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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:

 

Rister opens book store, continues making the public healthier

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - On ...
Rister opens book store, continues making the public healthier

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - On the surface, Adriene Rister (IDM) may seem to have made a dramatic career change, from dealing with infectious diseases for the state of Maine to running a children's book store. She sees the mission of both as bettering the community. "In a way, I like to think of this... (02/11/2019)

Hartman among researchers trying to prevent virus more dangerous than Zika (video)

WPXI - Pitt researchers are l...
Hartman among researchers trying to prevent virus more dangerous than Zika (video)

WPXI - Pitt researchers are looking to lessons learned about Zika when preparing for the possibility of Rift Valley Fever virus, noting that it's important to develop therapies and vaccines now. "We saw the ffects of Zika when it got into a larger population and so our work highlights the need to r... (02/11/2019)

Opioid overdose deaths likely to keep rising, Burke weighs in

HERALD-MAIL MEDIA - Many Amer...
Opioid overdose deaths likely to keep rising, Burke weighs in

HERALD-MAIL MEDIA - Many Americans who were first exposed to opiates by prescription have continued to misuse the drugs over many years. Until these people either are treated or die of overdoses, they form a "reservoir" of potential victims for the spiraling epidemic, said Dean Donald S. Burke.  (02/11/2019)

Marques finds prior dengue infection protects against Zika

The higher a person's immunit...
Marques finds prior dengue infection protects against Zika

The higher a person's immunity to dengue virus, the lower their risk of Zika infection, an international team of scientists reported in the journal Science. The study also provides evidence that Brazil's Zika epidemic has largely petered out because enough people acquired immunity to reduce the eff... (02/11/2019)

Obituary: Robert B. Yee, 'godfather' of Pitt Public Health

PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE - Rob...
Obituary: Robert B. Yee, 'godfather' of Pitt Public Health

PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE - Robert Yee was as brilliant as he was modest. "One of the godfathers" of Pitt Public Health, Yee mentored hundreds of students and played a pivotal role as a researcher who made several "breakthrough" discoveries about bacteria.  (01/29/2019)

 

Mon
2/18
IDM Seminar Series
"The Role of Public Health in Infection Prevention:..." Alex Sundermann IDM Seminar Series
"The Role of Public Health in Infection Prevention:..." Alex Sundermann
Mon 2/18 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

"The Role of Public Health in
Infection Prevention:  Next Generation
Whole Genome Sequencing"

Wed
2/20
IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
CitE Enzymes are Essential for Mycobacterium tuberculosis... presented by Alyssa Jespersen IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
CitE Enzymes are Essential for Mycobacterium tuberculosis... presented by Alyssa Jespersen
Wed 2/20 12:00PM - 1:00PM
2121C Public Health

Wed
2/20
IDM MPH Journal Club
Article - Epidemiology of Imported Infectious Diseases, China, 2005-2016. IDM MPH Journal Club
Article - Epidemiology of Imported Infectious Diseases, China, 2005-2016.
Wed 2/20 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A719 Public Health

Authors:  Elizabeth Owens & Brian Kimball
Wang, Y., Wang, X., Liu, X., et al.  Epidemiology of Imported Infectious Diseases, China, 2005-2016.  Emerging Infect. Dis.  25:33, 2019.
Reviewers:  Laura Dytrt & Nefertiti Wade

Mon
2/25
IDM Seminar Series
"Chronic Pain in People Living with HIV: State of the Science" Jessica Merlin, MD, PhD IDM Seminar Series
"Chronic Pain in People Living with HIV: State of the Science" Jessica Merlin, MD, PhD
Mon 2/25 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Wed
2/27
IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Kevin Joseph IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Kevin Joseph
Wed 2/27 12:00PM - 1:00PM
2121C Public Health

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