Welcome to the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory
Areas of active research include:
The PHDL is on the vanguard of public health research and computational modeling, and takes an active role in the development of open source computational tools for the analysis of public health issues. Some of our systems are highlighted in the display on this page. These databases and programs support several major research projects including:
The PHDL also serves as a link between Graduate School of Public Health, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Simulation and Modeling and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, as well as the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, Art and Science and collaborators at Carnegie Mellon University. The PHDL provides an invigorating research environment for faculty, students and post-doctoral fellows interested in advancing computational approaches to problems in public health.
Dr. Hawre Jalal joins PHDL faculty
The PHDL is pleased to announce the newest member of the lab faculty. Hawre Jalal, MD, PhD, joined the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health department of Health Policy and Management as an Assistant Professor this week. Hawre earned his MD degree in Iraq, practiced there for several years, and then completed a PhD in Heath Services Research, Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota, with a concentration in decision sciences. He recently completed a 2-year post-doc at Stanford in the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (CHP/PCOR). Dr. Jalal will be working on many modeling projects and has expertise in operations research techniques, optimization, decision modeling and simulation.
PHDL Director Mark S. Roberts Received the Career Achievement Award from the Society for Medical Decision Making
Mark Roberts, M.D., M.P.P., professor and chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, and Director, Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, Pitt Public Health received one of the highest accolades offered by the professional society he joined more than 30 years ago as a medical student. He received the Career Achievement Award of the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) during its 36th Annual North American Meeting in Miami. The SMDM’s members include scientists from a variety of disciplines including decision science, psychology, health economics, operations research, biostatistics, clinical epidemiology and informatics. The award recognizes distinguished senior investigators who have made significant contributions to the field of medical decision making.