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:

 

Events celebrating LGBTQ History Month

Acceptance Journeys Pittsburg...
Events celebrating LGBTQ History Month

Acceptance Journeys Pittsburgh exhibit, Cycle Series film screening and panel, and a special lecture from PA Secretary of Health Rachel Levine on Issues in LGBT Health.  (10/18/2019)

Koenig presents at Midwest Virology Meeting

Zachary Koenig (IDM '20) was ...
Koenig presents at Midwest Virology Meeting

Zachary Koenig (IDM '20) was selected for an oral presentation at the Midwest Virology Symposium held at Ohio State University October 11-13. The title of his talk was "Type III Interferon Control of Rift Valley Fever Virus Infection at Epithelial Cell Barriers." Koenig also won a student travel aw... (10/17/2019)

Prevalence and correlates of prep awareness and use among black men who have sex with men and women (MSMW) in the United States

AIDS AND BEHAVIOR - Friedman,...
Prevalence and correlates of prep awareness and use among black men who have sex with men and women (MSMW) in the United States

AIDS AND BEHAVIOR - Friedman, MR, Sang, JM, Bukowski, LA, Chandler, CJ, Egan, JE, Eaton, LA, Matthews, DD, Ho, K, Raymond, HF, & Stall, R. found that PrEP awareness campaigns tailored for black men who have sex with men and women (MSMW), concomitant with STI-to-PrEP interventions, will facilitate g... (10/14/2019)

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)

 

Wed
11/13
IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Article - Migrant Memory B Cells Secrete Luminal Antibody in the Vagina IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Article - Migrant Memory B Cells Secrete Luminal Antibody in the Vagina
Wed 11/13 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A719 Public Health

Wed
11/13
IDM MPH Journal Club
Article - Inhibition of Ebola Virus by a Molecularly Engineered Banana Lectin IDM MPH Journal Club
Article - Inhibition of Ebola Virus by a Molecularly Engineered Banana Lectin
Wed 11/13 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A425 Public Health

Mon
11/18
IDM Seminar Series
Presentations by: Victoria Gould & Katrina Stephenson IDM Seminar Series
Presentations by: Victoria Gould & Katrina Stephenson
Mon 11/18 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Wed
11/20
IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Article - TBA IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Article - TBA
Wed 11/20 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A719 Public Health

Wed
11/20
IDM MPH Journal Club
Article - Pulmonary involvement during the Ebola Virus Disease IDM MPH Journal Club
Article - Pulmonary involvement during the Ebola Virus Disease
Wed 11/20 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A425 Public Health