Faculty and doctoral program student collaborations in artificial intelligence uncover a new approach to controlling hospital infection outbreaks

Pictured above: Alexander Sundermann, clinical research coordinator and Epidemiology doctoral student, and Dr. Lee Harrison, Associate Chief of Epidemiology and Education, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, and Head of the Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Research Unit

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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
  • Obesity and nutritional
  • Population neuroscience
  • Prevention, lifestyle and physical activity
  • Psychiatric
  • Reproductive, perinatal and pediatric
  • Social epidemiology and health equity
  • Women’s health

 

Singh: 2021 Early Career Excellence Award

Tushar Singh (EPI '14) awarde...
Singh: 2021 Early Career Excellence Award

Tushar Singh (EPI '14) awarded 2021 Early Career Excellence Award in recognition of significant achievements early in an alumnus or alumna's career.  (11/30/2021)

In most ways, women age better than men and live longer. Scientists are trying to figure out why.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER – EPI’s...
In most ways, women age better than men and live longer. Scientists are trying to figure out why.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER – EPI’s Anne B. Newman added that women are more prone to arthritis, which causes disability. Everyone loses muscle mass with age, and women start out with weaker muscles and a higher percentage of body fat. Women are also more prone to osteoporosis after menopause, and that p... (11/29/2021)

Sundermann discusses collaborative paper on artificial intelligence and disease prediction

KDKA RADIO – Alex Sundermann ...
Sundermann discusses collaborative paper on artificial intelligence and disease prediction

KDKA RADIO – Alex Sundermann (IDM ‘14, EPI ‘22) explains that one in thirty patients gets at least one health care-associated infection – one acquired while in the hospital. “Typical tests see what type of organism it is but that test doesn’t tell you, was it transmitted from a patient or from some... (11/22/2021)

The U.S. Is Relying On Other Countries' Data To Make Its Booster Shot Decisions

FIVETHIRTYEIGHT - Misinformat...
The U.S. Is Relying On Other Countries' Data To Make Its Booster Shot Decisions

FIVETHIRTYEIGHT - Misinformation and news overload also contribute to the confusion, said EPI’s Lee Harrison. “For a lot of laypeople, it’s very difficult to know, ‘What source should I be using?’ And it’s even more difficult when you have all this misinformation trying to intentionally misguide pe... (11/15/2021)

Ganguli op-ed: Masking still makes sense for vaccinated individuals

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - In ...
Ganguli op-ed: Masking still makes sense for vaccinated individuals

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - In a recent Op-Ed from Mary Ganguli (EPI '87) says, "We all know there’s just too much information out there: some of it changing over time, some of it well-intended but misguided and some of it deliberate misinformation. It can be confusing and overwhelming. As a medical ... (11/08/2021)