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APHA 2015: Special Session on social determinants of inequalities in infectious disease outbreaks

2015 AM logoA 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.

PublicSource visualizes health data as a public service to raise awareness of consequences of health choices.

back-to-school-vaccinePublicSource presents data from the PA Department of Health to illustrate vaccination rates in Pennsylvania. Readers are also referred to FRED Measles to see herd immunity in action. Quoted in the article is Dr. Wilbert van Panhuis, MIDAS researcher. Read the full article.

NEW course offered fall 2015: Global Epidemiology of Vaccines and Vaccinations

medicine dropThe 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

Zan Dodson, PhDThe 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.

Dr. Hawre Jalal joins PHDL faculty

Hawre Jalal, MD, PhDThe 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 RObertsMark 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.

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