Directing Your Gift

Pitt Public Health was established in 1948 with one gift of $13.6 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust. More than 60 years later, Pitt Public Health continues to be supported and sustained by the many generous gifts of alumni, private individuals, foundations, organizations, and corporations.

There are many ways your gift can help Pitt Public Health. Consider a giving option that means the most to you:

Whatever is Needed Most

You may give an unrestricted gift to the school as a whole, or to a specific department. Your gift will be used in the area of greatest need.

Provide Scholarships and Awards for Students

You generosity helps us attract the most promising future public health professionals. Scholarships are available on a school-wide basis and for students in specific departments. You can contribute to an existing scholarship or create one of your own. Your gift might enable a promising student to attend Pitt Public Health who might not otherwise have been able to.

Fund Research Excellence

Every day, Pitt Public Health is developing strategies to build a healthier world through its interdisciplinary areas of excellence. Your gift could help fund a study involving any particular population, including children, women, men, minorities, ethnic groups, the elderly, LGBT individuals, city dwellers, or rural inhabitants, or for a particular discipline.

For example, one recent gift to the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory enabled Pitt Public Health researchers to collaborate with researchers in Taiwan and Brazil to train them in public health computational modeling that they could then take back to their own countries. Computer modeling served as the connection for this gift, as the project was fully funded by the family foundation of a successful modeling software expert.

Read more about Pitt Public Health's areas of excellence.

Reach the Community

Community outreach in health promotion, disease prevention, and the elimination of health disparities in populations has long been a cornerstone of the mission of Pitt Public Health. Your gift could be used to help sponsor a school emergency preparedness program or a study on the relationship between the ecosystem and human health. Read more.

Protect the Environment

Many of our researchers work in the biggest laboratory of all—our planet. Your gift could help fund a study on the effects of fracking on private well water or another part of our environment.Read more.

Determine Health Policy

In the public health arena, the never-ending search for efficient use of tax dollars guides policy decision-making to fund health care needs in ways that best serve the common good. Your gift could be used to help determine regional spending differences for prescription drugs among the elderly. Read more.

Advance LGBT Health Research

Since the 1980s, Pitt Public Health has since emerged as a national leader in the science of HIV/AIDS. Your gift could fund research on HIV or one of many initiatives that seeks to understand and improve the health of the LGBT community. Read more.

Develop Computer Modeling

The Public Health Dynamics Laboratory at Pitt Public Health promotes computational modeling and systems approaches to public health problems. Your gift could be used to help predict the next worldwide pandemic. Read more.

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Direct your Gift

What’s your priority? How were you touched by Pitt Public Health? Where do you want to leave a mark? Give online or contact the school’s development team to discuss how your pledge or planned gift can make a meaningful impact.

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 email or phone (412-624-5639) to discuss how you can help make a difference.

Endow a Professor

Endowed chairs and professorships enable Pitt Public Health to attract top researchers and educators. Your gift or bequest could help build our world-class faculty. Give online or contact the school's development team to discuss details.