Above: Alexander Sundermann, MPH, CIC, Epidemiology doctoral program student and clinical research coordinator, selected as a 2020 “30 under 30” award recipient by the Pittsburgh Business Times. Recipients are chosen based upon the impact of contributions to their organizations, their industry, and the region.

Alex and his team are working with UPMC and CMU experts to build an Enhanced Detection System for Healthcare Associated Transmission (EDS-HAT) in the Microbial Genomic Epidemiology Laboratory (MiGEL), by combining genomic sequencing and machine learning to detect infectious disease outbreaks and transmission routes faster than traditional epidemiological methods.

Photo by Nate Langer/UPMC


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

 

Bacterial metabolism of dietary soy may lower risk factor for dementia

NEUROSCIENCE NEWS - A metabol...
Bacterial metabolism of dietary soy may lower risk factor for dementia

NEUROSCIENCE NEWS - A metabolite produced following consumption of dietary soy may decrease a key risk factor for dementia--with the help of the right bacteria.  According to a discovery by EPI's  Akira Sekikaw a , elderly Japanese men and women who produce equol--a metabolite of dietary soy create... (10/26/2020)

COVID-19 & Health Disparities (video)

As part of the Conversations ...
COVID-19 & Health Disparities (video)

As part of the Conversations about COVID-19 seminar series, EPI doctoral candidate Chantele Mitchell Miland , and Pitt's director of health sciences diversity, equity, and inclusion, Mario Browne (BCHS '05), discuss COVID-19 and health disparities. (10/23/2020)

Staying social can boost healthy ‘gray matter’ in aging brains

US NEWS (HealthDay News) — Ol...
Staying social can boost healthy ‘gray matter’ in aging brains

US NEWS (HealthDay News) — Older adults who get together with friends, volunteer, or go to classes have healthier brains, which could help them ward off dementia, according to a new study led by postdoc Cynthia Fox of EPI. Being socially engaged—even moderately—with at least one relative or friend ... (10/20/2020)

The opioid crisis didn’t disappear amid the pandemic. It still calls for urgent action.

THE WASHINGTON POST - Despite...
The opioid crisis didn’t disappear amid the pandemic. It still calls for urgent action.

THE WASHINGTON POST - Despite the predominance of the coronavirus pandemic among national priorities, the paper's editorial board urges the dedication of public health funds and attention to the ongoing opioid crisis, citing data gathered by HPM's Hawre Jalal and EPI's Donald S. Burke which suggest... (10/20/2020)

CDC awards PERU $3.5 million to establish suicide prevention program to for veterans in northwest Pa.

ERIE NEWS - The CDC will awar...
CDC awards PERU $3.5 million to establish suicide prevention program to for veterans in northwest Pa.

ERIE NEWS - The CDC will award Pitt's Program Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) $700,000 in funding annually for the next five years to create the Northwest Pennsylvania Veteran Suicide Prevention Program, a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention, focusing especially on servic... (10/14/2020)