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Student Scholars

The Pitt Public Health's incoming class will include seven Dean's Public Health Scholars. This recently established program supports outstanding incoming master's students from each department who receive a 50% tuition scholarship to support up to two years of full-time graduate study.

Get to know a few of Pitt Public Health's current scholars:

Meet Amanda Everman (HUGEN '18), Dean's Scholar

“I don’t think I chose public health. Public health chose me....The more I learned about genetics, the more I knew it was what I wanted to focus on for my career,” she says. The Philadelphia native and Penn State grad says the short distance from her hometown and in-state tuition are nice bonuses, and she’s enjoying her new city. “I was surprised at how different Pittsburgh is from Philadelphia."  

Meet Simon Yohannes (MMPH '17), Dean's Scholar

Third-year medical student Simon Yohannes decided on Pitt Public Health's Multidisciplinary Master of Public Health  to better serve the communities he cares about most. “I chose public health because of my interest in psychiatry—particularly in immigrant and refugee populations.” 

Meet BCHS's Sarah Sanders, Dean's Scholar

Dean's Scholar Sarah Sanders (BCHS '18) chose to pursue a career in public health after she was exposed to the roadblocks women and families sometimes face when trying to access consistent, quality health care. “On a small scale I was able to address some of these barriers,” she says, “I envision a world, or at least a city, where culturally competent health care pervades on a community level, where folks are being cared for at every interval o... 

Meet Helen Ann Lawless, MPH student in BCHS

Like many high school students who excel in the quantitative sciences and express a desire to enter health care, Helen Ann Lawless (BCHS '18) was encouraged to become a doctor.  “Once I discovered the field of public health, I knew I could still be involved in the health field while exploring my interests in population health, I changed my major...and never looked back.”  Today, she marvels on her journey from a Pitt undergraduate to a Pitt Pub... 

Meet Joanna Shaw (IDM ’18), Dean’s Scholar

Unsure of whether to pursue an MD, a PhD, or both, incoming Dean's Scholar JOANNA SHAW chose Pitt Public Health's Department of Infections Diseases and Microbiology to further develop her research and lab skills while she solidifies her research and career plans... 

Meet Dean's Scholar Peter Lewellen (HPM '18)

Meet  Peter Lewellen , a pre-med graduate of Duke University and incoming Dean's Scholar in the Department of Health Policy and Management. A native of Manitowoc, WI, Lewellen is pursuing his Master of Health Administration (MHA) and also plans to complete the department's Health Systems Engineering Certificate with Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering... 

Support Scholarships

Even small contributions can really add up when supporting scholarships at Pitt Public Health. Give online or contact the school's development team by e-mail or phone (412-624-5639) to discuss how you can help make a difference.

As featured in print

You may have noticed this story in the Fall 2016 edition (PDF) of the Pitt Public Health alumni magazine.

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