The Department of Epidemiology of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health is leading research and prevention activities that impact public health by training students to evaluate and respond to important public health issues in aging and chronic disease prevention, reproductive health, environmental health, and infectious diseases.

The program provides a strong foundation in epidemiology, which is a core discipline in public health. Our epidemiology graduate programs incorporate into the teaching program activities that provide a practical and clinically relevant educational experience that is based on a foundation of research excellence.. Students take a series of core courses in epidemiology and public health, and may choose to focus on one of several Areas of Emphasis. Faculty in each of these areas direct major research programs and training grants that provide excellent opportunities for student research and field training.

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Pitt Public Health faculty members conduct small and large observational studies and clinical trials of problems that have major impact on the health of populations, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, premature birth, and injury. Faculty members may also lead field centers or coordinating centers for multicenter national and international observational studies and clinical trials.

Major areas of emphasis include...

  • Aging
  • Applied public health
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular and diabetes
  • Clinical trials and methods
  • Environmental
  • Global health
  • Infectious disease
  • Injury prevention
  • Molecular and genetic
  • Population neuroscience
  • Obesity and nutritional
  • Prevention, lifestyle and physical activity
  • Psychiatric
  • Reproductive, perinatal and pediatric
  • Women’s health

 

Newman on why Ruth Bader Ginsburg Maintains Busy Public Life

U.S. NEWS - It's reasonable f...
Newman on why Ruth Bader Ginsburg Maintains Busy Public Life

U.S. NEWS - It's reasonable for Ginsburg's fans to wonder if she should be taking it easy if her goal is to outlast the current administration? EPI's Anne Newman says, "She's definitely from the use-it-or-lose-it school," adding that research evidence suggests that “periods of rest, stopping, or te... (12/17/2019)

Mendez on addressing Pittsburgh's public health crisis: racism

90.5 WESA - The report brough...
Mendez on addressing Pittsburgh's public health crisis: racism

90.5 WESA - The report brought attention to issues that already existed, says EPI's Dara Mendez. She made recommendations to Pittsburgh City Council at a hearing earlier this month about how to frame legislation passed Tuesday. To address these inequalities correctly, Mendez says that the women who... (12/17/2019)

Washington to speak in Philly

Raynard Washington (EPI '09, ...
Washington to speak in Philly

Raynard Washington (EPI '09, '12) is the chief epidemiologist at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. In this role, Washington is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data that provides actionable information on the health status of Philadelphia residents. He coordinates... (12/17/2019)

Mendez addresses contributing factors to the racial inequalities in pregnancy, birth, and women's health

NEW PITTSBURGH COURIER - The ...
Mendez addresses contributing factors to the racial inequalities in pregnancy, birth, and women's health

NEW PITTSBURGH COURIER - The CDC also found that about 3 out of 5 pregnancy and childbirth-related deaths are preventable. The work of Dara Mendez examines how the environment, policies, and systems affect pregnancy outcomes. "If we’re trying to center the experiences of the most marginalized, then... (12/12/2019)

EPI's Meg Carr awarded Goldstein scholarship for work on Hepatitis C surveillance

MPH student Margaret Carr (EP...
EPI's Meg Carr awarded Goldstein scholarship for work on Hepatitis C surveillance

MPH student Margaret Carr (EPI ‘20) has been awarded the 2019 Bernard D. Goldstein Student Award in Environmental Health Disparities and Public Health Practice in recognition of her project, "Hepatitis C Surveillance at Allegheny County Health Department". In the award citation, CPHP Director Wendy... (12/12/2019)

 

Thu
1/23
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Donald S. Burke - Computational Modeling of Drug Overdose Deaths Epidemiology Seminar Series
Donald S. Burke - Computational Modeling of Drug Overdose Deaths
Thu 1/23 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Computational Modeling of Drug Overdose Deaths

Donald S. Burke, MD
Distinguished University Professor of Health Science and Policy, Epidemiology; Jonas Salk Chair in Population Health, Epidemiology; Member, Public Health Dynamics Lab; Dean Emeritus, Graduate School of Public Health

Mon
1/27
Epidemiology Journal Club
CVD Epi Journal Club Epidemiology Journal Club
CVD Epi Journal Club
Mon 1/27 3:00PM - 4:30PM
A521 Public Health

The CVD Epidemiology journal club is a forum for scientific interaction between CVD Epidemiology training program students, collaborating faculty and other students with interest in CVD Epidemiology.

Thu
1/30
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Stephen R. Lord - Fall Risk Factors and Intervention Strategies in Older Adults: Recent Findings ... Epidemiology Seminar Series
Stephen R. Lord - Fall Risk Factors and Intervention Strategies in Older Adults: Recent Findings ...
Thu 1/30 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Fall Risk Factors and Intervention Strategies in Older Adults: Recent Findings from Neuroscience Research Australia

Stephen R. Lord, PhD, DSc
Senior Principal Research Fellow, NHMRC; Scientia Professor, UNSW; Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA)

Fri
1/31
Epidemiology Journal Club
Epidemiological Methods Journal Club Epidemiology Journal Club
Epidemiological Methods Journal Club
Fri 1/31 2:00PM - 3:00PM
5140 Public Health, Burke Seminar Room

The Epidemiological Methods Journal Club meets bi-weekly to discuss papers related to the foundations of the causal inference framework and new epidemiologic methods.

Thu
2/6
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Kathleen M. McTigue - Epidemiology Seminar Epidemiology Seminar Series
Kathleen M. McTigue - Epidemiology Seminar
Thu 2/6 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Title: TBD

Kathleen M. McTigue, MD, MPH, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology; Director, Clinical Scientist Track, Internal Medicine Residency; Associate Director for Research, International Scholars Track, Internal Medicine Residency, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine