The Department of Epidemiology of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health is leading research and prevention activities that impact public health by training students to evaluate and respond to important public health issues in aging and chronic disease prevention, reproductive health, environmental health, and infectious diseases.

The program provides a strong foundation in epidemiology, which is a core discipline in public health. Our epidemiology graduate programs incorporate into the teaching program activities that provide a practical and clinically relevant educational experience that is based on a foundation of research excellence.. Students take a series of core courses in epidemiology and public health, and may choose to focus on one of several Areas of Emphasis. Faculty in each of these areas direct major research programs and training grants that provide excellent opportunities for student research and field training.

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Pitt Public Health faculty members conduct small and large observational studies and clinical trials of problems that have major impact on the health of populations, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, premature birth, and injury. Faculty members may also lead field centers or coordinating centers for multicenter national and international observational studies and clinical trials.

Major areas of emphasis include...

  • Aging
  • Applied public health
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular and diabetes
  • Clinical trials and methods
  • Environmental
  • Global health
  • Infectious disease
  • Injury prevention
  • Molecular and genetic
  • Population neuroscience
  • Obesity and nutritional
  • Prevention, lifestyle and physical activity
  • Psychiatric
  • Reproductive, perinatal and pediatric
  • Women’s health

 

Faculty speak out on “Inequality Across Gender and Race” report

Faculty members Dara Mendez ...
Faculty speak out on “Inequality Across Gender and Race” report

Faculty members Dara Mendez (EPI) and Tiffany Gary-Webb (EPI/BCHS) shared some thoughtful criticisms of the “Inequality Across Gender and Race ” report recently issued by the city.  These two Pitt Public Health faculty members were co-signers of a letter responding to the report and challengin... (10/09/2019)

Epidemiology students share internships and practica during “Epi-in-Action” symposium

Reporting on recent internshi...
Epidemiology students share internships and practica during “Epi-in-Action” symposium

Reporting on recent internships and practica, epidemiology students reported on summer research and practice experiences in our region and around the world. The O’Hara Student Center ballroom buzzed as faculty and staff learned about field initiatives, practical applications, and lessons learned. ... (10/09/2019)

Thurston shows more hot flashes could up odds for heart trouble

WEB MD - EPI's Rebecca Thurst...
Thurston shows more hot flashes could up odds for heart trouble

WEB MD - EPI's Rebecca Thurston ifound that frequent or persistent hot flashes are linked to higher odds of heart attack and stroke. The finding stems from a 20-year study of about 3,300 women during menopause. "The [heart events] were not explained by things like blood pressure, diabetes, obesit... (10/01/2019)

Burke talks about how to control the river of legal painkillers flowing through Allegheny County

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW - T...
Burke talks about how to control the river of legal painkillers flowing through Allegheny County

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW - There were 76 billion pills prescribed across the country from 2006-2012. In that time, prescriptions in Allegheny county went from 46 pills per person per year to 58. EPI's Donald Burke said that there is still a long way to go in terms of controlling this first step of... (10/01/2019)

Study finds microplastics turning up in human stool. Adibi talks moving the research forward.

PHYSICIAN'S WEEKLY - Tiny bit...
Study finds microplastics turning up in human stool. Adibi talks moving the research forward.

PHYSICIAN'S WEEKLY - Tiny bits of plastic may be getting into our bodies, a new study suggests. EPI's Jennifer Adibi point out that “[the study] does shine a light on a different way of looking at the impact of plastics on health. “Until now we have been focused on measuring and studying the health... (09/23/2019)

 

Mon
10/14
Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Journal Club Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Journal Club
Mon 10/14 3:00PM - 4:30PM
A521 Public Health

The CVD Epidemiology journal club is a forum for scientific interaction between CVD Epidemiology training program students, collaborating faculty and other students with interest in CVD Epidemiology.

Thu
10/17
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Tiffany L. Gary-Webb - Neighborhoods and Cardiometabolic Health in Disadvantaged CommunitiesTiffany L. Gary-Webb - Neighborhoods and Cardiometabolic Health in Disadvantaged Communities Epidemiology Seminar Series
Tiffany L. Gary-Webb - Neighborhoods and Cardiometabolic Health in Disadvantaged Communities
Thu 10/17 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Neighborhoods and Cardiometabolic Health in Disadvantaged Communities

Tiffany L. Gary-Webb, PhD, MHS 
Associate Professor, Depts. Of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and Epidemiology 
​Associate Director, Center for Health Equity, University of Pittsburgh GSPH 

Fri
10/18
Epidemiology Journal Club
Epidemiological Methods Journal Club Epidemiology Journal Club
Epidemiological Methods Journal Club
Fri 10/18 1:00PM - 3:00PM
5140 Public Health, Burke Seminar Room

The Epidemiological Methods Journal Club meets weekly to discuss papers related to the foundations of the causal inference framework and new epidemiologic methods.

Mon
10/21
Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Journal Club Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Journal Club
Mon 10/21 3:00PM - 4:30PM
A521 Public Health

The CVD Epidemiology journal club is a forum for scientific interaction between CVD Epidemiology training program students, collaborating faculty and other students with interest in CVD Epidemiology.

Thu
10/24
Epidemiology Dissertation Defense
Tenley Brownwright - Measles Vaccination Data Improves Detection of Measles Risk in the US & Africa Epidemiology Dissertation Defense
Tenley Brownwright - Measles Vaccination Data Improves Detection of Measles Risk in the US & Africa
Thu 10/24 9:00AM - 11:00AM
5140 Public Health, Burke Seminar Room

Full dissertation title:  Using High-Resolution Measles Vaccination Coverage Data Improves Detection of Spatial Heterogeneity and Measles Risk in the US and Africa

Committee:

Wilbert van Panhuis - chair
Daniel J. Bain
Christina F. Mair
Evelyn O. Talbott