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 finds daily aspirin does not lower Alzheimer’s risk

NEW YORK TIMES - “If you’re 7...
Newman finds daily aspirin does not lower Alzheimer’s risk

NEW YORK TIMES - “If you’re 70 or older and healthy, without evidence of cardiovascular disease, it’s very difficult to improve on your success. The relatively low risk of dementia in this study was not further lowered with aspirin,” said Anne Newman, study co-author . Nor did they find effect in v... (03/27/2020)

Newman encourages researchers to adapt clinical studies to alleviate impact of pandemic

NEURO NEWS – To minimize disr...
Newman encourages researchers to adapt clinical studies to alleviate impact of pandemic

NEURO NEWS – To minimize disruption and preserve integrity while still ensuring participant health and safety, EPI chair Anne Newman tells JAMA that sustaining ongoing trials could help millions of people realize substantial, durable health benefits that will be important post-pandemic. Therefore, ... (03/26/2020)

What is epidemiology? Kuller explains.

LIVE SCIENCE – Epidemiologist...
What is epidemiology? Kuller explains.

LIVE SCIENCE – Epidemiologists are disease detectives who save lives by studying and preventing the spread of the worst diseases. EPI’s professor emeritus Lewis Kuller was asked to clarify: “Epidemiology is a tool to understand the distribution of disease in populations, and the factors that lead t... (03/25/2020)

Van Panhuis turns rapid Coronavirus data sharing into sustainable research infrastructure

Many of the 300 MIDAS members...
Van Panhuis turns rapid Coronavirus data sharing into sustainable research infrastructure

Many of the 300 MIDAS members are conducting modeling research on COVID-19 and are contributing to an extraordinary international collection of data and information regarding the outbreak. “It’s exciting and gratifying to be able to do something useful to help with this pandemic,” said EPI's Wilber... (03/23/2020)

Burke on how contagious the new coronavirus is compared to flu and SARS

NEWSWEEK - Donald Burke, prof...
Burke on how contagious the new coronavirus is compared to flu and SARS

NEWSWEEK - Donald Burke, professor of health science and policy, said he was concerned that the reproduction number (RO) may be higher than originally estimated. The U.S. case count has been increasing exponentially. If the time between successive cases in the chain of transmission is four days, th... (03/20/2020)

 

Fri
4/10
Epidemiology Dissertation Defense
Mary Winger - Asso. betwn. muscle function, physical performance, and falls in older adults ONLINE Epidemiology Dissertation Defense
Mary Winger - Asso. betwn. muscle function, physical performance, and falls in older adults ONLINE
Fri 4/10 2:00PM - 4:00PM


Epidemiology doctoral candidate Mary Winger defends her dissertation "The Association Between Muscle Function, Physical Performance, and Falls and Fall Injuries in Older Adults." This defense will take place virtually using Zoom.

Mon
4/13
Epidemiology Journal Club
CVD Epi Journal Club - ONLINE Epidemiology Journal Club
CVD Epi Journal Club - ONLINE
Mon 4/13 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.

Wed
4/15
Epidemiology Dissertation Defense
Curtis Tilves - Impacts of Adipose Tissue & Gut Microbiome on Diabetes Risk in African-Caribbean Men Epidemiology Dissertation Defense
Curtis Tilves - Impacts of Adipose Tissue & Gut Microbiome on Diabetes Risk in African-Caribbean Men
Wed 4/15 12:00PM - 2:00PM


Epidemiology doctoral candidate Curtis Tilves will defend his dissertation "The Impacts of Adipose Tissue and the Gut Microbiome on Diabetes Risk Among African-Caribbean Men."  This defense will take place virtually using Zoom. 

Thu
4/16
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Grand Rounds CANCELED - Kim Sutton-Tyrrell Memorial Lecture featuring Samar R. El KhoudaryGrand Rounds CANCELED - Kim Sutton-Tyrrell Memorial Lecture featuring Samar R. El Khoudary Epidemiology Seminar Series
CANCELED - Kim Sutton-Tyrrell Memorial Lecture featuring Samar R. El Khoudary
Thu 4/16 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Established in memory of Kim Sutton Tyrrell (EPI '83 '86), this year's lecture will feature Samar R. El Khoudary (EPI '08), associate professor of epidemiology at Pitt Public Health. 

Fri
4/17
Epidemiology Journal Club
Epidemiological Methods Journal Club - ONLINE Epidemiology Journal Club
Epidemiological Methods Journal Club - ONLINE
Fri 4/17 2:00PM - 3:00PM


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