Non-Degree Options

Whether you're considering a degree program and want to start off with a few courses, or you're a public health professional looking for additional training - you can enroll at Pitt Public Health as a non-degree student.

You can take up to 12 credits (cumulative maximum) as a non-degree student. If you are later accepted into a degree program, that program will decide which of those credits may be applied to your requirements.


You must have a U.S. bachelor’s degree or the equivalent foreign degree to become a non-degree student. You will have to submit transcripts for all education, as well as a WES evaluation for study outside of the U.S. and TOEFL scores, if applicable. 

Non-degree applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. In some cases, local applicants on a visa may apply, but must contact the Office of Student Affairs to verify eligibility before submitting an application. Pitt Public Health does not sponsor I-20s for non-degree study.

How to Apply

  1. Apply online through SOPHAS Express and complete only required sections 
  2. Pay application fee online directly to SOPHAS Express
  3. Submit official transcripts for all education in the United States to Pitt Public Health Office of Student Affairs
  4. Submit a course-by-course WES evaluation for all education outside of the United States (not including study abroad) to the Pitt Public Health Office of Student Affairs
  5. Submit official TOEFL scores (if applicable) to the University of Pittsburgh institution code 2927, with no department code. IELTS or Duolingo scores may be substituted for the TOEFL. Additional information can be found here.

Non-degree applicants are not required to

  • submit recommendations
  • submit GRE scores
  • submit any non-required sections of the SOPHAS Express application

What classes should I take?

If you’re planning to apply and you know which department you’re interested in, you may want to contact that department directly for suggestions about classes. Many non-degree students choose to enroll in the Pitt Public Health core courses (unless restricted) as a way to learn more about our various programs and/or to start working towards a degree.

Here’s a sample of courses that may interest you:

  • Principles of Epidemiology (EPIDEM 2110)*
  • Introduction to Public Health Genetics (HUGEN 2049)
  • Public Health Biology (PUBHLT 2015)*
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health (BCHS 2509)*
  • Health Policy and Management in Public Health (HPM 2001)*
  • Environmental Health and Disease (EOH 2013)*
  • Principles of Statistical Reasoning (BIOST 2011)*
  • Foundations in Public Health (PUBHLT 2033)*

*part of the Pitt Public Health MPH Core Curriculum

Click here to see all classes offered.

Note: Pitt Public Health encourages non-degree students to apply to a degree program, but acceptance as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission to a degree program.