“Expand your  credentials to prepare for the job market.”

Do you want to improve your skills to become more competitive in this challenging job market? Consider applying to a master's program at Pitt Public Health.   

Under the Pitt2Pitt program, Pitt students graduating this term can take advantage of streamlined admissions and scholarships into various graduate programs including all seven departments at Pitt Public Health. 

Streamlined admission to Pitt Public Health

2020 Pitt graduates choosing master's studies in public health can take advantage of an expedited Pitt2Pitt admission process, including

  • Merit-based scholarships of $4,000 to $10,000 per year are available.
  • GRE requirement waived.
  • Application fee waived. To receive a fee-waiver code for SOPHAS Express, email Karrie Lukin (presutti@pitt.edu).
  • All Pitt undergraduate majors accepted. Course prerequisites detailed below. Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0.
  • Simplified application. Submit just your goals statement, unofficial transcript, and one (1) letter of recommendation.
  • Expedited decisions. Hear back from the admissions committee in as soon as two weeks.
  • Extended application deadlines:
    July 15 for fall start  (all programs, both MPH and MS)
    May 5 for summer start (MPH only)

Maximize Application steps and detailed instructions

Degree options and Requirements

All Pitt undergraduate majors accepted.

  • MPH applicants must have six college credits in behavioral and social sciences (not required for the MS).
  • All applicants must have mathematical preparation appropriate for entrance into Principles of Statistical Reasoning, through either previous collegiate coursework or advanced placement coursework reflected on the college transcript.
  • Some programs have course prerequisites (details below).


Space in these programs is limited, so contact our admissions team soon with your questions:

Karrie Lukin
Recruitment and admissions manager

Apply now

through SOPHAS Express.
Detailed instructions below.

Meet a master's student


Meet Kelsey Simon (IDM '20), Dean's Scholar 

Meet Kelsey Simon (IDM '20), Dean's Scholar

With a keen interest in biology and medicine since childhood, Kelsey Simon (IDM '20) planned to pursue a graduate degree in the hard sciences until a course requirement got her thinking about working at a population level. "I … really wanted a career where I could put all of these things together: ... (02/20/2019)

Meet Jordan McBride (MHA/MBA '21), Gideon Scholar  

Meet Jordan McBride (MHA/MBA '21), Gideon Scholar

"Being a Dawn Gideon Scholar helped me feel like HPM was a great fit for me. [At the] annual golf outing...I was surrounded by inspiring women and men in the healthcare field, and I just felt right at home. I was energized by the stories that I heard. It made me excited for what I can learn and con... (07/16/2019)

Meet Dominic DiSanto, MS student in health data science 

Meet Dominic DiSanto, MS student in health data science

“I’m especially excited about my health data science concentration. It’s a very dynamic skill set and one that translates well to all different kinds of problems," said Dominic DiSanto (BIOST MS '21). "The curriculum in general looks like a very applied curriculum and the idea of having a consultin... (12/11/2019)

Meet Emily Joseph (MHA '20), Gideon Scholar 

Meet Emily Joseph (MHA '20), Gideon Scholar

"The Dawn Gideon Foundation has done a lot of work to expose the scholars to people who knew Dawn Gideon and it's been really wonderful to hear about her impact on their lives, whether they've been people that she's personally mentored or just her close friends...It's been wonderful to get to know ... (07/16/2019)
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Degree / Concentration
Prerequisite courses


Behavioral and Community Health Sciences


Learn community-engagement strategies and social and behavioral concepts to assess the health status of populations, apply social/behavioral theory, use social/behavioral science research methods to evaluate health promotion programs and develop programmatic and policy recommendations. Prepare for a career in applied public health at the individual, organizational, and community levels.


MS in Biostatistics

Prerequisites: calculus (2 terms)


If you have a background in calculus and a strong interest in public health, learn the statistical theory and methods needed to become an effective statistical collaborator and to lead in the design and execution of studies. Choose a traditional biostatistics curriculum or a new concentration in either

Environmental and Occupational Health

(MPH in EOH )

Interested in the impact that environmental agents and the actions of others may have on the well being of your community, or work colleagues? Become familiar with the important concepts essential to public health practice,tailoring your studies toward either environmental health science or risk assessment. 


(MPH in EPI)  

Prior coursework in social sciences (6 cr.), mathematics (3 cr.), human biology (3 cr.) 

Build a strong foundation in evaluating and responding to critical public health issues such as infectious diseases, aging and chronic disease prevention, global, reproductive or environmental health, population neuroscience, and injury prevention. Prepare for a career as an epidemiologist working in a health department; at the CDC or NIH; in a hospital or pharmaceutical or consulting company; or pursue doctoral studies in medicine, dentistry, epidemiology or biostatistics.

Note: The MPH program in Epidemiology is full and is no longer accepting applications for Fall 2020 admission.

Health Policy and Management

(MPH in HPM)

Prepare for a career with governmental agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, non-profit and community-based organizations, foundations, consulting firms, health plans, and health care systems. Learn to lead through a combination of coursework, during a health policy-related practicum or residency, and from a public health leader-in-residence.

Note: The MPH program in Health Policy & Management is full and is no longer accepting applications for Fall 2020 admission.

Human Genetics

(MPH in Public Health Genetics)

Prior coursework in mathematics (3 cr.) and genetics (3 cr.; other college level coursework in biology may be considered to fulfill this requirement)

Train in both public health and human genetics to prepare for a career in the evolving field of public health genetics. Integrate genetics with multiple public health disciplines to address society’s legal, ethical, financial, regulatory, and organizational responsibilities in offering genetic services and developing interventions to bring genetic services to the public. 

Note: The MPH program in Public Health Genetics is full and is no longer accepting applications for Fall 2020 admission.

Human Genetics

MS in Genome Bioinformatics

Prior coursework in calculus or statistics, programming/coding experience, and at least one course in biology

Become an expert in applying computation tools for studying and interpreting the human genome in a future where genomics is central to precision medicine and biomedical research. Beyond coursework, you'll participate in a structured internship to hone your analytic and communication skills for the job market.

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

Community practice track
Concentrating in infectious disease Management, Intervention, and Community practice (MPH-MIC)

Learn to design interventions, approaches, and policies to address threats to public health by studying global and domestic infectious diseases. Pair coursework with hands-on practicum experience to prepare for a career in public health education, program development and management, or for further education.

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

Laboratory practice track
Concentrating in infectious disease Pathogenesis, Eradication, and Laboratory practice (MPH- PEL)

Study pathogen biology, immunology, and epidemiology within the broader framework of public health and develop skills for the laboratory setting. Graduate from the laboratory practice MPH program with the expertise necessary for occupations in public health education, analysis, and research in the non-profit, government, or private sectors or for further education in medical or graduate programs.


Master's programs generally run 18-24 months. Find details on all of the school's master's programs.