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.  

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

From the Dean ARCHIVE

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.  

Voting is Public Health

Public health and wellness are profoundly affected by the actions of our elected officials, so I encourage everyone who is registered to vote to go ahead and do so. You may also want to encourage your friends and relatives to vote; there is some evidence that voting is contagious!  

Dean Burke provides guidance on referring to the Public Health building

In light of the recent Board of Trustee decision removing the name "Parran Hall" from our main building, Dean Burke advises that the interim name for the building will simply be “Public Health.” Please avoid using building names for physical addresses in the Graduate School of Public Health, whether in the main building, laboratory annex, or Crabtree Hall.  Instead, use the unique room number followed by "Public Health"  

'New' iron lung at Pitt Public Health is symbol of the Salk achievement

Last Tuesday morning, you may have noticed the commotion around the arrival and uncrating of a 614-pound bright yellow, metallic cylinder in the lobby outside G23. This mechanical ventilator, or iron lung, was the common treatment for children unable to breathe due to poliomyelitis. On April 12, 1955, the polio vaccine developed  at the University of Pittsburgh by Jonas Salk and his team was announced as "Safe, effective, and potent." The widesp... 

Announcements ARCHIVE

Graduation Information Session

A Graduation Information Session will be held on October 22 from 9:30-10:45AM in room A216. Mary Derkach will give an introduction on graduation requirements, ETD Support will demonstrate use of templates, and Joanne Pegher will go over checklists and answer any questions.   

Revised ETD Approval Forms – Thesis/Dissertation

Thesis and dissertation ETD Approval Forms have been revised and updated on the website. There was a problem with some of the fields when entering text, but all fields are now fixed.    

University ETD instructions and support

Questions regarding University ETDs? Check out the two links added to the Detailed Policies and References section in the Academic Handbook. Under “Detailed Essay, Thesis, and Dissertation Rules” there is now an “instructions” link (ETD tutorials) and a “support” link (ETD support contact) that will help answer any of your questions.  

2019 Health Sciences Minority Mixer

Underrepresented minority students interested in networking with staff, faculty and fellow students, promoting the welfare and interest of minority students in the Health Sciences are invited to attend the 2019 Health Sciences Minority Mixer. Food and non-alcoholic beverages included. The deadline to register is October 14 by 12pm at .  

Detailed essay, thesis, and dissertation rules

Questions on detailed essay, thesis, and dissertation rules? Check out the Detailed Policies and References section of the Academic Handbook.   

Deadline: December 2019 graduation application

Submit your graduation application and prior degree form for December 2019 graduation (term 2201) by September 10 with no fee. Beginning September 11, students applying must pay a $15 late fee (check or money order payable to the University of Pittsburgh). Applications must be submitted to Joanne Pegher in Student Affairs (G009). Be sure to view for more information.  

Report on Requirements Certificate form updated

Student services staff should use the updated version moving forward. Changes mostly increase ease of use. Find this and other required forms at   

Required graduation paperwork and academic handbook updated

June and August grads (and student services staff) should note that updates have been made to the required graduation paperwork. The applicable sections of the academic handbook have also been updated. Be sure to review all updated information at Continuing students: stay tuned later this summer for an updated web layout for the academic handbook!  

June and August 2019 graduation deadlines updated

Information within graduation deadlines and important dates for June and August 2019 (term 2197) has been updated, specifically, dates to review essay or ETD. June grads should make an appointment with Joanne Pegher for review sometime between now and June 14 and August graduates should schedule between late May and August 2.   

It's time to review formatting of your essay, thesis, or dissertation

Reminder April Grad Applicants: Be sure to meet with Joann Pegher to review formatting of essay, thesis, or dissertation.  Email her before or no later than the week of April 16. 

Career Services and Professional Development ARCHIVE

CV to Resume: Preparing for Employment Outside of Academia

This workshop will explore strategies to effectively prepare and market oneself to industry, government, and non-profit employers. Presented by Joan Anson, Director of Career Services. 10/24, 3-5pm, A521 Public Health. RSVP on Pitt Bridges.    

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) - Apply by Oct 17

This prestigious leadership program recruits master’s and doctoral students for two-year paid fellowships within the Federal government. Applications close at noon on Thurs, 10/17.  

Intentional Networking: Creating Meaningful Connections - Workshop

Attend this interactive workshop to learn practical ways to build a diverse academic and professional network and how to initiate and foster productive relationships. Hosted by the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development (DPCD). 10/22, 3-5pm, S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower    

CDC Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program: Recruitment Webinars

Students planning to apply for the CDC’s PHIFP are encouraged to attend a webinar to learn more about this exciting 2-year training program. PhD, MS, and MPH students are eligible to apply. Webinars will be held on 10/9, 10/15, and 10/17. Applications are due on 11/4.  

Attention International Students: Navigating Work Authorization Workshop

Learn about the types of employment authorization available during your time as an international student and after you graduate. Get answers to all of your questions, including those related to OPT and CPT. Presented by Shannon O’Reilly, Immigration Specialist in the Office of International Services (OIS). Fri, 9/27 | 12-1pm | A521 Public Health. Open to students, staff, and faculty.  

Local Government Case Competition and Internships/Careers at the Allegheny Department of Human Services (DHS)

Interested in a career in the public sector? Interdisciplinary teams of graduate students from the region are challenged to solve a real-world problem related to human services delivery and compete for a monetary award. The annual competition is hosted by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS). Learn more from DHS representatives on 10/1 (12-1pm,1154 Public Health). The session will also cover internship/career opportunities.  ... 

Pitt Fall Career Fair

Meet with representatives from local, regional, and national nonprofits, corporations, and government agencies. The fair will take place from 11am-3pm in the William Pitt Union over multiple days (Sept 17th for Liberal Arts, Sciences, & Business and Sept 19th for Computing & Information). View a list of employers and filter by those recruiting for graduate students on Handshake, or download the Career Fair Plus app. Registration NOT required.  ... 

Upcoming Workshops

It’s never too early to start preparing for your job or internship search! Attend our Resume and Cover Letter Basics workshop on Tues, September 10th (12-1pm, 1149 Public Health) and LinkedIn Workshop on Wed, September 18th (12-1pm, A521 Public Health). RSVP on Pitt Bridges.  

Mentoring Matters: How to Cultivate Productive Mentoring Relationships

Develop vital strategies to cultivate and manage mentoring relationships that will contribute to your professional success and personal satisfaction throughout your career. Sponsored by the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development (DPCD). Sept 11, 3-5pm, S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower  

Fall 2019 Workshop Schedule

Log into Pitt Bridges to view and RSVP for upcoming workshops and info sessions offered by Pitt Public Health Career Services. Our fall schedule kicks off with "Making the Most of Career Services and Pitt Bridges" on 9/4 and 9/5 followed by "Resume and Cover Letter Basics" on 9/10.   

School and University Updates ARCHIVE

Graduate Student Engagement Session on One Bigelow

The Office of the Provost is seeking graduate students to join their Engagement Session on the One Bigelow development project on 10/14. An ad hoc committee has been working to help shape a vision for the project. The goal is to produce a vision statement that reflects the shared perspectives of the University community. It will then be provided to the design team charged with transforming the vision into a reality.  

New course offerings just added for spring 2020

Check out these recently added course offerings before you decide on your schedule for spring 2020!  

Attention: graduation information updated

Graduation information has been updated. Checkout the Detailed polices and reference section of the Academic Handbook, as well as the Graduation Information section (Master's Essay, Master's Thesis, and Doctoral Dissertation). Note: embargos are now limited to two years. For questions, email Joanne Pegher at .  

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