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Overview of Financial Aid

IDM Doctoral Students

The department offers a comprehensive and competitive package to support students throughout their graduate careers.

Annual Stipend

As of 2017, the stipend amounts to $27,000 per year. The department provides stipend support for the student’s first two semesters, independent of any teaching or research commitment. After the first two semesters, the student's faculty research advisor provides support.

Health Insurance

The University of Pittsburgh provides excellent health insurance options, providing doctoral students with complete medical coverage free of charge; supplementary dental and vision plans are also available. Spouses and children can be included in our medical plans at very reasonable costs.

Tuition Waivers

For doctoral students, tuition is paid in full every semester. This benefit can amount to about $20,000 per semester depending on the student’s course load and residency status.

IDM Master Students

Scholarships, outside funding opportunities, and loans are available financial aid options for master level students. Current master students support themselves through loans, scholarships, and part-time employment within and outside of the School and University.

Tuition Grants & Scholarships

IDM has a limited amount of partial tuition scholarships reserved for the most outstanding master level applicants. Applicants and students are encouraged to visit the Financial Aid page, listing grants and scholarships available to Pitt Public Health students. Applicants are encouraged to apply for scholarships and seek external funding sources prior to beginning their education at Pitt Public Health.

Department Financial Aid

IDM will provide $1,000 - $3,000 in first semester financial aid to the first 50% of accepted applicants that accept our offer and matriculate.

Accelerated Progress

For the MS, MPH-PEL, and MPH-MIC programs, an accelerated schedule is available where full-time students have the opportunity to graduate early, which saves up to $20,000! For more information on the accelerated progress per degree program, please visit the MS, MPH-PEL, or MPH-MIC program pages or email Please note that accelerated progress is exclusive to the degree program. Any additional certificate interests may require the full 2 years to graduate.

Travel Grants

IDM has grants available to help supplement travel costs for master and doctoral students presenting a poster, giving an oral presentation at a domestic or international conference, or completing a practicum abroad. More travel funds through Pitt Public Health and other School organizations can be found on Pitt Public Health’s Financial Aid page under “Other Financial Support – Travel Awards for Conferences and International Study.” Current students interested in applying for a travel grant through IDM, please complete the Request Form by clicking  here.


Student loan applications are processed by the University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (OAFA). For instructions, eligibility requirements, and more, please visit the OAFA website. To apply for a federal or state loan, students need to complete the FAFSA and FAAS. Generally, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The suggested deadline to complete these forms are June 1 (fall term), October 1 (spring term), and February 1 (summer term). Students are encouraged to apply early. The FAAS will need the signature of the School’s Admissions Coordinator.  Call 412-624-7488 to check the status of your loan application.


Students who have secured employment positions within the School or University locate positions through the Weekly Update, Pitt Bridges (login required), University’s job listing, networking with their faculty advisor, and contacting directors of Pitt Public Health’s research centers.

Free Transportation

The University of Pittsburgh has arranged for free transportation throughout Allegheny County via the Port Authority Transit (PAT) bus system. Any bus - anytime, anywhere - is free, including those to downtown and the airport. For more information on the Port Authority of Allegheny County please visit their website.

University Student Health Services

Students who pay the student health service fee each semester are covered from the first day of the semester to the last. Students have access to the majority of medical services available at the Student Health Service facility at little or no additional cost. For more information on the fees and the services the student health services offers please visit their website.

University Fitness Centers

The student fitness centers provide structured activities and maintain open recreation facilities for the university population of 38,000 students, faculty and staff. All full-time Pitt students have the opportunity to receive a free fitness assessment at the Baierl Student Recreation Center, Trees Hall Fitness Center or Bellefield Fitness Center. Bike rentals and outdoor recreation programs are also available. For more information, please visit their website.

Discounts on Pittsburgh Activities

Pitt students have the opportunity to visit many of Pittsburgh’s museums free as well as get discounted tickets to various shows around Pittsburgh. For more information, visit Pitt Arts.

Coverdell Fellows Program

Pitt Public Health and the Center for Global Health are proud to announce a partnership with the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, which will provide qualified Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) financial support towards a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree as well as experience working with local underserved communities.

Coverdell Fellows will receive a 25 percent tuition + fees scholarship for up to four academic terms of study. RPCVs interested in pursuing an MPH degree in BCHSEPIDEMHPM, or IDM are eligible to apply. For more information visit

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