Pitt Public Health is one of the few graduate schools of public health with a department dedicated to the study of infectious diseases, which are at the root of some of the world’s most pressing health issues.

The Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology (IDM) is committed to training the next generation of scientists and public health professionals to enhance the control of infectious diseases in the human population. Our integrated microbiology graduate programs are devoted to the education and training of graduate students in various molecular, immunologic, epidemiologic, and biologic aspects of microbial pathogenesis, as well as infectious disease control, prevention and education.

Pitt Public Health has made major contributions in defining, preventing, and treating some of the most devastating diseases of the past 60 years. Among the pioneering scientific breakthroughs made by IDM researchers are...

  • Prevention of poliovirus with gamma globulin, which helped in the development of the Salk polio vaccine
  • Identification of dengue viruses and the hemorrhagic fever caused by them
  • Discovery of adeno-associated virus
  • Linking the transmission of cytomegalovirus to infected organs in transplantation
  • Evidence showing HIV load in the blood is a strong predictor of disease progression
  • Establishing the Pitt Men's Study, a part of the ongoing, greater than 30 year nationwide Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study on the natural history of HIV infection
  • Establishing The Mid Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center (MAETC) which has provided HIV/AIDS education, consultation, technical assistance and resource materials to health care professionals for over 30 years

Degrees

The IDM Department is committed to high-quality graduate education that is consistent with our cutting-edge research and behavioral and community education programs. Drawing on the disciplines of molecular biology, immunology, epidemiology, medicine, health education, and community intervention, our graduate programs encourage students to engage in cross-disciplinary research of multiple aspects of infectious diseases.

Doctoral and master level degree programs offered include...

Within the MPH program two concentrations are available:

 

Mellors says natural remedies haven’t been shown to help you fight the coronavirus

DISCOVER - As COVID-19 blasts...
Mellors says natural remedies haven’t been shown to help you fight the coronavirus

DISCOVER - As COVID-19 blasts across the globe, viral wellness videos and posts are springing up in its wake. But so far, says John Mellors, IDM professor and chief of infectious diseases at Pitt, no randomized clinical trials have shown vitamins or natural remedies to be effective in treating or p... (03/26/2020)

Boggs helps Reddit‘s coronavirus community became a destination

NBC NEWS – In January when Em...
Boggs helps Reddit‘s coronavirus community became a destination

NBC NEWS – In January when Emerson Boggs (IDM PhD candidate) began moderating a small Reddit community dedicated to a new coronavirus in China, she had no idea that two months later the message board would grow to more than 1.2 million members. Daily Boggs and her colleagues process thousands of co... (03/18/2020)

IDM alum Taylor Poston recognized for research and practice

Congratulations to doctoral a...
IDM alum Taylor Poston recognized for research and practice

Congratulations to doctoral alumnus Taylor Poston (IDM '17). His undergraduate institution, Francis Marion University, honored him with their Professional Industry Award, presented annually to a graduate who serves as a practitioner or researcher in the natural or behavioral sciences, including fie... (03/18/2020)

IDM alum Henning on Why COVID-19 is not the flu, and why we should be very concerned

TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT - What can y...
IDM alum Henning on Why COVID-19 is not the flu, and why we should be very concerned

TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT - What can you do when faced with a deadly pandemic? Pitt Public Health alumna and Pitt-Johnstown professor Jill Henning (IDM '08) offers: You can socially distance yourself. You may get sick and be OK, but your elderly neighbor may not have it so lucky. Stay home. Wash your hands ... (03/16/2020)

Rinaldo helps with coronavirus test developemnt and launch

UPMC – A new test for COVID-1...
Rinaldo helps with coronavirus test developemnt and launch

UPMC – A new test for COVID-19 was created by a virology team including Charles Rinaldo, chair and professor of infectious diseases and microbiology and director of the UPMC Clinical Virology Laboratory. The health system plans to increase lab capacity and open testing sites around the state. The t... (03/14/2020)

 

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4/13
IDM Webinar/Online Event
Practical Review of Alcohol Withdrawal Management During the Coronavirus PandemicPractical Review of Alcohol Withdrawal Management During the Coronavirus Pandemic IDM Webinar/Online Event
Practical Review of Alcohol Withdrawal Management During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Mon 4/13 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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