Pitt Public Health Orientation Welcome

Welcome to Pitt Public Health's Virtual Orientation! We wish an in-person event was possible, but in order to limit the spread of disease we must continue to practice social distancing. As an alternative, this page was created to introduce you to life at Pitt Public Health. Here you will learn about resources that are offered, information about programs, career services, student organizations, important policies, IT support, and much more. For additional information view the Orientation Manual.


Where should I go when I have questions about my program or classes?

Academic Handbooks
School-wide and departmental handbooks include all of the administrative details of earning a degree. Familiarize yourself with Pitt Public Health, University, and departmental-level policies and procedures.

Where should I go when I am looking for academic resources?

Health Sciences Library System
HSLS offers a variety of information services, educational opportunities, and resources in print and electronic format to students in the schools of the health sciences.

Writing Center 
The Writing Center provides a place for students to improve their writing through one-on-one work with other writers, a composition tutorial, and more. The center is staffed by experienced consultants, and services are free to students.

Practicum Experiences and e-Portfolios
MPH students can apply what they've learned to a real-world public health setting and come away with actual deliverables that make the public healthier during their practicum experience. Pitt Public Health students also use e-Portfolios to document your completion of competencies during your practicum. Some programs will use the system more comprehensively. Please check with your department or program director for more information.

English Language Institute 
The ELI offers English support to international students in a variety of ways. English language classes, housing and arrival tips, Pittsburgh activities, and health care and insurance advice are all available.

Research Integrity 
The Office of Research Integrity is available to answer questions about the application or interpretation of research integrity standards. Be sure to review the Research Integrity Policy as well as the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct of Research.

Student Code of Conduct 
A new code violation regarding compliance with health rules has been added. Familiarize yourself with this code along with all of the others.

How can I get even more out of my degree?

Certificate Programs 

  • Community-Based Participatory Research and Practice - Learn to conduct research focused on the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of specific populations and use community understanding of health problems to tailor interventions and education to those communities 
  • Environmental Health Risk Assessment - Identify the impact of the environment on human health and learn to assess and estimate risk, recognize the role of environmental law on risk assessment, and apply risk assessment results to the public's health.

  • Evaluation of Public Health Programs - Be a part of an interdisciplinary evaluation team and learn to apply both quantitative and qualitative methods for evaluation of community-based health promotion programs. 

  • Global Health - Prepare for a career that focuses on public health issues that transcend national boundaries, learning how critical health problems are affected by immigration, climate, conflict, and global commerce. 

  • Health Care Engineering - Join industrial engineering students to improve health care operations and serve as agents of change in addressing twenty-first century health care challenges. 
  • Health Equity - Assess the causes of racial and ethnic health disparities and study their elimination through community-based interventions, mobilizing communities, and culturally tailoring interventions to each population.

  • Health Systems Leadership and Management - Focused training that enhances competency in transformation, execution, and interpersonal skills related to leading an efficient health care organization with an integrated delivery system.
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals' Health and Wellness - Assess the factors that influence the health of LGBT communities and learn to design, implement, and evaluate programs to improve well-being related to sexual orientation and gender identity/presentation. 
  • Public Health Genetics - Train in genetics, risk assessment, and communication and learn how researchers respond to the many social, legal, ethical, and policy implications generated by constant advances in genetics. 

Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds provides socialization opportunities to students to the broader profession of public health through engagement in substantive programs on a wide range of topics that reflect the breadth of public health. Students will be able to interact with researchers and practitioners from other settings and universities around the world.

One Book, One Community 
Students, faculty, alumni, and friends are invited to come together as a community to read and discuss books that draw attention to contemporary concerns in public health or topics relevant to the Pitt Public Health community. Stay tuned to see what this year’s selection will bring!

Where should I go when I need help finding a practicum, internship, or job? 

Career Services 
Pitt Public Health Career Services is dedicated to helping students build the necessary skills and networking contacts to effectively develop a career in public health.  

Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development 
The Center enhances the lifelong professional development of doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees at the University. It has been established to leverage institutional resources to meet the career development needs of students and trainees across all schools.

The University-wide job board that can be used for job and internship opportunities.

Pitt Toastmasters 
This Club provides a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. 

Talent Center 
Talent Center is the official job site for the University of Pittsburgh. Use for on-campus employment and student employment. 

American Public Health Association 
APHA members work in every discipline of public health, in every U.S. state and in countries across the globe. Every member is united by a common goal: To create the healthiest nation in one generation.

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health 
ASPPH is the voice of academic public health, representing schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. Their mission is to advance leadership, excellence, and collaboration in public health education, research, and practice.

Innovation Institute 
The Innovation Institute connects Pitt innovators to the programs, services, and funding they need to assess the commercial potential of their innovation or big idea and accelerate on the path to market. The Institute inspires, educates, and enables others to make an impact on society, improve the regional economy, and transform their own careers.

Where should I go when I want to meet new people and have a life outside the classroom? 

Graduate and Professional Student Government
The GPSG is the umbrella government organization for Graduate and Professional Students at the University of Pittsburgh.

Graduate Student Resources 
Resources available to graduate students, including academic resources, teaching support, research, career preparation, student life, and health/wellness.

Student Organizations:

  1. Student Government Association - SGA serves as a school-wide umbrella for seven sub-organizations that provide forums for students to share experiential wisdom, socialize with peers, and contribute to large projects on student programming with the Office of Student Affairs.
  2. Association of Women in Public Health Through community outreach, engagement, and collaboration, the AWPH aims to raise awareness of women-specific public health issues at the university and in the community.
  3. Doctoral Student Organization DSO provides an ongoing structure encouraging interaction among Pitt Public Health doctoral students and faculty, with an emphasis on developing an informal network of contacts to facilitate research efforts.
  4. Global Health Student Association GHSA promotes interest in global health issues among Pitt Public Health students by facilitating information exchanges among researchers, global health organizations, and international students at the school.
  5. Health Policy & Management Association HPMA allows students to gain an understanding of the working policy and management aspect of public health through active engagement with industry health care organizations. Members interact in local and national professional development activities and community service projects, shaping future leaders who are ethically responsible and community aware.
  6. Minority Student Organization MSO promotes the welfare and interests of minority students at Pitt Public Health. Through academic, professional, community, volunteer, and social endeavors, the organization strives to provide the necessary tools and resources for students to thrive and begin a successful career upon graduation.
  7. Student Public Health Epidemic Response Effort SPHERE is interested in epidemic response, community preparedness, and hands-on experience. In collaboration with the Allegheny County Health Department and various other local organizations, students gain the skills and experience needed to be successful as they embark in this exciting field.

Other Volunteer Options:

Aldercare Challah for Hunger  Days for Girls 
Engineer's Without Borders  Girl Up  Global Links 
Global Medical Brigades Global Public Health Brigades  Global Water Brigades 
Indu International Service Learning Organization  Mary's Meals 
Medlife Open Door  Operation Smile 
Panther Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program Pitt Students for Healthcare Equality Plant to Plate
Project Rural India Social and Health Improvement Project Sunshine  Prosthetics and Orthotics Student Organization
Sharing Excess Student Emergency Medical Services Volunteer Around the World

Where should I go when I want to get involved and give back to the community? 

Visit the PittServes Portal and start logging in volunteer hours! The PittServes Portal is an online resource that provides volunteer opportunities for students to engage in meaningful service to the community on a local, national, and international scale.

