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Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology, from Anne B. Newman, MD, MPH and Jane A Cauley, DrPH, MPH ...

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Alcohol Screening Tests Fail to Work in RYGB Patients ...

Senior author Dr Wendy C King and her colleagues evaluated 1,472 adults who had undergone RYGB surgery ...

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Epidemiology Seminar

10/25, Molecular Epidemiology of Physical Function in Older Adults, Adam Santanasto

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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.

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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 & 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

 

Turning ideas into transformative action: Pitt Public Health students selected as Future Health Leaders

Complex health issues are eas...
Turning ideas into transformative action: Pitt Public Health students selected as Future Health Leaders

Complex health issues are easy to determine, but finding solutions can be challenging. Three Pitt Public Health students, ASHLEY SIMENSON (EPI ’19), JESSICA SALERNO (IDM ’20), and KAITLYN SAAL-RIDPATH (HPM ’20) were chosen as part of the inaugural class of Future Health Leaders and will present the... (10/18/2018)

Simenson, Salerno, Saal-Ridpath selected for future health leaders program

PITT WIRE - Three students fr...
Simenson, Salerno, Saal-Ridpath selected for future health leaders program

PITT WIRE - Three students from Pitt Public Health were selected for the inaugural class of The Milken Institute’s Future Health Leaders Program. The students, ASHLEY SIMENSON (EPI '19), JESSICA SALERNO (IDM '20), and KAITLYN SAAL-RIDPATH (HPM '20), are among a dozen of fellows selected nationwid... (10/18/2018)

Alcohol screening tests fail to work in RYGB patients

BARIATRIC NEWS - People who u...
Alcohol screening tests fail to work in RYGB patients

BARIATRIC NEWS - People who undergo Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery are at increased risk for alcohol-related problems and common screening tools that help physicians identify patients at high risk for alcohol use disorder fail to work well in this population, according to a new study. EPI's WENDY... (10/17/2018)

Pitt Public Health study identifies modifiable dementia risk factor in older adults

SCIENCE DAILY - New research ...
Pitt Public Health study identifies modifiable dementia risk factor in older adults

SCIENCE DAILY - New research from Pitt Public Health found that arterial stiffness is a good proxy for predicting who will go on to develop dementia. Even minor signs of brain disease were not as telling. Since arterial stiffness can be reduced by antihypertensive drugs, and likely also lifestyle i... (10/17/2018)

Bariatric surgery can reduce risks - but King's study finds it depends how much they can keep off after their operation

DAILY MAIL - Bariatric surger...
Bariatric surgery can reduce risks - but King's study finds it depends how much they can keep off after their operation

DAILY MAIL - Bariatric surgery can reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and death in obese people. But those who gained back 20 percent of weight lost were more than one-third more likely to develop diabetes and two-thirds more likely to have high cholesterol, according to a study lead by WEN... (10/17/2018)

 

Thu
10/25
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Molecular Epidemiology of Physical Function in Older Adults - Adam Santanasto Molecular Epidemiology of Physical Function in Older Adults - Adam Santanasto Epidemiology Seminar Series
Molecular Epidemiology of Physical Function in Older Adults - Adam Santanasto
Thu 10/25 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Adam Santanasto, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology, GSPH, University of Pittsburgh 
Molecular Epidemiology of Physical Function in Older Adults

Thu
10/25
PHDL Conference
Pre-Conference Behavior Modeling Workshop - FRED (a Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dy Pre-Conference Behavior Modeling Workshop - FRED (a Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dy PHDL Conference
Pre-Conference Behavior Modeling Workshop - FRED (a Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dy
Thu 10/25 12:00PM - 5:00PM
1149 Public Health, Foster Conference Room

In this hands-on workshop, learn to use FRED (Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dynamics), a flexible, agent-based modeling platform that can be used to model diverse situations, including infectious diseases, chronic conditions, demographic changes at the population level, and the effects of human behavior. Workshop participants will become familiar with the FRED platform, learn the basics of incorporating and simulating agent behavior in simulation models, and create and run their own behavioral models using FRED Web, an online interface in which FRED models can be designed, run, and analyzed.

FRED can be used to predict outcomes of an epidemic, such as epidemic curves and disease incidence, and is a tool for evaluating interventions, such as school closure, social distancing and changes in vaccination behavior.  Using census-based statistically representative synthetic populations, FRED captures the demographic and geographically heterogeneous characteristics of actual populations, including realistic neighborhood, household, school and workplace social networks.

Fri
10/26
PHDL Conference
Grand Rounds Modeling Social Dynamics & Health Behavior ConferenceGrand Rounds Modeling Social Dynamics & Health Behavior Conference PHDL Conference
Modeling Social Dynamics & Health Behavior Conference
Fri 10/26
University Club - Ballroom A

Presented by Pitt Public Health's Center for Social Dynamics & Community Health and Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, and the Pitt Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Biomedical Modeling Core, this conference will bring together national leaders from across the country to discuss the integration of modeling approaches into the field of behavioral and community health sciences. Through panel discussions and breakout sessions, attendees will learn about existing research, discuss associated challenges and opportunities, and chart a path forward for this emerging field. Registration is required; no cost.

Thu
11/1
Epidemiology Seminar Series
mHealth: Its Use in Weight Management and CV Risk Reduction - Lora BurkemHealth: Its Use in Weight Management and CV Risk Reduction - Lora Burke Epidemiology Seminar Series
mHealth: Its Use in Weight Management and CV Risk Reduction - Lora Burke
Thu 11/1 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Lora Burke, PhD, MPH, FAHA, FAAN
Professor of Epidemiology, Health & Community Systems, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
mHealth: Its Use in Weight Management and CV Risk Reduction

Mon
11/5
Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Journal Club Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Journal Club
Mon 11/5 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.
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