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University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Launches Certificate Program in LGBT Health and Wellness

PITTSBURGH , Feb. 14 – Given the challenging health issues and disparities in health care faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has launched a first-of-its-kind certificate program in LGBT health and wellness. The program offers students a unique opportunity to learn from and work with leading faculty and researchers in this field. 

“There is a great need for trained professionals who can design and evaluate programs, interventions, epidemiological research and policies related to sexual orientation and gender identity,” said Anthony Silvestre, Ph.D., program co-director and associate professor, Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. “Our program is designed to help students gain a multidisciplinary perspective of LGBT health that can be applied to a broad array of public health professions.”

The 15-credit certificate program, part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research on Health and Sexual Orientation, is open to post-baccalaureate or graduate students in any discipline to help them develop the conceptual and practical skills necessary to identify and address health concerns specific to LGBT populations. The certificate program is co-sponsored by the school’s Departments of Epidemiology, Community and Behavioral Health and Infectious Diseases and Microbiology.

Students interested in the program may contact certificate co-directors Nina Markovic, Ph.D., at; Ron Stall, Ph.D., at; or Dr. Silvestre at

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