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Why Pitt Public Health?


Since 1948, as Pennsylvania's first fully accredited graduate school of public health and the 13th in the nation, Pitt Public Health has been educating leaders, engaging in service and research, and translating research into public health practices and policies to improve the health of people regionally, nationally, and globally.


  • Has accredited programs in all major fields of public health practice and research, as well as health care administration and genetic counseling
  • Collaborates with Pitt’s five other schools of health sciences, as well as the schools of law, social work, and public and international affairs
  • Offers a unique learning connection to UPMC, the largest multihospital system in the state of Pennsylvania
  • Maintains close working relationships with other health care providers, governments, and communities
  • Provides a wide variety of student organizations to help you gain knowledge and experience in the field
  • Receives significant support from alumni, donors, and industry
  • Is a major research powerhouse – consistently one of the top five recipients of National Institutes of Health funding among all schools of public health 

Minimize Share in the vision

As a graduate of one of the nation’s top public health schools, you’ll become part of Pitt Public Health’s vision to be a world leader in improving health.

And we have realized that vision by making many groundbreaking contributions that have influenced public health practice and medical care over the years. Among them are:
  • The earliest National Cancer Institute-funded biostatistical studies of steelworkers in the 1950s and their increased risk factor for lung cancer, which led to the first safety standards implemented by OSHA in the early 1970s.
  • Early trials on immunization showing gamma globulin injection was effective in preventing polio, that laid the theoretical groundwork for the subsequent development of the first Salk polio vaccine at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Seminal studies of the systemic treatment of breast cancer and trials of the drug tamoxifen, which led to fewer radical mastectomies, more less-invasive lumpectomies, and improved survival rates, and the development of genetically targeted breast cancer therapies.
  • Establishment of the concept of gender-based biology in the 1990s, which highlighted the underrepresentation of women in biological studies and shed light on differences in rates of illness, metabolization of medications, and lifestyle-related health issues between men and women.
  • A study evaluating the health care provided to uninsured low-income children in Southwestern Pennsylvania, which ultimately swayed Congress to expand the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to all 50 states.
  • Creation of the Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Health Research, the world’s first certificate program geared toward LGBT health, whose studies found that HIV/AIDs risk factors are fueled by other behaviors, such as drug use, violence, child sexual abuse, and mental health issues, such as depression and social stigma.
  • And we are currently studying the public health implications of the Marcellus Shale industry and its effect on the environment, which will likely inform the health policies of the next decades.

Minimize Get a job in the field

Because we believe that becoming credentialed in public health is an important part of helping professionals stay on the cutting edge of the field, Pitt Public Health will cover the cost of your Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam, which is approximately $400.

For graduates who wish to strengthen their teaching skills, we also offer a special non-credit training credential, the Student Certification in Teaching Fundamentals, which covers teaching methods, mentoring/advising, classroom methods, and ethical issues.

In addition, Pitt Public Health offers extensive career servicesto help you compose a strategic and effective job campaign in your field of study and/or interest. These services are available while you are in school and even after you graduate. A variety of career planning services are offered, including:
  • skill-building workshops for resume writing and mock interviews,
  • online job-matching,
  • special events like career fairs and the Alumni-Student Networking Breakfast,
  • other alumni networking opportunities, and
  • individual career counseling by appointment.

What do new graduates Do?

Check out these snapshots from our annual graduate outcomes report.

Outcomes by department are available in the full report.

Base: Total AY14-15 Grads (n=224)Students were surveyed twice - on average, 6 months post-graduation and 18 months post-graduation

Base: AY14-15 Grads with status of Employed as fall 2016 (n=184)




Using data from Recent Grad Survey of 2014-2015 graduates.

Plan a visit

Want to explore interest areas and career options, find the best fit among our degree programs and departments, and meet students and faculty?

Visit the school, participate in an information session, or attend our annual Open House each fall.

Why Pittsburgh?

We're in one of the best cities in the country, no lie... a "most livable" burgh, loved by tech nerds, foodies, outdoor adventurers, artists, and home-bodies. Find out why.

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Pittsburgh: Best place to retire 

Pittsburgh: Best place to retire

CNBC - Most of our students aren’t thinking about retirement, but the reasons Pittsburgh is a great place to live and study also make it the top city for retirement. Come visit...and stay! (11/09/2017)



HQPITTSBURGH.COM -  Pittsburgh's recent HQ2 proposal highlights the region's talent, space, infrastructure, and will to invent and to grow. Regional strengths include a world-class, diverse talent pool, high quality of life, low cost of living, a stable and collaborative business environment, forwa... (10/24/2017)

The 10 Coolest Neighborhoods in America Right Now 

The 10 Coolest Neighborhoods in America Right Now

TIME MAGAZINE -  Granting top honors to Pittsburgh's East Liberty & Lawrenceville neighborhoods, Time's MONEY rankings cite the steel town's reinvigorated cool factor and  influx of new bars, restaurants, and hotels. They signal out the Ace Hotel (and cool bar), housed in a former YMCA where guest... (10/07/2017)

Pittsburgh: Best U.S. city for millennials! 

Pittsburgh: Best U.S. city for millennials!

CURBED - Look at the stats! In addition to a raft of articles talking about the city’s growing tech sector, a new report from the Brookings Institution just found that Pittsburgh’s per capita university research and development (R&D) spending was nearly two and a half times the national average, and... (09/14/2017)
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