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.
NEW course offered fall 2015: Global Epidemiology of Vaccines and Vaccinations
The PHDL’s Dr. Wilbert Van Panhuis introduces a new 2-credit course, Global Epidemiology of Vaccines and Vaccinations, this fall. This course will prepare students for entry-level positions in vaccine research or operations for academic, government, or private sector institutions, and provide a broad introduction to a wide range of vaccine-related topics ranging from biological mechanisms of vaccines to vaccine financing.
The course will be taught twice a week on the University of Pittsburgh campus. See more (PDF).
Dr. Zan Dodson joins the PHDL
The PHDL is pleased to announce the newest member of the lab, Zan Dodson, PhD. Zan recently completed his PhD in Geographical Sciences from the University of Maryland, applying mixed methods to examine the impact of health status on economic well-being at the human-environment interface. Dr. Dodson will be working on several projects related to the geospatial nature of the data used in FRED, and he has expertise in geospatial analysis and the display of geographic information.