Things to Know - Archive

Check this page for an archive of announcements from past issues of "Things To Know."  Announcements that have expired are listed in reverse chronological order by category.  

Note that passed deadlines and events are not summarized here, but are available instead via the calendar archive. Also, the full glossary of teaching tips is available separately; click to  view more teaching tips

A twice monthly e-newsletter featuring updates and announcements for students and faculty from the Office of Student Affairs, the School of Public Health, and the University. 

From the Dean ARCHIVE

Join our One Book, One Community program with The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here

The Pitt Public Health community is invited to join together in reading and discussing a shared book - The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren. Confronting the dire threat of climate change and its impact on global health is a priority for our school. I selected this book to encourage us to reflect on how our multidisciplinary expertise can best contribute to climate and health action.    

Update on COVID-19 Policies

As Pitt Public Health prepares for the return of in-person classes fall term 2021, we would like to reassure the community that we are doing everything possible to keep our students, faculty and staff healthy and safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Your well-being is of the utmost importance. As such, we will continue to follow the policies and procedures outlined by Pitt that seek to minimize the risk of infection wihle making the most o... 

Tulane's Maureen Lichtveld selected as new dean for Pitt Public Health

PITTWIRE - Maureen Lichtveld, director of the Center for Gulf Coast Environmental Health Research, Leadership and Strategic Initiatives, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been named dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s  Graduate School of Public Health beginning January 1, 2021. A member of the National Academy of Medicine, Lichtveld has nearly 40 years of experience in environmental public health.  

In case you missed it: Dean Burke's Farewell Address reflects on thirteen years as dean of Pitt Public Health

Outgoing Dean Don Burke asked a crowded auditorium to think about the definition of health and the origins of the term "health care.” He reported on the health of the world, the nation, and Allegheny County, and then talked about the importance of the social determinants of health and about next steps - both his and those of the public health workforce, encouraging suggestions for improving population health in this pivotal time.   

Students and faculty lauded at annual Honors Convocation ceremony

Congratulations to our many students and faculty lauded at the 2019 Honors Convocation ceremony, including three faculty members recognized with major University awards: BCHS' Thistle Elias won the 2019 Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award, Human genetics' Robin Grubs won the 2019 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and Biostatistics' George Tseng won the 2019 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring.  

Announcements ARCHIVE

December 2022 Online Graduation Applications Open – Late Fees Begin 10/1

Online Graduation Applications are now live in PeopleSoft. Students can begin applying using the online format for December 2022 graduation (2231 term). Step-by-step instructions can be found at A $25 late fee will be applied beginning 10/1.   

August 2227 Graduation Application Deadline 8/2

Apply for August 2227 graduation by August 2. Please fill out the graduation application and email it to Also be sure to fill out the prior degree form.   

Pics from Commencement Weekend available in Flickr!

If you're looking for pictures of the 2022 graduation ceremony or the awards ceremony, check out the Commencement Weekend album on Flickr at   

June 2022 Graduation Applications Now Open

Apply for June 2022 (term 2227) graduation today! Send your graduation application to Be sure to also fill out the Prior Degree Form. All graduation information can be found here: The last day to apply is 6/7.   

Graduation Deadlines Approaching!

The final deadline to apply for April graduation is approaching on April 4. Graduates interested in giving a speech at the May 1 Commencement ceremony should submit their application by April 1. Renting or buying academic regalia through Pitt must be done by early April (dates vary). Read more at   

Want to Deliver a Congratulatory Speech to Your Fellow Grads?

We're getting close to the event of the year: the Pitt Public Health Commencement ceremony on May 1. If you're interested in delivering a 5-10 minute congratulatory speech to the graduates and their guests, let us know! Submit a 90-second video describing why you should be this year's student speaker. A committee will review and select one student to speak in person during the ceremony. Submit by April 1!  

Purchase Academic Regalia Today!

Are you participating in the 2022 Commencement Ceremony on May 1? If so, please be sure to purchase academic regalia! The University Store on Fifth has two options to purchase regalia: (1) Ship to Home -- Online ordering is now available. The last date to order for this option will be April 1. (2) For Pick Up at Graduation Central -- Will be held on April 12 and 13. The last date to order for pick up at Graduation Central will be April 5.  

Reminder for April Grads: ETD Workshop Thursday

March 17 at 10 a.m. Learn how to format your essay, thesis, or dissertation using the University’s Microsoft Word template and to convert the finished Word document to PDF and submit for review.  

