The MPH program provides students with an epidemiological approach to public health, which includes a broad overview to epidemiology, biostatistics, and the environmental influences on health, public health planning, and health services.


Master’s Program Alumni Careers

Recent graduates hold positions with the following:

  • research assistant positions at state, county, and local health departments
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • National Institutes of Health, including National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Aging
  • hospitals
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • medical and dental school
  • PhD programs in epidemiology or biostatistics

Recent Essay Titles

Master’s Research Titles

  • Trends in Cardiovascular Risk Factor Management in Type 1 Diabetes by Sex: The Pittsburgh EDC Study 
  • Identifying Barriers to Lifestyle Modification through Evaluation of a Community-Based Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Prefrontal Cortex Activation During Dual Task Conditions in Older and Younger Adults
  • Spatial and Temporal Trends of Dengue Hermorrhagic Fever in Myanmar from 2004 to 2014
  • Using Childhood Cancer Incidence Trends over Time as a Surveillance Tool in Evaluating the Health Outcome Impact of Unconventional Shale Gas Development in PA
  • Clinical Trial of High-Dose Green Tea Extract in Hepatocellular Injury in Postmenopausal Women in the United States

Browse additional titles in D-Scholarship | Institutional Repository at the University of Pittsburgh


Graduates will be able to...

  • Identify major health issues in the population, and describe these issues in terms of magnitude, person, place, time, and their associated risk factors
  • Identify and locate key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes
  • Calculate and interpret basic epidemiology measures
  • Describe models of disease etiology and control
  • Identify the principles and limitations of public health screening programs
  • Describe research study designs and understand their application, strengths, and limitations
  • Recognize basic ethical principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data
  • Conduct basic epidemiologic analyses using descriptive and inferential statistical approaches
  • Interpret epidemiologic results in a causal framework
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of the epidemiologic literature
  • Communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences

All graduates also achieve the core and cross-cutting competencies for Pitt Public Health MPH students.


  • 45 credits through coursework, practicum experience, and research
  • Foundational public health courses
  • Advanced courses in epidemiology and
  • On-site public health practicum experience
  • Advanced thesis or essay research in an area of specialization

Full program information

Student Handbook
MPH internship information
Program Requirements/Graduation Check Lists

Masters Program Contacts

Nancy W. Glynn
Assistant professor of epidemiology, and director of the master’s degree programs
5120 Public Health

Lori Smith
Student services manager, and program administrator
5117 Public Health