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Department of Epidemiology alumni have crafted interesting career paths and are applying their wealth of professional and academic experiences in a variety of roles.

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PFAS expert Savitz interviewed by Detroit Public TV

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GREAT LAKES NOW - Last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s office declared two townships in Kalamazoo County a state of emergency due to elevated levels of the chemicals called “PFAS.” The amount is 20 times what the EPA says is unsafe. To find out more about PFAS contamination and what it can do to water and to the human body, Great Lakes Now talked with PFAS expert DAVID SAVITZ (EPI '82).  

Pitt task force outlines framework for confronting nationwide opioid crisis

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PITTWIRE - Pitt is taking a leading role in tackling the public health crisis by strengthening its prevention, treatment and recovery programs to bring meaningful change to the lives of students. "While opioid abuse is lower on university campuses, we can't be complacent," said Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. Pitt Public Health was represented on the task by BRADY BUSHOVER (EPI '18) and project coordinator MICHAEL MALLON (BCHS '13).   

Pitt Public Health finds ‘good cholesterol’ may not always be good for postmenopausal women

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ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Postmenopausal factors may have an impact on the heart-protective qualities of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) – also known as ‘good cholesterol.' “The results of our study are particularly interesting to both the public and clinicians because total HDL cholesterol is still used to predict cardiovascular disease risk,” said lead author and EPI's, SAMAR EL KHOUDARY (EPI '08).   

Pitt's opioid task force releases recommendations

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - The task force, which includes officials and students, including BRADY BUSHOVER (EPI '18) and MICHAEL MALLON (BCHS '13), has recommended that the school mobilize its research and treatment resources to fight addiction through initiatives ranging from partnerships with local medical centers to an on-campus space devoted to student recovery.   

Flatt's team receives a $75,000 grant for study on affordable LGBTQ age-friendly housing

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A $75,000 Team Science RAP Grant was awarded to alumnus JASON FLATT (BCHS '13) and colleagues on The Role of Affordable LGBTQ Age-Friendly Housing on the Health of LGBTQ Older Adults: A Natural Experiment. The study will be funded jointly by the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and the Academic Senate.  They are partnering with Openhouse, a nonprofit organization in San Francisco.  

Catov finds preterm birth linked to heart disease later in life

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WESA-FM - A new study found that women who had preterm births and a pattern of increasing blood pressure were also more likely to have greater calcium buildup in their hearts, putting them at higher risk for cardiovascular disease and heart attacks. Associate professor, alumna, and lead author JANET CATOV (EPI ’05) said it’s interesting that women who also had increasing blood pressure but gave birth to full-term babies didn’t have as much plaque... 

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Minimize Sample master's graduate positions

Some epidemiology master's program alumni hold positions in these organizations:
Dietetic consultant American Dietetic Association
President and chief executive officer Arcadia Gymnastics & Fitness Center
Associate, epidemiology Brigham & Women's Hospital
Epidemiologist Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Research coordinator Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Director Delaware Public Health Labs
Health director Egyptian Ministry of Health
Director, regulatory affairs Hoffmann-Larouche Inc.
Professor and geneticist Indiana University
Consultant, cardiovascular diseases Mayo Clinic
Health statistician National Center for Health Statistics
Bureau chief Ohio State Health Department
Administrator, public health Pennsylvania State Government
Senior clinical research associate Schering Plough Research Institute

Minimize Sample doctoral graduate positions

Some epidemiology doctoral program alumni hold positions in the following organizations:

Research biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Staff toxicologist California Department of Pesticide Regulation
Chief executive officer Renaissance Health Ventures
Associate professor, public health Columbia University
Medical consultant E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company
Vice president, health care research Gallup Organization
Epidemiologist Lockheed Martin
Assistant professor, ophthalmology Johns Hopkins University
Research associate Maine Medical Center
Cancer prevention fellow National Cancer Institute
Nutrition policy director National Center for Health Statistics
Research scientist New Jersey Department of Health
Professor, epidemiology Purdue University
Executive director Southwestern PA AIDS Planning Coalition

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Epi Alumni Awards & Profiles

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Chalhoub: 2018 Delta Omega Inductee 

Chalhoub: 2018 Delta Omega Inductee

DIDIER CHALHOUB (MMPH ’12, EPI ’15) is a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging Interdisciplinary Studies Aging Section. His areas of research include aging, osteoporosis, and sarcopenia, concentrating on osteoporosis and body composition with... (02/23/2018)
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Buchanich: 2018 Delta Omega Inductee 

Buchanich: 2018 Delta Omega Inductee

While completing her MPH and PhD degrees, JEANINE BUCHANICH (EPI ’98, ’07) worked full time for the Department of Biostatistics at Pitt Public Health and was appointed research assistant professor and deputy director of the Center for Occupational Biostatistics and Epidemiology in 2008. She has serv... (02/23/2018)
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Peter: 2018 Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award 

Peter: 2018 Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award

BERNADINE PETER (EPI ’88) is population health coordinator and registered dietitian at Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio, Texas. She previously served at Franklin Primary Health Center Inc. in Mobile, Ala., where she educated patients with diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure,... (02/23/2018)
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Norris: 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research 

Norris: 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research

JILL NORRIS (EPI ’88, ’90) is professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology in the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Her research focuses on the relationship of environment in the development of autoimmune diseases, including type I diabe... (02/23/2018)
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Manzi receives Richard E. Deitrick Humanity in Medicine Award 

Manzi receives Richard E. Deitrick Humanity in Medicine Award

Alumna SUSAN M. MANZI was honored with the 2016 Richard E. Deitrick Humanity in Medicine Award during the  Celebration of Excellence Awards Gala , Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Heinz Field. Established in 2012, the award honors a physician who has improved the lives of patients by caring for them wi... (01/05/2018)
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Taylor takes best of show with checkerboard peanut butter pie 

Taylor takes best of show with checkerboard peanut butter pie

NEW YORK TIMES - This doctoral alum is amazing! CHRIS TAYLOR (EPI '10), who was inducted into the Pitt Public Health Delta Omega Honor Society chapter in May 2017, won best in show in the amateur division at the American Pie Council's championship in June in Orlando, Florida. His winner beat 205 ot... (07/17/2017)
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Dorman receives nursing Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award 

Dorman receives nursing Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award

It was announced today that alumna JANICE SCULLY DORMAN (HUGEN ’81, EPI ’83) is the recipient of the Pitt School of Nursing 2017 Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award for tenured faculty. Dorman has taught classes at that school (and at Pitt Public Health) for 30 years, focusing primarily on molecular... (06/26/2017)
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Zimmerman, Nowalk, Hawk, and Ricci receive Adult Immunization Publication Award 

Zimmerman, Nowalk, Hawk, and Ricci receive Adult Immunization Publication Award

Kudos to (photo front, left to right) alumna PATRICIA NOWALK (EPI '81, ’93) and BCHS faculty MARY HAWK, ED RICCI, and (back) RICHARD ZIMMERMAN, who received the Immunization Publication Excellence Award presented during the National Adult Influenza Immunization Summit, May 10, 2017, in Atlanta, Geor... (06/01/2017)
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