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Meet the Students of Epidemiology

Epidemiology students are making an impact in all areas of public health. Here are a few profiles and some of the latest news about our students.

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Creppage says real-time information about stamp bags could serve as early warning of new illegal drugs

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MEDICAL LIFE SCIENCES NEWS - In two years, fentanyl went from nonexistent to found in more than 1 in 7 stamp bags. This new information "could be used to inform educational campaigns, allocate limited resources and devise prevention strategies," says KATHLEEN CREPPAGE (EPI '18) while EPI's ANTHONY FABIO added that the work "is an important step in developing multi-disciplinary tools to quickly identify current and future sources of new drugs tha... 

Epi students honored with 2017 Iris Marion Young Award for Social Justice

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Congratulations to Pitt Public Health students ABIGAIL R. CARTUS and C. ELIZABETH SHAABAN, given the awards on November 15, 2017, by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies program and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at Pitt. The Young Award honors faculty, staff, and students who work to promote social justice, and recognizes that social activism takes many forms.  

Salcido returns as epidemiology seminar speaker

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Alumnus DAVID SALCIDO (EPI ’08) delivered an epidemiology seminar entitled “Cardiac Arrest, Resuscitation and the Opioid Epidemic.” Since 2006 he has developed interests in cardiac arrest physiology (acute phase), resuscitation device and robotics development, signal analysis, and emergency medicine epidemiology. Current Pitt Public Health students JESSICA SALERNO (IDM '18) and ALLISON KOLLER (EPI '18) collaborate in his ongoing research.  

Meet Mikaela Kosich (EPI '19), Dean's Scholar

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Mikaela Kosich, graduate of Harvey Mudd College, discovered epidemiology was an option just two weeks before graduation, but it wasn’t until she returned home to Mays Landing, NJ, and observed first hand gaps in medical care and inequities in health outcomes that she decided to pursue a career in public health epidemiology. She is confident her education at Pitt Public Health will provide her with a solid foundation.  

Meet Ashley Simenson (EPI '19), Dean's Scholar

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Simeson's interest in public health was first sparked by the documentary The Weight of the Nation . Later she was exposed to a course on the AIDS epidemic and initial responses from public health organizations. She then applied to nine schools and found a home in Pitt's EPI program. “I want to be an infectious disease specialist and conduct research in HIV and STI prevention and treatment,” she says.   

Meet Alyson Harding (EPI '19) Dean's Scholar

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The opportunity to “blend hard science and research with service for the purpose of improving health and living conditions” is what finally drew Alyson Harding to public health. With degrees in anthropology and chemistry and experience working with Habitat for Humanity, she is interested in disaster epidemiology and researching health outcomes of disaster situations. “The biggest reason I chose Pitt Public Health is the amazing culture of the sc... 

EPI students present at 2017 annual meeting of the Society for Pediatric Epidemiologic Research

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Three epidemiology students traveled to Seattle this week to present findings at the 2017 annual meeting of the Society for Pediatric Epidemiologic Research. Pictured below are KYLE FREESE, LARA SIMINERIO LEMON, and TAMALA GONDWE. What was their take-away from the 30th anniversary event? Reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric epidemiology is no longer the “new kid on the block.” 

Epi Gives Back brings Safe Sex Kit assembly to Pitt Public Health commons

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Epi Gives Back, an organization of students, faculty, and staff led by NANCY GLYNN, volunteered to assist the Allegheny County Health Department with assembling Safe Sex Kits for distribution through regional health clinics. ACHD supplied condoms, lubricant, and informational packets for the service project. 

Epi Gives Back collaborates with ACHD to assemble Safe Sex Kits

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Epi Gives Back is a Department of Epidemiology group with a goal of contributing to the Pittsburgh community through volunteer service projects. Students and faculty recently volunteered with the Allegheny County Health Department, packing safe sex kits (comprised of condoms, lubricants, and informational literature) are designed for distribution through local health agencies. For details about upcoming service projects to be held in the Pitt Pub... 

MPH students Cox and Feathers represent the health department at Sci Tech Days

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MPH students ERIN COX (EPI) and ALISON FEATHERS (IDM), along with members of the National Health Corps Pittsburgh, represented the Allegheny County Health Department at the Carnegie Science Center’s annual Sci Tech Days. They presented information about Lyme disease to middle and high school student participants. 

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Andrews Studies Diabetes in Rwanda  

Andrews Studies Diabetes in Rwanda

Haylee Andrews (EPI '17) traveled to Kigali, Rwanda, over the summer to intern with Life for a Child (LFAC) under Professor Trevor Orchard.  (09/08/2016)
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Hemant Mahajan Assesses Hepatitis C Burden  

Hemant Mahajan Assesses Hepatitis C Burden

As a participant in the Allegheny County Health Department’s Pittsburgh Summer Institute (ACHD PSI), Hemant Mahajan (EPI '17) assessed the burden of Hepatitis C in Allegheny County and the increased detection of acute hepatitis C cases and associated major risk factors. (09/08/2016)
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