School Committees with Student Representatives:

  1. Pitt Public Health Council - The Council serves as an advisory body to the Dean in matters of planning and setting of overall priorities. 
  2. Educational Policies and Curriculum Committee - EPCC’s charge is to review and approve any modifications or additions to the curriculum of our academic programs.
  3. Faculty Diversity Committee - FDC’s charge is to identify and implement a broad range of activities directed to increasing diversity and inclusiveness.
  4. MPH Committee - The Committee discusses the MPH curriculum, core classes, practical experiences, and other core-related curricular needs.
  5. Planning and Budget Policies Committee - The PBPC maintains the charges and standard operating procedures for planning and budgetary matters. 

Where should I go when I am feeling sick or have other health concerns? 

Student Health Services 
This clinic provides primary care diagnosis and treatment, specialist referral, and health education services.

University Counseling Center
The UCC provides high quality services and programs that foster the academic and personal development, as well as the psychological well-being, of Pitt’s diverse student body. This Center is dedicated to supporting and empowering students to maximize their college experience and realize their fullest potential.

Pitt Benefits Office
Pitt students have access to a variety of employment opportunities and health and wellness resources through the Office of Human Resources. 

Stress Free Zone
The Stress Free Zone is a space where students can learn and regularly practice evidence-based, mind/body stress reduction skills.

Campus Safety
The University of Pittsburgh Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency providing 24-hour protection for nearly 40,000 students, faculty, staff and visitors. 

Disability Resources and Services
DRS determines reasonable accommodations and services. The University is committed to providing equal opportunities to students with disabilities. 

The Pitt Pantry
Members of the Pitt community can visit the Pitt Pantry to select items of need. It is completely volunteer-run and operates on charitable donations received from individuals and organizations within the community.

Crisis Resources 
The University offers a number of different resources if dealing with a crisis emergency. 

The Office of Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education offers specialized counseling services designed to assist students who have experienced sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and harassment.

Where should I go when I want to have a positive impact on school climate? 

Office of Diversity and Inclusion 
ODI is committed to fostering diversity and celebrating differences, educating the community on the benefits of diversity, promoting equity, eliminating discrimination, and advancing equal access to all opportunities at the University.

Faculty Diversity Committee 
FDC’s charge is to identify and implement a broad range of activities directed to increasing diversity and inclusiveness.

Rainbow Alliance 
An organization that provides for the concerns and interests of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, and allied community.

Where should I go when I have a technology question?

Pitt Information Technology
Pitt IT offers technology support for students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the Technology Help Desk.

Where should I go when I have a question about COVID-19? 

Pitt Public Health COVID-19 Updates
Receive school announcements, resources, and guidance relating to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The Power of Pitt
Returning to campus looks a bit different this year, but working together, we can navigate this challenging time and help to keep our campus and community safe!

Return to Campus: Resilience Planning in Response to COVID-19
Learn about the steps the University is taking—and your critical role in keeping Pitt healthy.

Pitt Community Compact
College campuses are typically denser and more diverse than other communities, and because of that, Pitt must take additional precautions. To help foster this environment for all, Pitt Community Compact principles have been created to uphold the health and safety of our community.

Daily COVID-19 Health Check 
As a part of the University's ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all individuals who come to a Pitt campus are required to complete a daily self-attestation. The information provided will be collected, aggregated, and potentially disclosed by the University as necessary for public health and safety. Login to my.pitt.edu to complete your COVID-19 Health Check. 

Important Notices

New Student Checklist
Learn about important information for the academic year and keep track of items as they are completed.

Academic Integrity Module 
Pitt Public Health strives to maintain a culture of academic excellence. Learn what is expected of you by completing the required Module by February 15. Check your Pitt email for the link. Learn more about the University's Academic Integrity Guidelines here. 

Title IX Training 
Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in education. Title IX protects all members of the University community. Complete the training by February 15. Check your Pitt email for the link.

Student Immunization Requirements
The University requires documentation of immunization against:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • German Measles
  • Chicken Pox

All incoming students must submit proof of such immunizations. Not sure where to go? Check out these immunization clinics in our area.


Email stuaff@pitt.edu with questions.