Faculty and doctoral program student collaborations in artificial intelligence uncover a new approach to controlling hospital infection outbreaks

Pictured above: Alexander Sundermann, clinical research coordinator and Epidemiology doctoral student, and Dr. Lee Harrison, Associate Chief of Epidemiology and Education, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, and Head of the Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Research Unit

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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
  • Obesity and nutritional
  • Population neuroscience
  • Prevention, lifestyle and physical activity
  • Psychiatric
  • Reproductive, perinatal and pediatric
  • Social epidemiology and health equity
  • Women’s health

 

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