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All seven of our outstanding departments boast a diverse faculty with cutting-edge research interests, broad involvement in public health practice, and a commitment to teaching and mentoring. Meeting these esteemed faculty members is not just an expectation at Pitt Public Health—it is a reality. You will learn from and work with professors who are among the most highly regarded experts in the public health field. And they will get to know you.

Pitt Public Health is among the top schools in the country in research dollars per faculty member, which is a testament to the quality of our teaching staff and a measure of how we emphasize research at every level—basic, translational and applied.

Here are just a few of the professional achievements, awards and recognition our faculty members have received:

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Our faculty members are recognized for their work and research by many organizations and their own peers, including:

Thomas E. Guadamuz was one of seven fellows chosen to participate in the highly competitive Fordham HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute  summer training and mentored research program for early career investigators funded by the U.S. National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Zsolt Urban was elected vice chair, Gordon Research Conference on Elastin, Elastic Fibers & Microfibils.

M. Ilyas Kamboh accepted the position as editor-in-chief of a new journal Current Genetic Medicine Reports, published by Springer.

Lisa S. Parker, PhD, was a member of the expert scientific panel for eMERGE (Electronic Medical Record and Genomics) National Consortium.

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Steven M. Albert received a grant from the RK Mellon Foundation to develop a community violence prevention research effort in the Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Center for Health Equity.

Patricia I. Documet received an R21 grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research for her project De la Mano con la Salud/Lend a Hand for Health: A Male Lay Health Advisor Network in a New Growth Community.

Trevor J. Orchard, has established collaboration on childhood diabetes in Africa between Pitt Public Health and the National University of Rwanda School of Public Health.

Andrea M. Kriska leads a team working on translation of lifestyle modification to community interventions in our Physical Activity Epidemiology program. Kriska and her group have been active in promoting clinical translation of the Group-Lifestyle Balance Program through the military and have received invitations for international workshops in Canada and Guam.

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Pitt Public Health professors are often called upon to serve as expert lecturers and instructors in other academic programs at universities and professional conferences.

Jessica Griffin Burke worked closely with the Kellogg Health Scholars at the University of Pittsburgh to develop a Health Equity: Social Determinants of Health lecture series. Speakers included international experts including Paula Braveman (UCSF), Patricia O’Campo (University of Toronto) and Thomas Glass (Johns Hopkins University). Attendance at each seminar exceeded 50 participants and feedback about the quality of and interest in the series was strong. The talks were held in concert with the Public Health Dynamics Lab, School of Law, and Center for Health Equity within Behavioral and Community Health Sciences.

The Summer Institute in Biostatistics, led by Roslyn A. Stone was re-funded for a second term of three years to continue its mission of introducing exceptional undergraduates from across the country to the fields of biostatistics and public health.

Clareann H. Bunker directs an NIH-funded Fogarty program for training public health researchers in India with training sessions in India and in Pittsburgh.

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Pitt Public Health faculty members are involved in collaborative projects with public health agencies and organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. Among the many are: the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, the Allegheny County Health Department, the South Oakland Community Development Corporation, PERSAD, Tobacco Free Allegheny, the Lehigh Valley Board of Health, the Hospital Council of Southwest PA, the Huntington’s Disease Society.

Chongyi Wei helped the World Health Organization develop new guidelines for the prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men and transgender people.

Linda Frank received funding for a new grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. Her Telehealth AETC Appalachian Project will provide training to community health centers on HIV, hepatitis, and related conditions.

Faculty Kudos

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Pyne honored with two memorial oration awards in India 

Pyne honored with two memorial oration awards in India

SAUMYADIPTA PYNE, scientific director for the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory (PHDL) has been selected to receive two oration awards, both of which will be presented to him in India in November: The 2017 Subha Mukherjee Memorial Oration from the Physiological Society of India, and the Kiruba Sanka... (10/20/2017)
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Chiapetta app awarded $10,000 in Goldman Prize Competition  

Chiapetta app awarded $10,000 in Goldman Prize Competition

PITTWIRE - On Saturday evening, October 18, 2017, the inaugural Goldman Prize Competition judges announced an $10,000 award for Triple Note: A Data Collection and Instruction App developed by LAUREL CHIAPPETTA, biostatistics core instructor, and Mary Margaret Kerr. The program helps field researcher... (10/18/2017)
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HPM students take second at 2017 Robbins Case Competition 

HPM students take second at 2017 Robbins Case Competition

Congratulations to Pitt Public Health’s team on their second place finish at the Robbins Case Competition at Baylor University. JOHN CORDIER (MHA/MBA), ZACHARY HAYES (MHA), and AMANDA WILKINS (MHA) were the students who competed in the event. HPM’s KEVIN BROOM (second from right, MHA and MHA/MBA pro... (10/16/2017)
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Albert lectures as new Philip Hallen Endowed Chair in Community Health and Social Justice 

Albert lectures as new Philip Hallen Endowed Chair in Community Health and Social Justice

To mark his installation as the Philip Hallen Endowed Chair in Community Health and Social Justice, BCHS’s STEVEN ALBERT will revisit Rousseau’s 1754 Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality Among Men , or “Second Discourse.” We have moved beyond early philosophical speculation to an e... (10/10/2017)

Faculty in the News

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Van Panhuis on the myth of spacing out kids’s vaccines 

Van Panhuis on the myth of spacing out kids’s vaccines

CONSUMER REPORTS - It’s unwise to delay or spread out vaccines, says EPI’s WILBERT VAN PANHUIS. The CDC bases the schedule on disease risks, vaccine effectiveness at specific ages, and the way vaccines may interact with each other. “To start mixing this up is really complicated and actually can be d... (11/18/2017)
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Garland grant mobilizes trauma-response team for Thanksgiving Day rollout 

Garland grant mobilizes trauma-response team for Thanksgiving Day rollout

POST-GAZETTE - The second, $160,000 grant was awarded to the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. RICHARD GARLAND, an assistant professor, is leading that effort and has hired two street outreach workers who are focusing on violence prevention through me... (11/15/2017)
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Roberts study links parental Medicaid expansion, pediatric care 

Roberts study links parental Medicaid expansion, pediatric care

LIFE SCIENCE DAILY - Health policy researcher ERIC ROBERTS finds that expanded Medicaid programs increased well-child visits for low-income families. Those kids may be impacted if policy proposals curtail benefits or eligibility. (11/15/2017)
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FDA approved digital pill: Gellad talks about pros and cons 

FDA approved digital pill: Gellad talks about pros and cons

NPR - While warning of privacy and cost concerns, HPM’s WALID GELLAD explains the upside of the newly FDA-approved “big brother” digital pill. But he warns that there are broader privacy concerns when it comes to sensors that transmit health information. “We’ve seen time and time again that stuff th... (11/14/2017)
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Gellad on Trump’s pick to lead Department of Health and Human Services 

Gellad on Trump’s pick to lead Department of Health and Human Services

BLOOMBERG - Azar “is not the pick you would expect from someone who is going around calling the pharmaceutical industry a bunch of murderers,” HPM’s WALID GELLAD, who heads Pitt’s Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing, said in a phone interview, referring to Trump’s “Getting away with mur... (11/14/2017)
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