Welcome from the Dean


Since our founding in 1948, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has successfully implemented a three-component mission of research, education, and service. We create, transmit, and apply new knowledge—all for the benefit of human health. As we see it, the most important driver for the entire school is to ensure that our work—and the work of our graduates—is used to develop products and enact policies that make a difference in people’s lives. And the fruits of our labors are all around us, every day, in longer, happier, and healthier lives.

A Problem-Solving Attitude

At Pitt Public Health, we are first and foremost problem-solvers. Our faculty are thought-leaders who embrace problem-solving in every aspect of their work, whether in their research or classroom instruction, and who cultivate those skills in students through their mentorship. Through rigorous programs in theoretical and applied learning, Pitt Public Health students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to assume leadership roles in public health. They are prepared to apply what they have learned to real-world problem-solving. And, through our research centers and programs, students don’t have to wait until they get out into the field to make a difference—they can begin to contribute immediately.

New Approaches

New public health challenges face us every day. Like the innovative vaccine work done here by Jonas Salk, Pitt Public Health responds to today’s health threats by preparing the next generation of public health leaders to use innovation as the catalyst for problem-solving. Our vision for the next decade is ambitious. We will...

  • Create innovations in data analysis and computational modeling for use as tools to control health problems and to affect policy changes
  • Improve global health by encouraging international service and research collaborations that apply the same public health principles to both local and global problems
  • Reverse the inequitable distribution of access to health care and disease prevention by reaching out to underserved and at-risk populations as our active partners in improving health

If these prospects interest you, then I think you’ll find that Pitt Public Health is an academically stimulating and exciting place to be. I invite you to explore our website and learn more about our school and our commitment to making a difference in public health through students like you.

Dean, Graduate School of Public Health
Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health 
Jonas Salk Chair in Population Health, Graduate School of Public Health