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Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology, from Anne B. Newman, MD, MPH ...

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Areas of Emphasis

Faculty members in each of the sixteen areas offer major research and/or community service programs that provide excellent facilities for student research and field training.

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Epidemiology Seminar

The Fall 2017 schedule is now available…

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Epidemiology Graduate Programs

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 activites 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.

Find a research program for your interests

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 Epidemiology
  • Applied Public Health Epidemiology
  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular and Diabetes Epidemiology
  • Clinical Trials & Methods
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Global Health Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Injury Prevention Epidemiology
  • Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology
  • Neuroepidemiology
  • Obesity and Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Prevention, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Epidemiology
  • Psychiatric Epidemiology
  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology
  • Women’s Health Epidemiology

Pursue a career in epidemiology

Graduates of Pitt Public Health pursue epidemiology careers in three main areas:
  • Academic epidemiologists work in universities or other research institutes, such as RAND Corporation. They design research studies to answer important questions about risk factors and outcomes. In the university setting, faculty epidemiologists teach courses in epidemiologic methods and mentor master’s and doctoral students working on research projects.
  • Public health practice epidemiologists may conduct surveys, monitor the rise or fall in health outcomes through epidemiologic surveillance and designing and executing interventions to impact public health.
  • Health care epidemiologists work in the health care setting to track medical treatments and outcomes and design interventions to improve outcomes.

Degrees

Five graduate epidemiology programs are available at Pitt Public Health:

 

Fabio's research on gun ownership cited in New York Times

NEW YORK TIMES - Research by E...
Fabio's research on gun ownership cited in New York Times

NEW YORK TIMES - Research by Epi's TONY FABIO, was cited by op-ed columnist Bret Stephen's piece "Repeal the Second Amendment." Fabio's study, published in 2016 in the journal Social Medicine, analyzed the guns recovered by Pittsburgh Police and found that the vast majority were not carried by their... (10/16/2017)

Thurston finds just three awful events is all it takes for a woman to end up with heart disease

DAILY MAIL, UK - This study, l...
Thurston finds just three awful events is all it takes for a woman to end up with heart disease

DAILY MAIL, UK - This study, led by EPI’s REBECCA THURSTON, is one of the first of its kind to assess the impact of trauma on heart disease risk. She said, “These findings underscore the importance of psychosocial factors, such as trauma exposure, in the development of heart disease risk in midlife ... (10/11/2017)

Kuller comments on why hypertension-linked dementia may impact more women than men

It is known that high blo...
Kuller comments on why hypertension-linked dementia may impact more women than men

It is known that high blood pressure in one’s 50s puts a person at risk for dementia in later life. It's now know that hypertension in the 30s and 40s has a similar effect, but only in women. LEWIS KULLER, epidemiology professor emeritus, talks about why this unexpected research finding might ... (10/05/2017)

Salcido returns as epidemiology seminar speaker

Alumnus DAVID SALCIDO (EPI ’08...
Salcido returns as epidemiology seminar speaker

Alumnus DAVID SALCIDO (EPI ’08) was guest lecturer for the September 21, 2017, epidemiology seminar with a talk titled “Cardiac Arrest, Resuscitation and the Opioid Epidemic.” He began his resuscitation research work in 2006. Since then he has developed interests in cardiac arrest physiology (acute ... (09/21/2017)

Glynn finds small increases in physical activity reduce immobility, disability risks in older adults

TUFTS NOW - Adding 48 minutes ...
Glynn finds small increases in physical activity reduce immobility, disability risks in older adults

TUFTS NOW - Adding 48 minutes of moderate exercise per week is associated with improvements in overall physical functioning and decreases in risks of immobility in older adults who are sedentary, finds a new study assisted by author NANCY GLYNN, epidemiology researcher with the Center for Aging and ... (09/12/2017)

 

Thu
10/26
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Epidemiology Seminar - Julie Downs, PhD Epidemiology Seminar Series
Epidemiology Seminar - Julie Downs, PhD
Thu 10/26 11:45AM - 11:50AM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)


Thu
10/26
Epidemiology Event
Special Seminar - P Jeemon, MPH, PhD Epidemiology Event
Special Seminar - P Jeemon, MPH, PhD
Thu 10/26 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Public Health A521

Dr. Jeemon’s current research projects include:
2015-2020: Principal Investigator: A family based RCT on lifestyle interventions. Funded by the Wellcome Trust - Division of Biotechnology.
2015-2020: Co-principal Investigator: A worksite-based lifestyle program for reducing diabetes and cardiovascular disease in India. Funded by US National Institutes of Health.
2016-2018:  Co-investigator: Population Prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency in Urban and Rural Delhi and its Association with Cardiovascular Disease Risk factors. Funded by Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
2016-2018: Principal Investigator: The Kerala Diabetes Prevention Programme. Funded by World Diabetes Federation.
2012-2018: Role-Co-investigator: DISHA Study-Diet and lifestyle interventions for hypertension risk reduction through anganwadi workers and accredited social health activists. Funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research.
2014-2017: Co-investigator (India): Enhanced integration of primary and secondary health systems and patient empowerment through improved continuity of patient care and clinical handover. Funded by Medical Research Council UK.
2014-2017: Principal Investigator: Factors influencing recruitment in public health studies in India. Funded by the Public Health Leadership and Implementation Academy.

Mon
10/30
Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club
Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Journal Club Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club
Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Journal Club
Mon 10/30 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Public Health A521

The focus of this journal club will continue to be the presentation of research being conducted by the CVD training grant trainees and faculty collaborating with the URL, as it relates to subclinical cardiovascular disease. This may take the form of practice for overview/comprehensive meetings, preparation for conference talks and/or informal works in progress (WIP) presentations. In addition, we will review published articles related to subclinical cardiovascular disease measure epidemiology and methodology.
Thu
11/2
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Epidemiology Seminar - Miguel Angel Martinez-Gonzalez, MD, PhD, MPH Epidemiology Seminar Series
Epidemiology Seminar - Miguel Angel Martinez-Gonzalez, MD, PhD, MPH
Thu 11/2 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)


Thu
11/2
Epidemiology epiBRAIN Journal Club
epiBRAIN Journal Club Epidemiology epiBRAIN Journal Club
epiBRAIN Journal Club
Thu 11/2 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Public Health A521

For our fall journal club, the eBrain group will continue our examination of the intersection of cerebral small vessel disease and neurodegenerative pathologies with a focus on vascular contributions to Alzheimer’s disease. Journal club meetings are open to anyone with an interest in this topic, regardless of discipline or expertise, and we hope to stimulate multidisciplinary discussion and collaboration.
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