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Application Requirements


Degree and Certificate Requirements

All degree and certificate applicants must have completed Pitt Public Health's prerequisite courses.

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Applicants must possess:
  • U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or the equivalent degree from a foreign school and substantial knowledge in a discipline relevant to public health, either through study, experience, or both.
  • Applicants who don’t already have a graduate degree are required to submit scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions (general test) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Departments may require GRE scores from any applicant. In some cases, results of the LSAT, MCAT, or DAT may be substituted.
Master of Health Administration (MHA)
Applicants must possess:
  • U.S. bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or the equivalent degree from a foreign school and substantial knowledge in a discipline relevant to public health, either through study, experience, or a combination.
  • All applicants must submit scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions (general test) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Multidisciplinary Master of Public Health (MMPH)
  • Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in the health sciences, be an advanced medical, dental, or veterinary student, or hold a relevant doctoral degree in a related field (considered on an individual basis).  More information on the MMPH program.
  • In most cases, official scores from the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions (general test) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be submitted. GRE waivers will be granted on a case by case basis provided MCAT, PCAT, DAT or USMLE/ECFMG scores are submitted in place of the GRE.

Note: If you're a graduate of a foreign medical or dental school, you must hold a valid medical or dental license in the United States, be eligible for licensure, be in a residency or fellowship program, or be a visiting clinician planning to return to your native country.

Master of Science (MS)
Applicants must possess:
  • A Bachelor's degree in arts, science, engineering, or nursing, or an MD, DDS, or DVM from an approved U.S. school or equivalent foreign degree
  • Evidence of adequate training in the sciences basic to public health (some applicants may be admitted at the discretion of the faculty, making up deficiencies as prescribed)
Applicants may be required to take any examinations deemed necessary to satisfy the faculty as to the applicants' qualifications. In most cases, official scores from the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions (general test) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be submitted.

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
Applicants must:
  • Have an MPH or other graduate degree in a relevant field, or
  • Fulfill admission requirements for the MPH
  • Demonstrate (or have demonstrated previously) ability for leadership in their field, as well as for advancement of scientific knowledge
Most DrPH applicants are required to submit scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions (general test) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Check the department to which you're applying for more specific requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Applicants must:
  • Possess an U.S. graduate or bachelor's degree, or the equivalent degree from a foreign school, in a field relevant to the PhD program to which they are applying
  • Have had sufficient courses in mathematics and the biological and social sciences
  • Have had sufficient prerequisite courses in the field to which they are applying
Applicants who don't already have a graduate degree are required to submit scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions (general test) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Departments may require GRE scores from any applicant. In some cases, LSAT, MCAT, or DAT scores may be submitted.

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Department-Specific Requirements

Each program has specific requirements. Once you know which program(s) you're applying to, be sure to review the departmental requirements.
Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Biostatistics
Environmental and Occupational Health
Epidemiology
Health Policy and Management
Human Genetics
Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Multidisciplinary Master of Public Health (for clinically trained health professionals)

Certificate Programs
Applicants must possess:
  • U.S. bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or the equivalent degree from a foreign school and substantial knowledge in a discipline relevant to public health, either through study, experience, or a combination
  • Applicants who don't already have a graduate degree must submit scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions (general test) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Departments may require GRE scores from any applicant. In some cases, results of the LSAT, MCAT, or DAT may be substituted.
Non-Degree Status
  • Applicants must have a U.S. bachelor's degree or the equivalent foreign degree
  • Students may enroll in 12 credits of non-degree study before applying into a degree-seeking program
More information on non-degree study

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GRE Requirements for Degree Programs

Each department reserves the right to require that any applicant submit an official GRE score report, even if the chart indicates that under the specified circumstances the GRE is generally waived. No photocopies of GRE score reports will be accepted. Use Pitt Public Health code 4234 to send your official GRE scores;department codes are NOT used.

GRE Scores
  Master of Science Master of Public Health Master of Health Administration Doctor of Philosophy Doctor of Public Health
Behavioral and Community Health Sciences N/A Required*

All international applicants MUST submit GRE scores.
N/A Required Required
Biostatistics Required Required N/A Required N/A
Environmental and Occupational Health Required* Required*,** N/A Required* Required*,**
Epidemiology Required**

All international applicants MUST submit GRE scores.
Required**

All international applicants MUST submit GRE scores.
N/A Required**

All international applicants MUST submit GRE scores.
Required**

All international applicants MUST submit GRE scores.
Health Policy & Management Required Required

MPH/JD: Must submit LSAT scores.
Required Required N/A
Human Genetics

Required*

All international applicants MUST submit GRE scores.

Genetic Counseling:
Required*
All international applicants MUST submit GRE scores.

Required*

All international applicants MUST submit GRE scores.  

 

N/A

Required*

All international applicants MUST submit GRE scores. 

N/A
Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Required*,**

All international applicants MUST submit GRE scores. 
Required*,**

All international applicants MUST submit GRE scores. 
N/A Required*,**

All international applicants MUST submit GRE scores. 
N/A
Multidisciplinary MPH N/A MCAT or DAT official score report required for all US applicants. All international applicants must submit the GRE scores. N/A N/A N/A
*If you already have a U.S. graduate degree (or the equivalent), contact the department and request a GRE waiver. There is no guarantee that a waiver will be granted. If the GRE requirement is waived, you must request that the department send a written memo to the admissions manager. E-mail this request to the department student services staff: BCHS: Miriam Fagan; EOH: Penny Weiss; HUGEN: Noel Harrie; IDM: Abby Michael

**MCAT or DAT may usually be substituted for GRE.

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School-Wide Prerequisite Courses

Social Science Requirement
MPH candidates must have six college credits in behavioral and social sciences (with a C or better).

Mathematics Requirement
All applicants must have mathematical preparation appropriate for entrance into Principles of Statistical Reasoning, usually consisting of college-level statistics, algebra, or calculus (with a C or better). Advanced placement courses reflected on college transcripts may fulfill this requirement. An ETS administered advanced placement test score of three or higher in calculus or a GRE quantitative score at or above the 70th percentile is also evidence of acceptable preparation.

Other Requirements
Each individual program may have additional prerequisite requirements.  Check the department's Web site for more information.

Certificate Programs

Applicants must meet requirements for admission to MPH.

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