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

 

Identical twin kidney transplants warrant gene sequencing, Jorgensen says

MEDICAL EXPRESS - Researchers...
Identical twin kidney transplants warrant gene sequencing, Jorgensen says

MEDICAL EXPRESS - Researchers including Dana Jorgensen (EPI '14) found that kidney transplants between identical twins have high success rates, but also high rates of immunosuppressant use. About half of patients were on immunosuppresant drugs a year after transplant, but survival rates were about ... (11/05/2019)

El Khoudary, Thurston recognized by North American Menopause Society

EPI's Samar El Khoudary was e...
El Khoudary, Thurston recognized by North American Menopause Society

EPI's Samar El Khoudary was elected as a new NAMS board member and also received a poster prize for work presented during the meeting. El Khoudary is also faculty at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. EPI's Rebecca Thurston was elected 2019-20 President of NAMS. Thurston is also facu... (10/28/2019)

Brent’s findings help high school kids look out for one another

THE LACONIA DAILY SUN - We kn...
Brent’s findings help high school kids look out for one another

THE LACONIA DAILY SUN - We know that human compassion, connection, and kindness can make a difference for someone experiencing emotional distress. Studies now show that mental illness and its consequences affect 25 percent of the U.S. population. Of those, 50 percent develop mental illness by age 1... (10/21/2019)

Boston cites Chang, Kuller, and Matthews study that says optimists live longer

FORBES - As early as 2009, EP...
Boston cites Chang, Kuller, and Matthews study that says optimists live longer

FORBES - As early as 2009, EPI’s Yue-Fang Chang, Karen Matthews, and Lewis Kuller carried out a personality test with 97,253 women that assessed their levels of optimism and pessimism. Researchers compared the top quartile of the most optimistic women with the bottom quartile of the most pessimisti... (10/14/2019)

Bodnar's study seeks to guide maternal weight gain in twin pregnancies

HEALTH NEWS DIGEST - An old a...
Bodnar's study seeks to guide maternal weight gain in twin pregnancies

HEALTH NEWS DIGEST - An old adage urges pregnant women to “eat for two.” So with twins, is it “eat for three?” While that is likely bad advice, when it comes to twin pregnancies, EPI's Lisa Bodnar says, “Twin pregnancies have high rates of complications, so it is important to identify factors that ... (10/14/2019)

 

Thu
11/14
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Marquis Hawkins - The 24-Hour Activity Cycle and Maternal HealthMarquis Hawkins - The 24-Hour Activity Cycle and Maternal Health Epidemiology Seminar Series
Marquis Hawkins - The 24-Hour Activity Cycle and Maternal Health
Thu 11/14 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

The 24-Hour Activity Cycle and Maternal Health

Marquis Hawkins, PhD 
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh GSPH 

Fri
11/15
Epidemiology Journal Club
Epidemiological Methods Journal Club Epidemiology Journal Club
Epidemiological Methods Journal Club
Fri 11/15 1:00PM - 3:00PM
5140 Public Health, Burke Seminar Room

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

Mon
11/18
Epidemiology Social
Final Day to Submit Entries For School-Wide Pie Bake Off Epidemiology Social
Final Day to Submit Entries For School-Wide Pie Bake Off
Mon 11/18


Thu
11/21
Epidemiology Social
Pie Bake Off Submissions Accepted Epidemiology Social
Pie Bake Off Submissions Accepted
Thu 11/21 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Public Health Commons (1st floor)

Thu
11/21
Epidemiology Social
Pie Bake Off Judging Epidemiology Social
Pie Bake Off Judging
Thu 11/21 10:00AM - 10:45AM
Public Health Commons (1st floor)