Academics

CPHP-Related Courses at the Graduate School of Public Health
Student Public Health Epidemic Response Effort
Graduate School of Public Health
2015 Bernard D. Goldstein Student Award in Environmental Health Disparities and in Public Health Practice


CPHP-Related Courses at the Graduate School of Public Health

Capstone Course: Problem Solving in Public Health (PUBHLT 2016)

Summer 2015 This is the final course in the public health core curriculum. Students will learn and apply a problem solving methodology to analyze current public health issues from local, national, and global perspectives. Working in interdisciplinary groups, students will recommend interventions and evaluation methods to address specific problems.

Public Health Law and Ethics (HPM 2131 and LAW 5089)

Fall 2015 Public health law affects the lives and the livelihoods of each person every day.  This is a survey course intended to introduce students to the most commonly encountered local, national and world public health legal and ethical issues associated with chronic disease, infectious disease, injury prevention, information privacy and data sharing, reproductive rights, environmental public health, occupational safety, and genomics.

Law in Public Health Practice (HPM 2133)

Spring 2016 This course is the first of its kind offered at the University of Pittsburgh: a practice-based, collaborative learning experience for public health and law students. Together, students will develop interventions relating issues identified by a public health practice partner as requiring the expertise of both cohorts. Recent projects have included analyzing the regulation of tattoo parlors.

Public Health Systems: Legal, Economic, and Operational Foundations (HPM 2143)

This is a required course for the MPH degree in Health Policy & Management. The U.S. Public Health System is compromised of both Public-Sector and Private-Sector entities whose interdependencies and competing interests must be understood by those responsible for decision making and problem solving. This course orients students to the governmental and organizational systems that support population health in the United States and, for purposes of comparison and global operations, in other countries as well. The course examines critical public health system problems with emphasis on health disparities and vunerable populations. Students will hear lectures, engage in case study discussions, and conduct problem-based learning.

Student Public Health Epidemic Response Effort

Student Public Health Epidemic Response Effort (SPHERE)

SPHERE is an organization of University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health students and community members interested in epidemic response, increasing community preparedness, and gaining hands-on experience. SPHERE members participate in outbreak or disaster response activities with local and state health departments, attend monthly meetings, participate in epidemiological investigation trainings, and volunteer at community health events and promotions. All Masters and Doctoral students enrolled at the Graduate School of Public Health or Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response Certificate Program are eligible for SPHERE membership.

Dean's Day 2016

The Center for Public Health Practice is pleased to announce the following awards:

Julia Draghiciu recently received the Center for Public Health Practice Award for Translation and Application of Research to Public Health Policy and Practice. The CPHP Translation Award honors the Graduate School of Public Health Dean’s Day project best demonstrating a contribution to policy making and/or applications for improving practice. Ms. Draghiciu, a student in the Department of Infectious Disease and Microbiology, received the award for her project, “Animal Bite and Rabies Post Exposure Prophylaxis Reporting in Central Zone, Alberta, Canada.”

The Catherine Cartier Ulrich Memorial Award was established by the Center for Public Health Practice to honor the memory of Catherine Cartier Ulrich for her work improving the health of underserved populations. Tragically, Catherine and her husband were killed in a car accident on July 3, 2000. The Cartier Ulrich Memorial Award honors one master's level and one doctoral level student each year and is open to all Dean's Day projects that show a commitment to public health service to the underserved. In 2016, Ms. Maria Aguiluz-Abunto, an MMPH student, was recognized for her master's level work, "Health and Wellness At Gwen's Girls: A Bridging the Gaps Pittsburgh practicum experience," and doctoral candidate, Mr. Steven Meanley, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, was recognized for her work " Identifying Unaware HIV-Positive Status among HIV-Positive Black Men Who Have Sex with Men in the U.S."

2015 Bernard D. Goldstein Student Award in Environmental Health Disparities and in Public Health Practice

The Center for Public Health Practice is accepting applications for the 2015 Bernard D. Goldstein Award in Environmental Health Disparities and Public Health Practice. Any degree-seeking student or postdoctoral fellow who is studying in an area related to public health practice with a faculty member who has an association with CPHP is eligible to apply. One scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $2,000.00.The application deadline is November 16, 2015.

How to Apply:

To obtain an application, click here and scroll down to "Pitt Public Health Aid." Complete your application and attach a brief project overview describing the project or course of study that the applicant has undertaken with the Center for Public Health Practice and faculty contact information for the Center for Public Health Practice faculty member with which the applicant is working or studying. The application should be e-mailed to Leslie Fink (lfink@pitt.edu), Project Coordinator in the Center for Public Health Practice. Please contact her if you have any questions.

Recipients may use the award to defray the costs of, for example, tuition, travel to a conference, membership in a professional organization, textbooks, courses in public speaking or scientific writing, or other opportunities that would enhance their training as a public health practitioner.

  • Gerald Barron, MPH—HPM
  • Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH—HPM
  • Patricia I. Documét, MD, DrPH—BCHS
  • Barbara L. Folb, MPH—BCHS
  • Hasan Guclu, PhD—HPM
  • Supriya Kumar, PhD, MPH—BCHS
  • Margaret A. Potter, JD, MPH—HPM
  • Russell G. Schuh, EdD—School of Medicine
  • Elizabeth Van Nostrand, JD (Ferrell Bjerke)—HPM

Graduate School of Public Health

The Graduate School of Public Health is one of the nation's leading schools of public health, ranking third among schools of public health in terms of NIH funding. All seven of the school’s outstanding departments boast a diverse faculty, rich in backgrounds, disciplinary approaches, and research interests. The Center for Public Health Practice is located within the Graduate School of Public Health.