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 Graduate School of Public Health, and the University. To view in your web browser, visit

From the Dean ARCHIVE

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.  

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!  

Announcements ARCHIVE

Attention June Graduates: Upcoming ETD Workshop

Learn how to format your essay, thesis, or dissertation using the University’s Microsoft Word template. University Library System staff will also cover converting the finished Word document to PDF and submitting it for review. The upcoming workshop will be held on June 17 at 10am.  

Upcoming ETD Workshop: March 26 at 2pm

Learn how to format your essay, thesis, or dissertation using the University’s Microsoft Word template. University Library System staff will also cover converting the finished Word document to PDF and submitting it for review.   

Post your pics & help recreate the 1920 Living Panther

Pitt's Living Panther project is an attempt to virtually recreate the 1920 Living Panther featuring over 5,000 students. We’re asking students, faculty, staff, and alumni to share their pictures–pets in Pitt swag, campus photos, photos of friends, throwback photos, you name it! Email your pics to  before May 1 or/and post to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the hashtag #H2P and #PittGrad20.  

Final chance to apply for April 2020 graduation - Fees waived!

Although the regular deadline to apply for April 2020 graduation has passed, applications are still being accepted until March 31, the final deadline.  NOTE: the Registrar’s office will WAIVE the $35 late fee for April 2020 (term 2204) graduation application.  

June and August 2020 graduation dates and deadlines available

June and August 2020 graduation (term 2207) dates and deadlines are now available on our website. The Graduation Dates Table has also been updated. Please be sure to review the dates if you plan on graduating in June or August 2020.   

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.   

Career Services and Professional Development ARCHIVE

ORISE Virtual Career Fair Featuring Internships and Fellowships at CDC

On Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 12 to 3 p.m. ET , the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is hosting a virtual career fair to highlight the variety of paid internships, fellowships, and research opportunities available within their Research Participation Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

Foundations of Successful Career Planning and Development Course

Are you looking to invest in your future career success? This two-credit course is designed to provide foundational training in career planning and professional development for graduate students and postdocs. The course spans a consecutive fall and spring term. Please discuss with your program director before registering. Apply by August 27th.  

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program - Info Sessions

During the month of September, the PMF Program will be hosting a series of informational webinars for prospective applicants about the upcoming PMF Class of 2022 Application. The webinars will provide a general overview of the program and details about the 2022 application cycle.  

Job Search Strategies: NIH Workshop

A job search involves more than just applying to job postings. This session examines the job search as a process that integrates four key activities: building a productive network, creating resumes that work, establishing search strategies, and preparing for a competitive interview. July 29, 1-2pm EST  

Department of Labor Virtual Career Fair

You are invited to join the U.S. DOL for a virtual career fair on June 16th from 11 am to 4 pm EST. Many component agencies will be represented and employees and managers will be providing information about their respective agencies. The sessions will give you an opportunity to learn how the DOL supports the American public through unique missions. It is a chance to ask questions and learn more before applying for an open position.  

NIH Summer Lecture Series

The NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education is hosting a summer lecture series designed for younger audiences. On June 15th from 11am-12pm, Dr. Anna Maria Napoles will describe her career path to becoming Scientific Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.  

Summer Events for Students and Recent Grads in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Passport offers social, outdoor, and cultural activities and professional development events for students and recent grads interning, working, or studying in the Pittsburgh region this summer. New events are added each week! Hosted by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.  

Are you a PhD starting your job search?

In this webinar, Maren Wood, PhD will identify common mistakes PhDs make when applying for non-academic jobs, discuss proven strategies for success, identify resources in the Aurora e-learning platform that can help you in your job search, and recognize the most critical piece of a non-academic job search. To register, log in to Aurora using your Pitt credentials. September 9th | 12 pm  

End Poverty Innovation Challenge (EPIC)

The Social Ventures Foundation is now accepting applications for their global End Poverty Innovation Challenge. EPIC is a pipeline for outstanding social ventures that provide sustainable grassroots solutions to local poverty reduction challenges. EPIC awards winning social ventures with mentorship and financial support to help them conduct commercial proofs of concepts.  

Pittsburgh Passport - Summer Events

Are you a student or recent grad looking for ways to connect this summer? The Pittsburgh Passport is your opportunity to discover what it’s like to live, work and play in Pittsburgh – virtually and in-person in 2021. Kickoff is June 10! Connect with local employers, take advantage of outdoor and cultural activities, and hear from local innovators. Check out the calendar on the site for a full list of upcoming events.  

School and University Updates ARCHIVE

Pitt Public Health Blood Drive, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sponsored by the Pitt Public Health Student Government Association. All participating donors will be entered into a raffle for special prizes! To schedule an appointment go to and enter code CU190022 at the “Schedule Your Appointment Today” screen to be recognized a Pitt Public Health community member. Appointments recommended!   

Center for Health Equity and MIdAtlantic Regional Public Health Training Center at Pitt PARK(ing) Day

The Center for Health Equity and Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center are joining forces to illustrate the 10 Essential Services of Public Health. Have fun while coloring and painting your way to a greater appreciation of what public health is all about!   

Student Organization Events

Check out student organizations at Pitt Public Health via the upcoming Information Marketplace series and specific events from FORWARDS, GPSG and SGA next week! Plus - schedule an appointment early for SGA's upcoming blood drive, happening September 22.   

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