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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

 

Kamboh co-PI on $10.7M for Alzheimer's Disease Genetic Research

UPMC - A new project with Was...
Kamboh co-PI on $10.7M for Alzheimer's Disease Genetic Research

UPMC - A new project with Washington University School of Medicine funded by the NIH aims to advance Alzheimer's research using whole genome sequencing to address a critical knowledge gap. HUGEN and EPI's Ilyas Kamboh is part of a research team that plans to identify the genetic variants, genes and... (05/06/2021)

Special Report: Dementia wards in PA were ravaged during the pandemic. Nace explains.

POST-GAZETTE - Sixy-seven per...
Special Report: Dementia wards in PA were ravaged during the pandemic. Nace explains.

POST-GAZETTE - Sixy-seven percent of big outbreaks were in personal care and assisted living homes with dementia units. Just keeping infections from dementia wards has been daunting, said David Nace (EPI '95), chief medical officer for UPMC Senior Communities and co-lead of the state's regional col... (05/06/2021)

Althouse: Why Number Needed to Treat Can be Misleading for Vaccines

MEDSCAPE - Andrew Althouse (E...
Althouse: Why Number Needed to Treat Can be Misleading for Vaccines

MEDSCAPE - Andrew Althouse (EPI '13) authored a piece discussing how the "number needed to treat" (NNT) concept is misleading when applied blindly to vaccine trials for COVID-19.  (05/06/2021)

King discusses vaccine hesitancy paper and looking at hesitance by occupation

KDKA AM - "Our hope as public...
King discusses vaccine hesitancy paper and looking at hesitance by occupation

KDKA AM - "Our hope as public health professionals is that overtime, people that are vaccine hesitant now will be willing to take the vaccine [in the future]," said EPI's Wendy King, lead author on a recent paper looking at vaccine hesitancy by occupation.  (05/06/2021)

Newman: Remote Research and Clinical Trial Integrity During and After the Coronavirus Pandemic

JAMA NETWORK - EPI Chair Anne...
Newman: Remote Research and Clinical Trial Integrity During and After the Coronavirus Pandemic

JAMA NETWORK - EPI Chair Anne Newman is co-author on a recent publication evaluating the affect of remote research needs through coronavirus mitigation efforts on clinical trials, finding that reducing unnecessary participant travel may be beneficial but that other factors can compromise the validi... (05/06/2021)