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Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology, from Anne B. Newman, MD, MPH and Jane A Cauley, DrPH, MPH ...

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Osteoporosis as Serious, But Less Understood in Men ...

“We have to improve on the understanding that osteoporosis is a significant problem in older men,” Jane A Cauley, DrPH, told Endocrine Today

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Epidemiology Seminar

10/18, Using Health Plan Data to Implement Targeted Health Interventions, Lynne Marshall

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Epidemiology Graduate Programs

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 activites 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 & 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

 

Byrnes, Niemczyk, Mendez appointed to governor’s maternal mortality review committee

CAROLYN BYRNES (EPI ‘11), NAN...
Byrnes, Niemczyk, Mendez appointed to governor’s maternal mortality review committee

CAROLYN BYRNES (EPI ‘11), NANCY NIEMCZYK (EPI ‘14), and EPI's DARA MENDEZ are to serve in a new effort to collect information to investigate and disseminate findings related to maternal deaths. “With the alarming rate of maternal deaths in Pennsylvania, establishing this committee will help take im... (10/04/2018)

Thurston: sexual harassment and assault take long-term toll on women's health

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER - A new...
Thurston: sexual harassment and assault take long-term toll on women's health

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER - A new study shows that not only are sexual harassment and assault highly prevalent today, but they may also have negative health consequences. "It is widely understood that sexual harassment and assault can impact women's lives and how they function, but this study also eval... (10/03/2018)

Jane Cauley receives ASBMR 2018 Shirley Hohl Service Award

Congratulations to EPI's JANE...
Jane Cauley receives ASBMR 2018 Shirley Hohl Service Award

Congratulations to EPI's JANE CAULEY for receiving the 2018 Shirley Hohl Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. She received the award after volunteering for numerous positions and projects with the society. “To be awarded the ASBMR 2018 Shirley Hohl Service Award is a great... (09/24/2018)

Changing dynamics of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States from 1979 through 2016

SCIENCE - In an effort to und...
Changing dynamics of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States from 1979 through 2016

SCIENCE - In an effort to understand the epidemic dynamics and perhaps predict its future course, Pitt Public Health researchers analyzed records of nearly 600,000 overdose deaths. Dean DONALD BURKE, HPM's HAWRE JALAL, and colleagues concluded that the U.S. drug overdose epidemic has been inexorabl... (09/21/2018)

Newman and colleagues' new study uses local participants to look at aspirin use in older adults (video)

WPXI - TV - We've long heard ...
Newman and colleagues' new study uses local participants to look at aspirin use in older adults (video)

WPXI - TV - We've long heard that an aspirin a day can help lower the risk of heart disease. A new study using participants from Pittsburgh suggests that isn't always the case. The study looked at 19,000 people worldwide, including 178 people from Pittsburgh. "People who took aspirin and people who... (09/19/2018)

 

Thu
10/18
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Using Health Plan Data to Implement Targeted Health Interventions - Lynne Marshall - Gateway HealthUsing Health Plan Data to Implement Targeted Health Interventions - Lynne Marshall - Gateway Health Epidemiology Seminar Series
Using Health Plan Data to Implement Targeted Health Interventions - Lynne Marshall - Gateway Health
Thu 10/18 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Lynne Marshall, PhD, MS
Research Statistician, Gateway Health
Using Health Plan Data to Implement Targeted Health Interventions

Mon
10/22
Epidemiology epiBRAIN Journal Club
epiBRAIN Journal Club Epidemiology epiBRAIN Journal Club
epiBRAIN Journal Club
Mon 10/22 12:00PM - 1:00PM
5140 Public Health, Burke Seminar Room

Mon
10/22
Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Journal Club Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Journal Club
Mon 10/22 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
10/25
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Molecular Epidemiology of Physical Function in Older Adults - Adam Santanasto Molecular Epidemiology of Physical Function in Older Adults - Adam Santanasto Epidemiology Seminar Series
Molecular Epidemiology of Physical Function in Older Adults - Adam Santanasto
Thu 10/25 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Adam Santanasto, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology, GSPH, University of Pittsburgh 
Molecular Epidemiology of Physical Function in Older Adults

Thu
10/25
PHDL Conference
Pre-Conference Behavior Modeling Workshop - FRED (a Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dy Pre-Conference Behavior Modeling Workshop - FRED (a Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dy PHDL Conference
Pre-Conference Behavior Modeling Workshop - FRED (a Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dy
Thu 10/25 12:00PM - 5:00PM
1149 Public Health, Foster Conference Room

In this hands-on workshop, learn to use FRED (Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dynamics), a flexible, agent-based modeling platform that can be used to model diverse situations, including infectious diseases, chronic conditions, demographic changes at the population level, and the effects of human behavior. Workshop participants will become familiar with the FRED platform, learn the basics of incorporating and simulating agent behavior in simulation models, and create and run their own behavioral models using FRED Web, an online interface in which FRED models can be designed, run, and analyzed.

FRED can be used to predict outcomes of an epidemic, such as epidemic curves and disease incidence, and is a tool for evaluating interventions, such as school closure, social distancing and changes in vaccination behavior.  Using census-based statistically representative synthetic populations, FRED captures the demographic and geographically heterogeneous characteristics of actual populations, including realistic neighborhood, household, school and workplace social networks.

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