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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:

 

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)

Simenson, Salerno, Saal-Ridpath selected for future health leaders program

PITT WIRE - Three students fr...
Simenson, Salerno, Saal-Ridpath selected for future health leaders program

PITT WIRE - Three students from Pitt Public Health were selected for the inaugural class of The Milken Institute’s Future Health Leaders Program. The students, ASHLEY SIMENSON (EPI '19), JESSICA SALERNO (IDM '20), and KAITLYN SAAL-RIDPATH (HPM '20), are among a dozen of fellows selected nationwid... (10/18/2018)

Human immunodeficiency virus infection induces lymphoid fibrosis in the BM-liver-thymus-spleen humanized mouse model

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGA...
Human immunodeficiency virus infection induces lymphoid fibrosis in the BM-liver-thymus-spleen humanized mouse model

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION INSIGHT - Jasmine Samal, Samantha Kelly, Ali Na-Shatal, Abdallah Elhakiem, Antu Das, Ming Ding, Anwesha Sanyal, Phalguni Gupta, Kevin Melody, Brad Roland, Watfa Ahmed, Aala Zakir, and Moses Bility developed a potentially novel human immune system–humanized mouse mo... (10/02/2018)

Sundermann keeps asking 'why?'

ALEX SUNDERMANN (IDM) is the ...
Sundermann keeps asking 'why?'

ALEX SUNDERMANN (IDM) is the featured MPH profile in the fall issue of Prevention Strategist, a magazine issued by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. When asked about the best advice he ever received, he said, 'keep asking 'why?'" (10/02/2018)

 

Wed
11/14
IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Jennifer Bowling presents on Contemporary Circulating Enterovirus D68 Strains... IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Jennifer Bowling presents on Contemporary Circulating Enterovirus D68 Strains...
Wed 11/14 12:00PM - 1:00PM
2121A Public Health

DM Brown, AM Hixon, LM Oldfield, et al.  Contemporary Circulating Enterovirus D68 Strains Have Acquired the Capacity for Viral Entry and Replication in Human Neuronal Cells.  mBio  9:e01954-18, 2018.
Wed
11/14
IDM MPH Journal Club
Presentation on Accuracy and Discomfort of Different Types of Intranasal Specimen Collection Methods IDM MPH Journal Club
Presentation on Accuracy and Discomfort of Different Types of Intranasal Specimen Collection Methods
Wed 11/14 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A425 Public Health

Presenters:  Briana Edison, Elizabeth Owens, Megan Zuley

Mentors:  Mounika Abbareddy, Nefertiti Wade

Mon
11/19
IDM Seminar Series
Laboratory Testing in HIV Prevention Research - Edward "Ted" Livant IDM Seminar Series
Laboratory Testing in HIV Prevention Research - Edward "Ted" Livant
Mon 11/19 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Mon
11/26
IDM Seminar Series
Stephanie Mitchell, PhD IDM Seminar Series
Stephanie Mitchell, PhD
Mon 11/26 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Wed
11/28
IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Shivkumar Biradar IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Shivkumar Biradar
Wed 11/28 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A719 Public Health

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