Admissions

Applications for admission to the Department of Health Policy and Management are processed through the Office of Student Affairs at Pitt Public Health. You must apply for the MPH, JD/MPH, MS, and PhD programs through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for graduate schools of public health. Please note, SOPHAS submits applications to Pitt Public Health only after all required materials are received. Applicants who have submitted applications may track their status online. 

All applicants are required to submit the general statement and objectives requested in the application. A writing sample is also required from MS and PhD applicants. Interviews are typically required as part of the application review process.

Applicants for the MHA and MHA/MBA programs only may apply through SOPHAS or HAMPCAS. Learn more www.hampcas.org

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Review the Pitt Public Health requirements for admission before applying.

Acceptable undergraduate training includes the following:

MHA and MHA/MBA applicants

  • minimum of three credits in college-level mathematics (algebra or higher) or statistics
  • minimum of six credits in the social and behavioral sciences, preferably with at least one course in economics
  • GRE scores are not a required component for the MHA application. For those students who feel that their past academic performance and/or prior work history do not adequately represent their skill set (or strength of their application), the GRE may be submitted for additional consideration.  A strong test score can help offset the lack of industry experience and/or previous academic success.

MPH and JD/MPH applicants

  • minimum of three credits in college level mathematics (algebra or higher) or statistics
  • minimum of six credits in the social and behavioral sciences, preferably with at least one course in economics
  • GRE scores are optional for MPH applicants and LSAT scores are optional for the MPH portion of the JD/MPH application

MS applicants

  • QPA of 3.0 of higher (undergraduate degree)
  • undergraduate or graduate calculus with a 3.0 or higher
  • GRE scores in at least the 50th percentile or higher in all categories

It is recommended that applicants have completed coursework in statistics, economics, and another social science.

PhD applicants

  • QPA of 3.3 of higher (master’s degree not required)
  • undergraduate or graduate calculus with a 3.0 or higher
  • GRE scores in at least the 60th percentile or higher in all categories

For more information about applying, tuition and financial aid, please visit Pitt Public Health admissions, or contact:

Jessica Dornin at 412-624-3625 or email.

International Applicants

In addition to the application materials required of all students, international students must submit an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, or the Duolingo English Test and a WES evaluation. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 on the Internet test is required for all foreign students. The minimum acceptable score on the IELTS is Band 6.5, and applicants must take the academic writing and reading modules of the test. The minimum acceptable Duolingo English Test score is 115.

Review by departmental committees takes an average of four to six weeks. As soon as an application is returned to the Office of Student Affairs, the applicant will be notified of the admissions committee’s decision.

2020–21 Applicant Visit Days

*Applicant visit days are currently suspended due to the pandemic. We will schedule visit days for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle once the university allows faculty, staff, students, and visitors to return to campus. 

Accepted applicants and those we have extended interviews to are invited to visit the department on any of our applicant visit days. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to meet with the program directors, faculty, staff and students to ask any questions you may have about our graduate programs. In particular, we will provide an opportunity to enjoy lunch with some of our current students to get a better first-hand perspective of the Pitt Public Health experience. The visit day will also include a brief tour of the Graduate School of Public Health and the University of Pittsburgh campus. We hope this visit day provides you with the answers to all of your questions, thereby assisting you in selecting the right graduate program that helps you obtain your career goals. We look forward to meeting you during your visit. If you are interested in visiting us on one of the dates listed below, contact Jessica Dornin.

 

2020-2021

  • dates not currently scheduled due to the ongoing COVID-19 threat

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