Applications for admission to the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences are processed through the Office of Student Affairs at Pitt Public Health. You must apply for the MPH, PhD, and DrPH programs through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for graduate schools of public health. Please note, SOPHAS submits applications to Pitt Public Health only after all required materials are received. Applicants who have submitted applications may track their status online.
Please review the Pitt Public Health requirements for admission before applying.
For more information about applying, tuition and financial aid, please visit Pitt Public Health admissions, or contact Paul Markgraf by phone at 412-624-3107 or e-mail.
PhD applicants must hold a post-baccalaureate degree, e.g. a master of science degree, in a discipline relevant to public health, such as social work or anthropology, or an MD or JD. DrPH applicants must either hold an MPH degree or a post-baccalaureate degree in a discipline relevant to public health. DrPH applicants who do not hold an MPH degree must complete the Pitt Public Health school core courses in addition to the requirements for the DrPH degree if accepted. A degree from a school accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is highly desirable.
In addition to the application materials required of all students, international students must submit an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam and a WES evaluation. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the written test or 100 on the Internet test is required for all foreign students. The minimum acceptable score on the IELTS is Band 7, and applicants must take the academic writing and reading modules of the test.
Review by departmental committees takes an average of four to six weeks. As soon as an application is returned to the Office of Student Affairs, the applicant will be notified of the admissions committee’s decision.
Application deadlines for all programs