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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:

 

Burke on overdose deaths in Pittsburgh declining sharply

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - "...
Burke on overdose deaths in Pittsburgh declining sharply

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - "At this point, I'm not confident it is a permanent change for the good or if we're just returning to the expected curve," Dean Donald Burke said. "In our paper in Science a few months ago, we showed overdoses from all drugs, not just opioids, have been growing exponenti... (03/04/2019)

Burke talks to The Economist about charting "the death curve"

THE ECONOMIST - Charting over...
Burke talks to The Economist about charting "the death curve"

THE ECONOMIST - Charting overdose deaths shows an exponential curve increasing at a constant clip of 7.6% per year. Some modellers argue that the death curve might even continue its acceleration. “Anyone who tells me otherwise has to show me why that curve should bend now when it hasn’t in the face... (03/04/2019)

Nachega finds drug-resistant TB cured with new approaches in conflict-affected region

INFECTION CONTROL TODAY - A h...
Nachega finds drug-resistant TB cured with new approaches in conflict-affected region

INFECTION CONTROL TODAY - A high proportion of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis cases can be cured in conflict-affected communities with molecular diagnostics, shorter treatment periods, and socioeconomic incentives, according to the results of a large, long-term study in the Democratic Republic of... (02/19/2019)

Rister opens book store, continues making the public healthier

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - On ...
Rister opens book store, continues making the public healthier

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - On the surface, Adriene Rister (IDM) may seem to have made a dramatic career change, from dealing with infectious diseases for the state of Maine to running a children's book store. She sees the mission of both as bettering the community. "In a way, I like to think of this... (02/11/2019)

Hartman among researchers trying to prevent virus more dangerous than Zika (video)

WPXI - Pitt researchers are l...
Hartman among researchers trying to prevent virus more dangerous than Zika (video)

WPXI - Pitt researchers are looking to lessons learned about Zika when preparing for the possibility of Rift Valley Fever virus, noting that it's important to develop therapies and vaccines now. "We saw the ffects of Zika when it got into a larger population and so our work highlights the need to r... (02/11/2019)

 

Mon
3/25
IDM Seminar Series
Presentations by: Shivkumar Biradar / Henry Ma (PhD Students) IDM Seminar Series
Presentations by: Shivkumar Biradar / Henry Ma (PhD Students)
Mon 3/25 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Wed
3/27
IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Temporal Requirement for Pulmonary Resident and Circulating T Cells....presented by Emily Olsen IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Temporal Requirement for Pulmonary Resident and Circulating T Cells....presented by Emily Olsen
Wed 3/27 12:00PM - 1:00PM
2121C Public Health

Roberts L.M., Wehrly, T.D., Ireland, R.M., et al.  Temporal requirement for pulmonary resident and circulating T cells during virulent Francisella tularensis infection.  J. Immunol.  201:1186-1193, 2018. 

Wed
3/27
IDM MPH Journal Club
Article - Predictors of Clostridium difficile infection and predictive impact of probiotic ... IDM MPH Journal Club
Article - Predictors of Clostridium difficile infection and predictive impact of probiotic ...
Wed 3/27 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A719 Public Health

Authors:  Laura Dytrt & Nefertiti Wade
Carvour, M.L., Wiler, S.L., Ryan, K.L., et al.  Predictors of Clostridium difficile infection and predictive impact of probiotic use in a diverse hospital-wide cohort.  Amer. J. Infection Control.  47:2-8, 2019.
Reviewers:  Sarah Sullivan & Andrew Whaley

Wed
3/27
IDM MPH Journal Club
Article - BCG Vaccination Protects Against Infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis... IDM MPH Journal Club
Article - BCG Vaccination Protects Against Infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis...
Wed 3/27 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A719 Public Health

Authors:  Briana Edison & Kelsey Simon
Pelzer, P.T., Mutayoba, B., Cobelens, F.G.J.  BCG vaccination protects against infection with Mycobactyerium tuberculosis ascertained by tuberculin skin testing.  J. Infection  77:335-340, 2018.
Reviewers:  Cheyenne Annarumo & Rachel Jaffe

Thu
3/28
IDM Master's Defense
MPH Essay Presentation by: Kamal Althobaiti IDM Master's Defense
MPH Essay Presentation by: Kamal Althobaiti
Thu 3/28 1:30PM - 2:30PM
2121C Public Health

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