Challenge Yourself

If you're looking for a school that challenges you, involves you in real-world public health issues, and prepares you for leadership positions after graduation, Pitt Public Health may be the right choice for you. We have programs in all major fields of public health practice and research, as well as health care administration and genetic counseling.

What’s the difference between degrees?

Pitt Public Health graduate programs offer both academic and professional degrees from which to choose, depending on the career direction you want to take.

The master of public health, a public health professional degree  (MPH) prepares you to enter the public health field by working for an agency or organization. Academic degrees (MS, PhD) prepare you to do research in academia or industry. Joint degrees allow you to combine a Pitt Public Health degree with one from another University of Pittsburgh school.

Pitt Public Health also offers two non-public health professional degrees: MS in Genetic Counseling and MHA.

Degrees offered by department

Each department offers a variety of master’s, doctoral, and dual and joint degree programs:

Department/Program Degrees Offered
Behavioral and Community Health Sciences MPH*, PhD
Biostatistics MS*, PhD
Environmental and Occupational Health MPH*, MS, PhD
Epidemiology MPH*, MS*, PhD
Health Policy and Management  MPH*, MHA, MS*, PhD
Human Genetics

MPH*, MS*,MS in genetic counseling, PhD, MS in Genome Bioinformatics, Dual MPH/MS in genetic counseling

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology MPH*, MS*, PhD
Multidisciplinary Program MPH

*Accelerated bachelor’s/master’s option available (3+2 years).

Joint degree programs

Department/Program Degree Options School
Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Public health and anthropology MPH/PhD Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Public health and international affairs MPH/MPIA Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Public health and international development MPH/MID Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Public health and public administration MPH/MPA Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Public health social work MPH/PhD School of Social Work
Public health social work MPH/MSW School of Social Work
Epidemiology and medicine MD/PhD School of Medicine
Health Policy and Management
Health administration and business MHA/MBA Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
Health policy and law MPH/JD School of Law
Health policy and medicine MD/PHhD School of Medicine
Human Genetics
Human genetics and medicine MD/PhD School of Medicine

Why Study Public Health

Because you care.

Public health is a field for people who care about the greater good of human beings.

If that sounds self-important, consider this: Millions of people are alive today thanks to a handful of public health initiatives, such as vaccination programs, motor vehicle safety laws, restrictions on the use of tobacco, family planning, and clean air and water standards.

The field of public health is constantly evolving in response to the needs of communities and populations around the world. The underlying mission of public health is to improve the conditions and behaviors that affect health so that all people can attain it. That mission includes not only the practice of public health policy, but the research of public health issues and the education of future leaders who eventually will translate that research into practices and policies to improve the health of people regionally, nationally, and globally.

Public health...

  • Has a real and lasting positive effect on people
  • Helps promote a healthy environment
  • Is a moral and ethical imperative
  • Why is public health important?

The work of public health professionals is important because public health initiatives affect people every day in every part of the world. It addresses broad issues that can affect the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, populations, and societies—both now, and for generations to come. Public health programs help keep people alive. These programs have led to...

  • Increased life expectancies
  • Worldwide reductions in infant and child mortality
  • Eradication or reduction of many communicable diseases