MPH/PhD Social Work

Master of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work

This joint program with the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work prepares students to fulfill leadership roles in public health systems or academic settings with a particular focus on maternal and child health. Students in this program, have opportunities to work with local organizations on a variety of planning, evaluation, and research activities.


Graduates will be able to...

  • Demonstrate ability to apply principles of community-based participatory research and practice to community health assessment
  • Develop quantitative and qualitative skills that can be applied to program planning and evaluation
  • Demonstrate process of planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and policies
  • Communicate in writing information to the public, to stakeholders and to policymakers
  • Apply theory to program planning and evaluation

All graduates also achieve the core and cross-cutting competencies for Pitt Public Health MPH students.


  • 72 credits, including coursework and research
  • Foundational public health courses
  • Advanced courses in health communications, program planning, and behavioral theories
  • Advanced courses in research methods and statistics
  • Advanced dissertation research in an area of specialization

Full program information

MPH Student Handbook
Social Work Requirements


Steven M. Albert
Professor and Chair
Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
6126 Public Health
Pittsburgh, PA 15261