celebrated 70 years of public health leadership while talking about the great work our alumni are doing here in Pittsburgh and around the globe, and anticipating the contributions our students, faculty, and future alumni are accomplishing every day. 


Friday, March 16 

7:30–10 a.m. Alumni-Student Networking Breakfast

10:30–Noon Research and Practice Showcase

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1:30–2:45 p.m. 70th Anniversary Rededication and Keynote Lecture

Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Satcher, 16th Surgeon General of the United States and former director of the Centers for Disease Control

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2:45–3:30 p.m. Reception and Touring

5:30–9 p.m. Alumni Awards and Recognition Dinner
Annual celebration of alumni achievement and recognition of alumni celebrating 25th and 50th reunions. 

Saturday, March 17

8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30-10:30 a.m. Session 1: The Salk Legacy 

Hear personal accounts from Peter Salk, son of Jonas Salk, on polio vaccine development, other research, and the 21st century work to move his vision forward.

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Session 2: Local Impact Panel

A faculty and alumni panel will highlight our impact on local communities, touching on areas of LGBT health, health disparities, and community health.

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10:30–11 a.m. Break

11 a.m.–Noon Session 3: The Opioid Crisis

This session features experts from across the public health disciplines discussing the opioid epidemic research, modeling, challenges, and responses. Moderated by Dean Donald S. Burke.

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Session 4: Global Impact Panel

Focusing on the broad spectrum of global health, faculty and alumni focus on areas including research, epidemic response, and community interventions.

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Noon–2 p.m. Lunch

Discuss the topics of the morning, enjoy lunch, and participate in a service activity with a local Pitt Public Health partner.

Career Services “Office Hours”  Public Health Commons
Meet the staff of the school’s Career Services Office to learn about alumni services available and opportunities to mentor current students.

Public Health Building Tours
Tours begin in the Public Health Commons at 12:30, 1:00, and 1:30 p.m.
See the recently completed Public Health renovations and the Research Pavilion.

Virgil Cantini: The Artist in Public  Pitt Public Health Auditorium (G23)
This 10-minute film examining the public art of the famed muralist and sculptor— including the iconic scientific Man on the façade of Pitt Public Health. Highlights include a charming 1968 interview of the artist on one of the first episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Filmmaker Will Zavala, associate professor, Pittsburgh Filmmakers/PCA..  View film online

Service Activity with the Allegheny County Health Department
Public Health Commons 
Assemble safe sex kits to be given out as part of the condom distribution program. Learn more about this program, meet fellow alumni, and give back to the community.

2–4 p.m. Open Houses and Workshops

BaFa’ BaFa’: A Cross-Cultural Simulation
Pitt Public Health A215 & A216

Explore cultural differences, practice interacting within them, and discuss ways they affect yourself and others. Pre-registration is requested.

4 p.m.–Evening Class Reunions and Pittsburgh Activities
Enjoy your time back in Pittsburgh with family and friends! 

Activities and locations are subject to change.

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Celebrate 70: The Salk Legacy (Video) 

Celebrate 70: The Salk Legacy (Video)

“[Jonas Salk] had no idea what was going to come out of this experiment. He was just terrified that it wasn’t going to turn out to work, but it did,” said Peter Salk of his father's early tests of the first polio vaccines. Jonas Salk developed the first successful polio vaccine while working at Pit... (04/18/2018)

Celebrate 70: Global health impact (Video) 

Celebrate 70: Global health impact (Video)

Faculty and alumni spoke on a panel to highlight the public health impact on global communities, including immigration crises, planetary health, climate change, and the importance of health systems. KELLY SALDANA (BCHS ’01) talked about creating resiliency and figuring out what that means both at t... (04/18/2018)

Celebrate 70: The opioid crisis (Video) 

Celebrate 70: The opioid crisis (Video)

Experts from across public health disciplines discuss opioid epidemic research, intervention strategies, challenges, and steps for the future. “What we have to start to ask is what is it as a culture that we think is the most important part of what drives us, and that shouldn’t be bottom line, it s... (04/18/2018)

70th Anniversary Celebration Keynote 

70th Anniversary Celebration Keynote

Dean DONALD BURKE talks about the history of Pitt Public Health and looks to a future full of continued success of our alumni and faculty. DAVID SATCHER (HON '01), 16th United States Surgeon General, presents the keynote, "Informing and Influencing Public Health Policy and Practice." Satcher is als... (04/18/2018)

Celebrate 70: Local impact panel (Video) 

Celebrate 70: Local impact panel (Video)

“It’s not about doing the cool work. It’s about doing the work that is necessary for that community,” says RUTH MODZELEWSKI (HUGEN '96) in a discussion featuring faculty and alumni about their impact on local communities, including collaboration between the private and public sector, the value of c... (04/16/2018)
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Check the mail or download an invitation and preview program (PDF). 

Celebrate 70 invitation and preview program

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