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Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Graduate Programs

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:

 

Hartman and team study tropical mosquito-borne virus linked to miscarriage, stillbirth in animals

WESA-FM - Research suggests t...
Hartman and team study tropical mosquito-borne virus linked to miscarriage, stillbirth in animals

WESA-FM - Research suggests the Rift Valley Fever can affect developing human fetuses. IDM's Amy Hartman, along with first author Cynthia McMillen who is an IDM postdoc, chose to study Rift Valley’s effects on pregnant rats, since humans and rats have similar placental structures. They found that 6... (12/06/2018)

County project tackling AIDS and HIV reports fewer new cases

POST GAZETTE - Allegheny Coun...
County project tackling AIDS and HIV reports fewer new cases

POST GAZETTE - Allegheny County health officials are reporting progress in the fight against AIDS by reducing new HIV cases. A key part of this effort is education. The MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center, led by Linda Frank, has been involved in efforts to fight AIDS for the past 30 yea... (11/29/2018)

Student Noreen Chatta shares her analysis of endoscope procedures and bacterial cultures at APHA 2018

APHA - Noreen Chatta (IDM) pr...
Student Noreen Chatta shares her analysis of endoscope procedures and bacterial cultures at APHA 2018

APHA - Noreen Chatta (IDM) presented her research on Safety of Gastrointestinal (GI) Endoscopic Procedures at a Large Academic Medical Center during a poster symposium at APHA's 2018 annual meeting. In this study, she assessed and monitored the safety of endoscopic procedures using microbiologic cu... (11/24/2018)

Pitt Men's Study mourns loss of doctor among the first in Pittsburgh to treat gay men and people with HIV

The Pitt Men’s Study extends ...
Pitt Men's Study mourns loss of doctor among the first in Pittsburgh to treat gay men and people with HIV

The Pitt Men’s Study extends its heartfelt sympathy and condolences to all those touched by the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill on October 27. While all the deaths that day were tragic, the death of Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz is particularly significant to our volunteers and staf... (11/01/2018)

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 to present their ide... (10/24/2018)

 

Mon
1/7
IDM Seminar Series
Anita McElroy, MD, PhD IDM Seminar Series
Anita McElroy, MD, PhD
Mon 1/7 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Mon
1/14
IDM Seminar Series
TBA IDM Seminar Series
TBA
Mon 1/14 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Mon
1/28
IDM Seminar Series
Samantha Sanford, PhD Student IDM Seminar Series
Samantha Sanford, PhD Student
Mon 1/28 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Mon
2/4
IDM Seminar Series
TBA IDM Seminar Series
TBA
Mon 2/4 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Mon
2/11
IDM Seminar Series
Nicole Grant / Christina Martins (PhD Students) IDM Seminar Series
Nicole Grant / Christina Martins (PhD Students)
Mon 2/11 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

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