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Alumni of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health are making an impact in all areas of public health. Here is a profile of one of our graduates.

Herman Gibb (MPH ’74) is president of Tetra Tech Sciences, headquartered in Arlington, Va. He directs an interdisciplinary group of scientists specializing in risk assessment as a basis for addressing the complex problems that arise in the context of regulatory and legal matters related to health and the environment for national and international companies and governments. Prior to joining the company in 2004, Gibb was senior science advisor, associate director for health, and assistant center director at the National Center for Environmental Assessment of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and was project officer for the EPA’s cooperative agreements with the World Health Organization. Gibb is an epidemiologist and an internationally recognized expert on the health effects of metals and on risk assessment. He was the recipient of the EPA’s Scientific and Technological Achievement Award for his epidemiologic study of chromate production workers and the recipient of the EPA’s Gold Medal for Exceptional Service for his work on the drinking water standard for arsenic. He has a PhD in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University, an MPH in environmental health from Pitt Public Health, and a BS from Pennsylvania State University. Gibb is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and the author of numerous book chapters, journal publications, and government assessment documents.


Dedicated Alumni Inducted into Delta Omega Honor Society in 2014

Three alumni were inducted into Pitt Public Health's Omicron Chapter of Delta Omega at the 2014 Alumni Awards  dinner:  Aaron Mendelsohn (EPI '96), Sean Rinella (EPI 0'10), and Adam Straub (EOH 0'08). “It is an honor to recognize these distinguished alumni for their commitment to advancing public health through research, teaching and community service,” said Donald S. Burke, Pitt Public Health dean and UPMC-Jonas Salk Chair of Global Health. 

Clise Recognized with Alumni Award for Practice

James Clise (EOH ’63) was awarded the Pitt Public Health Alumni Award for Practice on May 17, 2014, at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. 

Rosemarie Ramos (EOH '03, '05)

My positive experience at Pitt Public Health has had a lifelong impact on me as a public health professional. It’s given me the self-confidence to contribute to improvements in population health and health equity.    

DC alumni reception brings together friends and colleagues

Dozens of Pitt Public Health grads from the capital area gathered at Penn Social during the 2017 ASPPH annual meeting, joining Dean Burke and host faculty for hearty conversations and refreshments. If the forecast of snow scared you away, we missed you! Access our photo albums anytime at 

Fabisiak and Brink: Air pollution increases regional health risks

PITTSBURGH TODAY - “PM2.5 is probably the chief concern for the region, mainly because of its contribution from a source as big as the Clairton plant has an effect over a fairly large area,” said EOH associate prof JAMES FABISIAK.... “Everything that’s a risk factor for bad health is showing up high in that area,” said LUANN BRINK, Allegheny County Health Department deputy director and chief epidemiologist (as well as EPI alum and assistant prof)... 

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 community based participatory research, empowering communities with early access to data, and acknowledging the “invisible” Latino community in Pittsbu... 

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