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Health Sciences Diversity | Excellence in Health Professions Education

“Often, disparities exist because people are unaware of issues affecting communities outside of their own. Diversity exposes different perspectives that are needed to solve very complex problems.” -Kahleb Graham, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Class of 2011

University of Pittsburgh's Schools of the Health Sciences value the richness diversity achieves.

The Office of Health Sciences Diversity exists to foster an inclusive environment for students, trainees, and faculty within the health professions schools and to increase the number of well-trained professionals who reflect different cultures, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, abilities, genders, religious affiliations, gender identities and expressions, and sexual orientations.

This site was designed to emphasize the awareness of diversity within the Schools of the Health Sciences and to serve as a resource for students, faculty and staff. If you have questions and cannot find the answers here, please contact us.


Yuan Chang

Pitt’s Dr. Yuan Chang Appointed to National Cancer Advisory Board

President Barack Obama recently appointed a physician-scientist in the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), partner with UPMC CancerCenter, to a national board charged with identifying the most promising cancer research projects nationwide.  Yuan Chang,M.D., Distinguished Professor of Pathology in Pitt’s School of Medicine, has been appointed with four other scientists to serve as members of the National Cancer Advisory Board. Read more here...


America is undergoing an extreme makeover. By 2050, you won’t even recognize her. But rapid diversification is one of the main drivers of our economic success. In recent decades, waves of immigration as well as financial and social mobility have not only changed the face of America but also ushered in a wealth of fresh perspectives, skills and technologies. Click here to read the report.


Katherine SeelmanUniversity of Pittsburgh Katherine D. Seelman Named by President Obama to National Disability Council

Katherine D. Seelman, Associate Dean of Disability Programs in the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS), has been appointed as a member of the National Council on Disability (NCD) by President Barack Obama. Dr. Seelman was part of the staff of the same independent federal agency in its formative period when it helped to enact the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. In the intervening quarter-century, Dr. Seelman has gone from working for the NCD as a public policy research specialist to becoming one of its 15 appointed members who advise presidents, Congress, and policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels. Read more>>


Diversity in Practice Speaker Series

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 6 (located on the 4th floor - Lothrop Street entrance)

"African Genetic Ancestry is Associated with Sleep Depth in Older African Americans"

Speaker: Indrani Halder, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine

Sponsored by Health Sciences Diversity - Black History Month 2016 Spotlight on Disparities


Diversity in Practice Speaker Series

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 3 (located on the 4th floor - Terrace Street entrance)

"Differences in Physicians' Verbal and Nonverbal Communication with Black and White Patients at the End of Life"

Speaker: Amber Barnato, MD, MPH, MS, FACPM
Associate Professor of Medicine, Clinical and Translational Science, Health Policy and Management and Director of the Section of Decision Sciences, University of Pittsburgh,
School of Medicine.

Sponsored by Health Sciences Diversity - Black History Month 2016
Spotlight on Disparities


University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences
2016 Health Disparities Poster Competition

Call for Abstracts: Submission Deadline February 12, 2016

University of Pittsburgh graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, and first professional students (MD, DMD, PharmD, Rehabilitation Science, and Nursing) in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including psychology and social work, are invited to submit abstracts for the 2016 HEALTH DISPARITIES POSTER COMPETITION.

Sponsored by the Schools of the Health Sciences, this event will give young researchers an opportunity to present their work and expand their scientific professional skill set. The term “disparities” applies to differences in health status in any studied population compared to the comparable majority (or more commonly studied) population. We expect to see work in disparities based upon race or ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, and other parameters.

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Thomas Starzl Biomedial Science Tower South Lobby

For additional information, please Mary Ann Merranko at 412-648-2066 or"KOCHADAIIYAAN"
February 11, 2016
6:00 pm
Cathedral of Learning, room 501

This 2014 Tamil historical fiction film is India's first produced photorealist motion capture film, and it is fascinating for its treatment of its superstar main actor in animated form. In addition, we will screen pixelated and rotoscoped cartoons to think about the animation of human movement through motion capture technology.

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