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

 

Pandav provides COVID-19 update on the situation in Timor-Leste

Rajesh Pandav (EPI ‘01) is cu...
Pandav provides COVID-19 update on the situation in Timor-Leste

Rajesh Pandav (EPI ‘01) is currently a WHO representative for the Timor-Leste government. Pandav provided a COVID-19 update on the situation in the island nation, the preparedness and response measures put into place, and addressed continuing challenges in a recent update that was posted to the You... (07/10/2020)

Burke on Allegheny County’s increase in opioid overdose deaths

POST-GAZETTE - “The epidemic ...
Burke on Allegheny County’s increase in opioid overdose deaths

POST-GAZETTE - “The epidemic has a lot of drivers that go deep into society. It’s a combination of the persons who are susceptible to drug use because of unemployment and a sense of despair in many parts of our country,” Dean Emeritus Donald Burke said. And now that the world is in the middle of a ... (07/10/2020)

What the Allegheny County Health Department is doing to address health disparities. An open letter to the community.

NEXT PITTSBURGH - Allegheny C...
What the Allegheny County Health Department is doing to address health disparities. An open letter to the community.

NEXT PITTSBURGH - Allegheny County, like Minneapolis, has substantial racial disparities that impact all of us. Our communities are starkly divided along racial and ethnic lines. With these lines come distinct differences in access to housing, education, transportation and employment. These differe... (07/09/2020)

Masks and Much More: Public Health in the Time of COVID-19

PITTSBURGH CURRENT—"Green is ...
Masks and Much More: Public Health in the Time of COVID-19

PITTSBURGH CURRENT—"Green is associated with 'go,' 'all clear,' 'nothing to worry about'—but during this pandemic, green could not be further from the truth." Doctoral candidate Chantele Mitchell-Miland (EPI '20) and advisor EPI's Dara Mendez explain why we all still need to be vigilant and practic... (07/01/2020)

Q&A: Healthcare Advisory Group members weigh in on COVID-19 questions

EPI Chair Anne Newman and EOH...
Q&A: Healthcare Advisory Group members weigh in on COVID-19 questions

EPI Chair Anne Newman and EOH Chair Sally Wenzel join additional members of the Healthcare Advisory Group for a Q&A focusing on COVID-19. The group, which includes a multifaceted panel of experts in health care, law, medicine, public health, occupational health and safety, infectious diseases and e... (06/29/2020)

 

Fri
7/17
Epidemiology Dissertation Defense
Shiyao Gao: Inpatient Rehab effects on Long-Term Motor, Neuro & Func Outcms on Children w/Severe TBI Epidemiology Dissertation Defense
Shiyao Gao: Inpatient Rehab effects on Long-Term Motor, Neuro & Func Outcms on Children w/Severe TBI
Fri 7/17 3:00PM - 5:00PM


Dissertation title:
"Effects of Inpatient Rehabilitation on Long-Term Motor, Neuropsychological, and Functional Outcomes in Children with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury."

Contact Lori Smith (SmithL@edc.pitt.edu) for Zoom meeting information and password.

Advisor & Committee Chair:
Stephen R. Wisniewski, Epidemiology

Committee:
Anthony Fabio
Sue R. Beers
M. Kathleen Kelly
Bedda L. Rosario, IBM Watson Health, IBM

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Keep up with our faculty initiatives in coronavirus research...


PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs interviews Dr. Wilbert Van Panhuis

West Ranch High School student reporter Madi Marks interviews University of Pittsburgh professor and epidemiologist Dr. Wilbert Van Panhuis on how he's collecting data on the coronavirus and how to combat it for our #SRLAsks series...

watch the PBS NewsHour interview


Pitt Turns Rapid Coronavirus Data Sharing into Sustainable Research Infrastructure

Wilbert van Panhuis, M.D., Ph.D., was scrolling through Twitter over the winter holiday break when he noticed chatter among infectious disease epidemiologists about a new virus infecting people in Wuhan, China...

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Using 'probable' COVID-19 cases and deaths in data helps response, experts say...

Adding “probable” COVID-19 cases and deaths to daily totals of the ongoing pandemic has drawn the ire of critics, including President Donald Trump...

read more from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette

 

COVID-19 Related Resources

Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study

Information and Resources for COVID-19 Modeling Research.

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