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

 

Burke talks about how Pittsburgh’s virus success fizzled in crowded bars, eateries

AP – Epidemiologist Donald S....
Burke talks about how Pittsburgh’s virus success fizzled in crowded bars, eateries

AP – Epidemiologist Donald S. Burke said a preliminary review of mobility data shows the recent spike is consistent with an outbreak fueled by a narrow demographic such as younger people at bars and restaurants. As a second tier of hot-spot cities, Pittsburgh is still fertile ground for the virus. ... (07/25/2020)

Gary-Webb testifies at PA Democratic Health Committee on Black COVID-19 Equity Coalition

EPI's Tiffany Gary-Webb prese...
Gary-Webb testifies at PA Democratic Health Committee on Black COVID-19 Equity Coalition

EPI's Tiffany Gary-Webb presented testimony on COVID-19 disparities and our equity response at the July 15 House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on COVID-19 Health Disparities, impressing Representative Stephen Kinsey who wants to follow-up with Gary-Webb to connect the Philadelphia and Pittsbu... (07/21/2020)

Why are minorities getting hit harder by COVID-19? Partly because of systemic racism, says Gary-Webb

THE MORNING CALL - EPI's Tiff...
Why are minorities getting hit harder by COVID-19? Partly because of systemic racism, says Gary-Webb

THE MORNING CALL - EPI's Tiffany Gary-Webb, member of the Pittsburgh Black Covid-19 Equity Coalition, said there is a lack of robust and accessible testing, and that testing sites are not concentrated in communities of color. “We know that there’s disproportionate impacts, so we really think interv... (07/15/2020)

Pandav provides COVID-19 update on the situation in Timor-Leste

Rajesh Pandav (EPI ‘01) is cu...
Pandav provides COVID-19 update on the situation in Timor-Leste

Rajesh Pandav (EPI ‘01) is currently a WHO representative for the Timor-Leste government. Pandav provided a COVID-19 update on the situation in the island nation, the preparedness and response measures put into place, and addressed continuing challenges in a recent update that was posted to the You... (07/10/2020)

Burke on Allegheny County’s increase in opioid overdose deaths

POST-GAZETTE - “The epidemic ...
Burke on Allegheny County’s increase in opioid overdose deaths

POST-GAZETTE - “The epidemic has a lot of drivers that go deep into society. It’s a combination of the persons who are susceptible to drug use because of unemployment and a sense of despair in many parts of our country,” Dean Emeritus Donald Burke said. And now that the world is in the middle of a ... (07/10/2020)

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PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs interviews Dr. Wilbert Van Panhuis

West Ranch High School student reporter Madi Marks interviews University of Pittsburgh professor and epidemiologist Dr. Wilbert Van Panhuis on how he's collecting data on the coronavirus and how to combat it for our #SRLAsks series...

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Pitt Turns Rapid Coronavirus Data Sharing into Sustainable Research Infrastructure

Wilbert van Panhuis, M.D., Ph.D., was scrolling through Twitter over the winter holiday break when he noticed chatter among infectious disease epidemiologists about a new virus infecting people in Wuhan, China...

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Using 'probable' COVID-19 cases and deaths in data helps response, experts say...

Adding “probable” COVID-19 cases and deaths to daily totals of the ongoing pandemic has drawn the ire of critics, including President Donald Trump...

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