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.
HAZEL Minimizes Post-Disaster Deficits in Access to NY Primary Care Services
The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has funded creation of a tool to help New York City public health professionals find the most effective ways to restore primary care access after disasters. Disasters can disrupt primary care services, resulting in a gap between the ability of healthcare providers to deliver care, and the increased healthcare needs of the population. This gap is called the access deficit. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh developed the HAZEL (hazard-area primary care locator) modeling tool to allow users to test the impact of interventions such as back-up systems, alternative service plans, and policy modifications on the access deficit. Read more.
APHA 2015: Special Session on social determinants of inequalities in infectious disease outbreaks
A special session at APHA this year will feature talks that draw attention to and showcase studies documenting and analyzing the causes behind the phenomenon of unequal levels of illness and death during infectious disease outbreaks. Dr. Supriya Kumar will be presenting results from a systematic review of the social determinants of acute respiratory infection. Other speakers include Allison Aiello, James Hadler, and Sandra Quinn. Corinna Dan of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy will moderate the session. View the entire session here.