We’re really glad that you’ve decided to join the Pitt Public Health community and look forward to getting to know you better. We hope these virtual events over the summer will provide you plenty of opportunities to connect and get to know your future classmates and colleagues. More events will be scheduled throughout the summer. 

Minimize Collaborative Filmmaking, A Visual Global Health Innovation

A film screening and discussion about a novel, arts-based research method for studying health behaviors.

collaborative filmmakingIncoming students are invited on Wednesday, July 15 at 7 p.m. to join the creators of the collaborative filmmaking method, postdoctoral associate Sara Baumann (BCHS ‘19) and BCHS' Jessie Burke, for a one-hour documentary to learn about the approach. Then view seven short vignettes filmed and created by youth filmmakers from Kanchanpur in far-west Nepal (see trailer here). The films explore a variety of menstrual practices and beliefs, where some practices leave women and girls vulnerable to adverse health outcomes. The girls come from a range of different caste/ethnic and religious backgrounds, and their stories highlight that in one village alone, menstrual practices and motivations can take many forms. A discussion will follow the screening about the method and opportunities for applying it in different contexts.

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Minimize Exploring COVID-19 from a health equity perspective -
Wednesday, July 22, 7 PM

COVID-19 from a health equity perspectiveIncoming students are invited on Wednesday, July 22 at 7 p.m. for an introduction to terms such as health equity, racial health disparities, systemic racism, anti-racism, social determinants of health, inequality, and social justice in relation to population health and health outcomes. In this session the Center for Health Equity (CHE) will provide incoming public health students with foundational definitions for these terms and explore how they operate in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Minimize Semmelweis watch party - Wednesday, July 29, 6:30 PM

Semmelweis watch party at Pitt Public HealthSEMMELWEIS is a new 75-minute music-theater work inspired by the tragic story of nineteenth-century Hungarian obstetrician Ignác Semmelweis (1818-1865), who discovered the cure for a devastating epidemic but could not convince the world of the simple solution, and died alone in an asylum. Semmelweis had been the first to see an unthinkable truth: that the deadly disease was passing from the bodies of the dead to healthy mothers on the unwashed hands of the doctors themselves.

SEMMELWEIS explores how everything we think we know can be overturned violently, exploring what it's like to be the first to see into a terrible blind spot and perceive a truth too awful to believe.  As an outsider—a foreign doctor, living and working in Vienna’s top hospital in a xenophobic era—he fears that no one heard, that the answer may die with him. What is it to hold an earth-shattering insight, and yet be haunted by all the mothers that might not be saved?

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Meet a master's student


Salunke accepted into Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Connecticut 

Salunke accepted into Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Connecticut

Graduating master's student in IDM's community practice track Rajeev Salunke (IDM '20) has been accepted into the internal medicine residency program at the University of Connecticut. Hear directly from Rajeev about his background, his experiences at Pitt Public Health, and his aspirations for the ... (04/28/2020)

Biostats student wins best presentation award 

Biostats student wins best presentation award

Masters student Eli Lovelace (BIOS '20) won the Best Presentation award in local Kaggle Competition using the web-based data repository. The Pittsburgh Data Science Meetup Group hosted a Kaggle Competition on February 18, awarding prizes in two categories: most accurate model and best presentation.... (03/13/2020)

IDM's Kyle-Lion and McCreavy selected as Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows 

IDM's Kyle-Lion and McCreavy selected as Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows

Congratulations to Gabrielle Kyle-Lion (IDM '21) and Claire McCreavy (IDM '21), two MPH students in the infectious disease management, intervention, and community practice track who selected as 2020-21 Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows. Working with the Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh, their project w... (04/08/2020)
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Maximize Town Hall - Monday, June 15, 5:30 PM

Maximize Global Health Jeopardy - Wednesday, June 17, 7 PM

Maximize Cookie bake - Wednesday, June 24, 7 PM

Minimize Brain Games - Wednesday, July 1, 7 PM

Question: What’s an Awesome Way to Spend an Evening?
Answer: Pitt Public Health Brain Games Zoom!

Brain Games!Incoming students gathered online on Wednesday, July 1 at 7 p.m. for an evening of fun and games to meet future colleagues and challenge each other to a friendly game of trivia. 

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Minimize Intro to The Pittsburgh Pierogi - Wednesday, July 8, 8 PM

You had me at pierogis!Pittsburgh's famous pierogi tradition

Join fellow incoming students on Wednesday, July 8 at 8 p.m. in learning to make this scrumptious culinary delight.  Follow along with Shannon Daly, founder and content creator of the social media platform, PittsburghPlates, as she takes us step by step through the pierogi-making process and discusses why this delicacy has become a Pittsburgh tradition.  

In the meantime, get your ingredients, consider making your dough ahead of time, and check out Pittsburgh Plates on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and learn more about Shannon's book, Pittsburgh Food Crawls

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Maximize Pierogi dough and filling recipes (click to view)