Edmund M. Ricci, PhD, MLitt Graduate School of Public Health

Research Areas of Interest and Highlights

Dr. Ricci's primary technical areas are evaluation and survey research methods. Most recently, his work has focused on the areas of minority health disparities, long-term care services and institutions, emergency and disaster medicine, and substance abuse intervention programs. He has designed, directed, or participated in more than 300 evaluation studies, dealing with a wide range of health and human service programs and organizations.

Education and Background

Dr. Ricci is a Professor of Sociology in Public Health at the Graduate School of Public Health in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. He is also the Director of the Institute for Evaluation Science in Community Health and the Associate Director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute on Aging. He teaches a doctoral seminar in "Advanced Evaluation Techniques" and participate in other courses as a lecturer. He also mentors doctoral and master's degree students and directs the Certificate Program in Evaluation Science.


Dr. Ricci has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, committee on emergency medical services, and chair of the Health Services Research Training Study Section of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (1999 to 2003). He also serves as a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Social Work in Public Health, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine and Race and Social Problems. He is a member of the Behavioral Sciences Council, Association of Schools of Public Health, and the scientific advisory committee for the International Resuscitation Research Center. He has been a visiting faculty member at the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Lisbon, Portugal; and the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. He also servea as a member of the Board of Examiners, Sir Venkateswara University, Andhra Pradesh, India and served as an advisor/instructor, World Health Organization Center, Kobi, Japan.