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

 

O'Neal Summons Satan for Starring Role

PITTWIRE - Pitt Public Health...
O'Neal Summons Satan for Starring Role

PITTWIRE - Pitt Public Health staff member Scott O'Neal recently took center stage to sing the title role in the world premiere of "Satan's Fall," composed by Steward Copeland, founder of the iconic New Wave band The Police. The metal opera, based on "Paradise Lost", was co-commissioned by the Mend... (02/24/2020)

King confirms relapse is common for bariatric surgery patients who quit smoking

NEWS-MEDICAL – “Smoking cessa...
King confirms relapse is common for bariatric surgery patients who quit smoking

NEWS-MEDICAL – “Smoking cessation prior to surgery is strongly recommended to reduce surgical complications. But there isn't the same emphasis on maintaining cessation after surgery. Our findings show that there is a need for ongoing support in order to reduce and quickly respond to relapses," says... (02/23/2020)

Thurston on why your hot flashes may put you at risk for heart disease

CAPE COD HEALTH NEWS - Women ...
Thurston on why your hot flashes may put you at risk for heart disease

CAPE COD HEALTH NEWS - Women who reported more persistent hot flashes over the course of the menopausal transition were associated with an 80 percent increased risk for cardiovascular disease events. EPI's Rebecca Thurston, lead investigator on a study of more than 3,000 women for 20 years, called ... (02/12/2020)

Samargandy and El Khoudary find that running can help aging women at increased risk of heart disease

RUNNER’S WORLD – New research...
Samargandy and El Khoudary find that running can help aging women at increased risk of heart disease

RUNNER’S WORLD – New research adds to growing evidence that the menopause transition is a critical stage for the acceleration of cardiovascular disease risk, according to lead author and epidemiology doctoral student Saad Samargandy. Senior author and associate epidemiology professor Samar El Khoud... (02/12/2020)

Mertz joins Pitt experts to dispel myths about Coronavirus

KDKA – During the information...
Mertz joins Pitt experts to dispel myths about Coronavirus

KDKA – During the information session, Kristen Mertz, assistant professor of epidemiology and medical epidemiologist at the Allegheny County Health Department, highlighted more aggressive measures currently in place to prevent spreading the disease. “Those are really the travel ban for foreign nati... (02/12/2020)

 

Thu
2/27
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Melissa A. Somma McGivney and John S. Maier - Community Engagement Activities at the University...Melissa A. Somma McGivney and John S. Maier - Community Engagement Activities at the University... Epidemiology Seminar Series
Melissa A. Somma McGivney and John S. Maier - Community Engagement Activities at the University...
Thu 2/27 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Community Engagement Activities at the University of Pittsburgh: Update on Current Activities and Discussion of Opportunities

Melissa A. Somma McGivney, PharmD, FCCP, FAPhA
Professor and Associate Dean for Community Partnerships, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy; Co-Chair, Health and Wellness Task Force, University of Pittsburgh Community Engagement Centers

John S. Maier, MD, PhD
Director of Research & Development, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine; Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Co-Chair, Health and Wellness Task Force, University of Pittsburgh Community Engagement Centers

Fri
2/28
Epidemiology Journal Club
Epidemiological Methods Journal Club Epidemiology Journal Club
Epidemiological Methods Journal Club
Fri 2/28 2:00PM - 3:00PM
5140 Public Health, Burke Seminar Room

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

Thu
3/5
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Andrew D. Althouse - The Truth About Covariate Adjustment in Randomized Controlled Trials Epidemiology Seminar Series
Andrew D. Althouse - The Truth About Covariate Adjustment in Randomized Controlled Trials
Thu 3/5 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

The Truth About Covariate Adjustment in Randomized Controlled Trials

Andrew D. Althouse, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine; Center for Research on Health Care Data Center (CRHC-DC); Center for Clinical Trials and Data Coordination (CCDC), University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Fri
3/6
Epidemiology epiBRAIN Journal Club
epiBRAIN Journal Club Epidemiology epiBRAIN Journal Club
epiBRAIN Journal Club
Fri 3/6 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A215 Public Health

The Epidemiology of Brain Resilience in Aging (e-BRAIN) program and the Claude D. Pepper Center at the University of Pittsburgh sponsor the epiBRAIN Journal Club.

Mon
3/16
Epidemiology Journal Club
CVD Epi Journal Club Epidemiology Journal Club
CVD Epi Journal Club
Mon 3/16 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.