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A twice monthly e-newsletter featuring updates and announcements for students and faculty from the Office of Student Affairs, the Graduate School of Public Health, and the University.


Schedule your Blood Drive appointment today with Vitalant (formerly Central Blood Bank)

The Pitt Public Health Student Government Association is sponsoring a Blood Drive on Wednesday, December 5 and there are multiple ways to schedule an appointment in advance to save time. You can do it online, as always, but this time go to, as Central Blood Bank is now called Vitalant. We're still under the participation code CU190022. You can also schedule by contacting, or via the Vitalant app. Lastly, walk-i... 

Tell us about your honors by December 3

Each February, the University recognizes students that have received merit-based awards at Pitt’s annual Honors Convocation event. If you received an award, prize, or honor in the 2018 calendar year, whether it be from Pitt Public Health, the University, or an outside organization, we want to know! Submit your 2018 achievements by December 3.   

Academic Deadlines

School and University Updates

Provost announces new monthly office hours (11/20 & 12/14)

Provost Ann Cudd invites faculty, staff, and students to meet with her directly to share suggestions, feedback, and concerns during monthly office hours to be held in the Office of the Provost suite, 801 Cathedral of Learning. 

Faculty Mentoring Book Discussion with Velpandi Ayyavoo

Join Velpanid Ayyavoo, Pitt Public Health's associate dean for research and faculty affairs, on Thursday, November 29 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m for a candid discussion of the book Faculty Mentoring. Space is limited so register right away to get your spot and free book!  

World AIDS Day Conference

Bringing together experts in prevention, risk reduction, and treatment, this conference will enable physicians, nurses and other HIV care providers to recognize signs and symptoms in a diverse population and to effectively treat individuals diagnosed with HIV. Pre-register for the whole conference, or attend any of five sessions approved for public health Grand Rounds credit.   

It's feedback time!: OMET student surveys are now available to students

The end of the semester is quickly approaching and so are the deadlines to complete the OMET Teaching Survey! Surveys opened on Monday, November 19 and will end on Saturday, December 15. Students can access the survey via the CourseWeb landing page. Instructors should check out this week’s Teaching Tip to increase student response rates!  

Register now for the Annual Practicum/Internship Symposium

Register now for the Annual Praticum/ Internship Symposium, Monday, November 26 from 5:30-8 p.m. This event will feature organizers of large sites and a student panel that will share their recent experiences practica/ internship experiences. A light dinner and refreshments will accompany the networking/ mini-internship fair from 7-8 p.m. Registration deadline is November 20.  

Advanced Faculty Leadership Academy to transform academic leaders

Mid-career and senior faculty are encouraged to apply for a year-long professional development program designed to cultivate transformative academic leaders through shared leadership training. This program will equip you with the knowledge and interpersonal skills critical to motivating and inspiring outstanding team performance.  

Saturday 12/1 - Center for Global Health Deadline

Deadline: PCMI Holiday Package Collection

The Center for Global Health is collecting items for IDM & Peace Corps Masters International (PCMI)  student, Megan Arden. Drop off your contribution to the Center for Global Health in room A310 Public Health. If you choose to send something other than a card, it must be smal...

Teaching Tips

How to increase OMET student survey response rates

OMET student surveys are now open. Find out how to increase the number of responses you get from your students. Check out these tips from faculty around the university who have received high response rates. 

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Career Services and Professional Development

2018 Women in Medicine and Science Forum: Register Today

This year's event will focus on women’s health and wellness in academia and will feature nationally renowned speakers, as well as presenters and mentors from within the Pitt community. Nov 27-28. Hosted by the Office of Academic Career Development (OACD) for the Health Sciences.  

Wednesday 11/21 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Career Services Workshop

Postdoctoral Orientation to Career Development

Hosted by the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development (DPCD), this seminar provides a framework for career development and introduces new trainees to strategies, programs, and resources that can be integrated throughout training. S123 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

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