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:

 

IDM Research Day expanded with guest speakers and more than 70 student presenters

The Department of Infectious ...
IDM Research Day expanded with guest speakers and more than 70 student presenters

The Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology held their biggest-ever research day celebration, featuring three guest speakers: Jonathan Oliver spoke about the emerging tick-borne diseases of the northern United States, Daniel Voth talked about using human-derived systems to investigate ba... (10/09/2019)

Henning breaks down the risks associated with ticks

THE TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT - In the...
Henning breaks down the risks associated with ticks

THE TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT - In the past century, Pennsylvania has become very favorable for the ecology of tick-borne diseases. The region's woodlands, rivers, growing white tailed-deer population, plentiful population of white-footed mouse, and the expansion of human populations into the black-legged t... (08/12/2019)

Smith talks in-depth immunotherapy for lung cancer

HOPE WITH ANSWERS - Discover ...
Smith talks in-depth immunotherapy for lung cancer

HOPE WITH ANSWERS - Discover in-depth information about immunotherapy for lung cancer through this conversation between Kellie Smith (IDM '13) of Johns Hopkins and patient advocate Lysa Buonanno, part of a video series providing the next level of information for patients to understand treatment opt... (08/12/2019)

MidAtlantic AIDS Education & Training Center receives $14.2 million to extend efforts into 2024

INSIDE UPMC - Public health a...
MidAtlantic AIDS Education & Training Center receives $14.2 million to extend efforts into 2024

INSIDE UPMC - Public health alumnae & RPCVs Marilyn Blasingame (IDM '16) and Ingrid Godfrey (IDM '18), and IDM professor Linda Rose Frank discuss their work on the prevention and treatment  of HIV/AIDS and its co-morbidities through the MidAtlantic AIDS Education & Training Center (MAAETC), which r... (08/10/2019)

Zika and travel: Marques tells you what you need to know

THE NEW YORK TIMES - The viru...
Zika and travel: Marques tells you what you need to know

THE NEW YORK TIMES - The virus has been out of the headlines, but that doesn't mean it is gone. The World Health Organization just updated guideines for travelling to the Zika zone. "Summer in the north is winter in the south and vice versa, so you have to consider that," said IDM's Ernesto Marques... (07/10/2019)

 

Wed
10/16
IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
CANCELLED IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
CANCELLED
Wed 10/16 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A719 Public Health

Wed
10/16
IDM MPH Journal Club
CANCELLED IDM MPH Journal Club
CANCELLED
Wed 10/16 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A425 Public Health

Wed
10/16
IDM Seminar Series
Special Seminar - Vicente Y. Belizario, Jr., MD, MTM&H IDM Seminar Series
Special Seminar - Vicente Y. Belizario, Jr., MD, MTM&H
Wed 10/16 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Mon
10/21
IDM Seminar Series
Presentation by: Subramanian Thothathri & Jason Yeung IDM Seminar Series
Presentation by: Subramanian Thothathri & Jason Yeung
Mon 10/21 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Tue
10/22
MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Conference
Erie HIV Update: Reducing Stigma and Improving Sexual Health MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Conference
Erie HIV Update: Reducing Stigma and Improving Sexual Health
Tue 10/22 5:00PM - 8:30PM
Outside Conference and Meeting Spaces

This evening dinner update, in collaboration with the Erie Department of Health and Erie HIV Task Force, will be held at the Bayfront Convention Center.  The presenters will discuss Sexual Health History Taking and Sexual Health and Stigma, followed by a panel of local providers.