Pitt Public Health's 2022 Commencement

We're celebrating our graduates from 2020-21 and 2021-22 on May 1 at 5 p.m. at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Featuring keynote speaker Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. Graduates and faculty report for line-up at 4 p.m. Get your regalia from the University store - deadlines in early April! There will be an opportunity for photos following the ceremony and a celebratory treat to take with you!  ... 

December Graduates: Submit Best Final Draft for Formatting Review by 12/17

Attention December 2021 graduates! Please submit your best final draft to D-Scholarship no later than 12/17. The Office of Student Affairs must review the formatting of your document. This is a graduation requirement that must be met. Email with any questions.   

Career Services and Professional Development ARCHIVE

Career Design Workshop Series

An eight-week sequence of workshops for graduate students designed to address PhD students' career goals but open to professional and master's students and postdocs as well! Tuesdays at noon, September 20-November 8.   

New Human-Centered Design Zoom Series

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute offers the Human-Centered Design Brown Bag Lunch Series, a relaxed forum where you can: hear from colleagues doing interesting things with HCD, share your own HCD use cases and experiences, and think through recipes and approaches together. The first in the series takes place on September 2.   

Deadline Extended! 2022 Salk Health Activist Fellowship

Develop winning strategies to advocate for the health of our communities while protecting basic human rights. This fellowship is an incubator for emerging health activists seeking to build effective advocacy skills. The 2022 fellowship is focused at the state level as legislation is critical health issues continues in that direction. Apply by September 5 (extended from August 31) for fellowship on Thursdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m., September 22-November... 

Fall CTSI Research Workshops

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Responsible Conduct of Research Center helps you learn to effectively recognize issues and avoid misconduct and provides research resources. The fall term of virtual workshops begins on September 8 with "Responsible Conduct of Research Principles and Application."    

Science Writing Internship Info Session

Are you interested in a career in science writing or science communications? Do you want to gain experience in communicating complex science to a broad audience? Learn more about this opportunity that will allow you to test the waters in an environment that has the features of a newsroom but with the guidance of a team of writers and editors. August 18 at 4 p.m. via Zoom.   

Office of Academic Career Development - Resources for Career Success

This month's newsletter from OACD includes trainee news, opportunities, and resources, including upcoming workshops and career opportunities for PhDs.   

Two Positions open with ACHD Data, Reporting and Disease Control

The Allegheny County Health Department has two exciting, doctoral level leadership positions open under the Bureau of Data, Reporting and Disease Control. One is to oversee Chronic Disease Section and the other Social Epidemiology.   

Tomorrow! The Pros and Cons of Collaboration in the Era of Team Science

OACD workshop open to faculty as well as students that will draw upon the experiences of accomplished Pitt investigators to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with research collaboration.After a brief overview of the emergence of Team Science in biomedical research, panelists will discuss: what precipitated their first collaborations; what challenges or obstacles have been encountered; what advantages and opportunities have resu... 

Now Hiring! Three Open Positions with the Black Equity Coalition

Pittsburgh's Black Equity Coalition current has openings for data coordinator, communications coordinator, and community coordinator. The BEC is comprise of physicians, researchers, epidemiologists, public health and health care practitioners, social scientists, community funders, and government officials concerned about addressing COVID-19 in vulnerable populations and these positions will play a key role in their work, focusing on a PA Departm... 

City of Pittsburgh seeks Public Health Program Manager

This position will consider community health and focus on harm reduction and translational efforts in Pittsburgh. The public health program manager will promote healthy, thriving communities and higher quality of life and wellness for first responders, plus work with governmental, academic, and social service partners to address gaps and understand how our city's services can evolve to serve all residents.   

School and University Updates ARCHIVE

In photos: What's new in campus construction

PITTWIRE - When returning to campus this fall, you might have noticed some things have changed. From a new collaboration space in the Cathedral of Learning to new labs to progress on Hillman Library renovations, there are plenty of construction and renovation projects underway to enhance the experience of students, faculty and staff.  

Introducing the Staff Concerns Form

The School of Public Health's Staff Committee created this form for staff to share any issues, concerns, or improvements you have for your department and at teh school. This is a resource for you! Complete the form as many times as you'd like - leave it anonymous or add your contact information for follow-up from the Staff Committee. Or, reach out to your departmental representative directly!   

Pitt Human Resources Sessions on Strategic Plan

Join the Office of Human Resources for an upcoming session to learn more about the OHR strategic plan. These sessions will provide an overview of the proposed plan as well as provide you with the opportunity to offer vital input and feedback. Four sessions will be offered: September 14 and 15 in person and September 20 and 21 virtually.   

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