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Chang Recognized with Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination

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Chung-Chou "Joyce" H. Chang (BIOST '98) was recognized on May 17 with the 2014 Award for Teaching and Dissemination at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. 

Dedicated Alumni Inducted into Delta Omega Honor Society in 2014

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Three alumni were inducted into Pitt Public Health's Omicron Chapter of Delta Omega at the 2014 Alumni Awards  dinner:  Aaron Mendelsohn (EPI '96), Sean Rinella (EPI 0'10), and Adam Straub (EOH 0'08). “It is an honor to recognize these distinguished alumni for their commitment to advancing public health through research, teaching and community service,” said Donald S. Burke, Pitt Public Health dean and UPMC-Jonas Salk Chair of Global Health. 

New Master of Science in Health Services Research and Policy

The Department of Health Policy and Management is pleased to announce the recent approval of a Master of Science in Health Services Research and Policy. The program will be in place for the start of the fall 2014 term. Graduates from this program will be prepared to apply research design and quantitative methods to address problems in health service delivery and policy and/or to begin doctoral study.  

Julie Donohue Awarded the 2014 James L. Craig Award for Teaching Excellence

Our congratulations go out to Julie Donohue, Associate Professor in HPM who was awarded the 2014 James L. Craig Award for Teaching Excellence. The James L. Craig Endowed Excellence in Education award was established through the generosity of a distinguished Pitt Public Health alumnus to recognize teaching excellence in the school. 

Low Cholesterol in Immune Cells Tied to Slow Progression of HIV

People infected with HIV whose immune cells have low cholesterol levels experience much slower disease progression, even without medication, according to University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health research that could lead to new strategies to control infection. 

Travel Grant Awards

Three Biostatistics students were awarded travel grants for recent seminars. 

ACHE Chicago Reception

About 25 HPM alumni, students, and friends gathered for the annual ACHE reception in Chicago on Tuesday, March 25. HPM department chair Dr. Mark Roberts provided an update on the program. Outgoing HPM Alumni Association President Mike Blackwood and incoming president Mike Evans gave remarks. Mr. Evans also spoke about the newly created Donna Lee Schultz Memorial Fund and presented a $1,000 donation. Established to honor the late Donna Schultz wh... 

Summer Undergraduate Public Health Opportunities

The Summer Edge in Global and Public Health is an opportunity for Pitt undergraduates to take Pitt Public Health courses, do an internship with a faculty member, and see what the field of public health has to offer. Apply or find out more at http://www.summeredge.pitt.edu.  

Students Win Third Place in Case Competition

The Health Policy and Management team that entered the University of Alabama Administrative Case competition this year came back with a 3rd place overall! This premier MHA competition draws teams from all over the country, and this is the highest we have ever placed.   

Older Age at Onset of Type 1 Diabetes Associated with Lower Brain Connectivity Later in Life

Children and adolescents older than age 8 at the onset of type 1 diabetes had weaker brain connectivity when tested later in life relative to those who had earlier ages of diagnosis, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences researchers discovered. 

Best ENAR Student Presentation Award Announcement

The Department of Biostatistics announces the winner and honorable mentions for the 2014 Best ENAR Student Presentation Award. 

Falls Among Pennsylvania Elderly Reduced by State Program

A low-cost program reduced falls in the elderly by 17 percent statewide, illustrating the value and effectiveness of using existing aging services, such as senior centers, in preventing falls, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study determined. 

Pitt Public Health Graduate Named Deputy Director

The Allegheny County Health Department today announced the appointment of Roderick L. Harris, DrPH, as Deputy Director of Community Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.  

PhD Travel Award Announcement

Biostatistics PhD student Qing Liu has won the Biopharmaceutical Section Travel Award for JSM 2014. 

MS Travel Award Announcement

The Department of Biostatistics would like to congratulate the winners for the first annual MS Travel awards.    

High Consumption of Fish Oil May Benefit Cardiovascular Health, Pitt Public Health Finds

Eating fish in amounts comparable to those of people living in Japan seems to impart a protective factor that wards off heart disease, according to an international study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.  

Pitt Public Health Analysis Provides Guidance on Hospital Community Benefit Programs

A new analysis led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health offers insights for nonprofit hospitals in implementing community health improvement programs. 

Well Aged Article in Pitt Magazine

Those living to age 90 and older are a population group that's increasing fastest among the elderly generation. Anne B. Newman, a Pitt physician and epidemiologist, has spent most of her career deciphering the mysteries of longevity and healthy aging, and her research offers insight for all of us.  

Professor links peer pressure to health choices

Shoham, an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago's Department of Public Health Sciences, researches the connection between social networking and its effect on levels of obesity, to prove whether close friends have a large impact on a person’s health choices.   

Jessica Burke Featured in Pitt Public Health Magazine

Check out Jessica Burke in Pitt Public Health Magazine. 

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Parker elected Hastings Center fellow 

Parker elected Hastings Center fellow

PITTWIRE - HUGEN's Lisa Parker was recently elected fellow to The Hastings Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of research scholars studying ethical questions in medicine, science and technology that help inform policy, practice and public understanding. Parker, along with Robert Arnold o... (02/05/2020)
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Sabik sees decline in late stage cancer diagnoses after health reform law 

Sabik sees decline in late stage cancer diagnoses after health reform law

PITT WIRE - Advanced stage cancer diagnoses declined following health insurance expansion in Massachusetts, likely due to increased access to screening and diagnostic services that identified cancers earlier, according to new research led by health economists including HPM's Lindsay Sabik. “Colorec... (01/28/2020)
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Pittsburgh named one of the world’s smartest cities 

Pittsburgh named one of the world’s smartest cities

NEWSWEEK - Pittsburgh has been named one of the world’s smartest cities, as part of Newsweek’s 2019 Momentum Awards. Pittsburgh has undergone a dramatic environmental and technological transformation over recent years, earning its reputation as one of America's "most livable" cities, ranks among th... (01/08/2020)


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El Khoudary finds heart disease risk grows as women move through menopause 

El Khoudary finds heart disease risk grows as women move through menopause

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - A marker for heart disease risk considerably worsens as women transition through menopause. Black women experience this accelerated decline earlier in menopause than their white counterparts. According EPI's Samar El Khoudary, the findings add to growing evidence that menopaus... (02/10/2020)
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Sabik finds decline in advanced stage cancer diagnoses following health reform law 

Sabik finds decline in advanced stage cancer diagnoses following health reform law

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Advanced stage cancer diagnoses declined following health insurance expansion in Massachusetts, likely due to increased access to screening and diagnostic services that identified cancers earlier, according to new research led by health economists including HPM's Lindsay Sabik... (02/04/2020)
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Miller's research proves program effective in preventing dating violence with middle school students 

Miller's research proves program effective in preventing dating violence with middle school students

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Coaching Boys Into Men, a program that seeks to prevent dating violence and sexual assault, reduces abusive behaviors among middle school male athletes toward their female peers, according to clinical trial results published in JAMA Pediatrics. The trial, examining the short- ... (01/28/2020)