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Dr. Lisa Bodnar Receives Outstanding Alumnus Award

The award will be presented at a ceremony on Friday, April 28 ...

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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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March Newsletter

The March issue of the Epidemiology Newsletter is now available online…

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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:

 

Dorman receives nursing Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award

It was announced today that al...
Dorman receives nursing Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award

It was announced today that alumna JANICE SCULLY DORMAN (HUGEN ’81, EPI ’83) is the recipient of the Pitt School of Nursing 2017 Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award for tenured faculty. Dorman has taught classes at that school (and at Pitt Public Health) for 30 years, focusing primarily on molecular... (06/26/2017)

EPI students present at 2017 annual meeting of the Society for Pediatric Epidemiologic Research

Three epidemiology students tr...
EPI students present at 2017 annual meeting of the Society for Pediatric Epidemiologic Research

Three epidemiology students traveled to Seattle this week to present findings at the 2017 annual meeting of the Society for Pediatric Epidemiologic Research. Pictured below are KYLE FREESE, LARA SIMINERIO LEMON, and TAMALA GONDWE. What was their take-away from the 30th anniversary event? Reproductiv... (06/23/2017)

Pandav honored for work with the WHO in TImor-Leste

Alumnus RAJESH PANDAV (EPI ’01...
Pandav honored for work with the WHO in TImor-Leste

Alumnus RAJESH PANDAV (EPI ’01) has now completed two years as the World Health Organization’s country representative to East Timor. Along with updates on his accomplishments, Pandav sent in a nice shout-out to his mentors at Pitt: “All this has been possible because of the excellent education I re... (06/20/2017)

Buchanich and Burke on fatal ODs across Pa.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER ...
Buchanich and Burke on fatal ODs across Pa.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER - “For the first time in Allegheny County, fentanyl was found in more people than heroin,” said Pitt Public Health epidemiologist JEANINE BUCHANICH. There appear to be two distinct epidemics in Pennsylvania, said DONALD BURKE. Southeastern Pennsylvania historically ha... (06/08/2017)

Alumna Lo-Cignic working to identify individuals at risk of inappropriate prescription opioid use

KVOA NEWS 4 - New prediction t...
Alumna Lo-Cignic working to identify individuals at risk of inappropriate prescription opioid use

KVOA NEWS 4 - New prediction tools to identify patients at risk of inappropriate prescription opioid use, while allowing safe administration of legitimate pain management are being developed by alumna WEI-HSUAN JENNY LO-CIGANIC (BIOST '10, EPI '05), now an assistant professor with the University of ... (06/07/2017)
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