Bachelor's Degree

Start your journey to protect the health of populations

The COVID-19 pandemic has put public health in the global spotlight and emphasized the need for a strong and dynamic public health workforce. In addition to tackling infectious diseases like COVID-19, public health professionals strive to promote health and well-being across populations and communities.

While clinicians such as nurses or physicians focus on treating individuals, public health practitioners apply quantitative, social, and biological science tools – plus tools from almost every other field – to address the health needs of entire populations.

Are you ready to become a public health leader?

Pitt Public Health has a long history of preparing generations of leaders to meet the needs of our communities. We are excited to launch a new Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degreeexpanding into undergraduate education.

The BSPH is a four-year degree program that provides students with a foundation in the key disciplines of public health while incorporating active learning activities. BSPH students learn about today’s most pressing public health topics, including climate change, precision public health, health equity, and the role of technology and innovation in health promotion.

Students gain on-the-ground experience through the program’s unique service-learning component. Every BSPH student works in the community to directly engage with populations and get a firsthand look at how their coursework translates into real-world settings.

Some of our current BSPH course offerings

  • Fundamentals of Public Health is the foundation for your future in public health. It provides an overview of key public health concepts and applications. 
  • Genes, Cells, and Communities: Introduction to Public Health Biology introduces you to the biological basis of the most pressing global public health challenges of the 21st century.
  • Essentials of Health Equity: Exploring Social and Structural Determinants of Health engages students in a critical exploration of the intersectionality of health disparities.
  • Public Health Threats in Suriname: From Ecosystem to Human Health provides an opportunity to learn about global public health and environmental health threats in a developing country.
  • Introduction to Global Health covers fundamental concepts in global public health, including the relationships among health status, education, and poverty, and cross-cutting issues such as culture, ethics and human rights.
  • Introduction to Public Health Biostatistics provides an overview of statistical methods used in public health practice and research, and hands-on training in statistical application methods.  
  • Introduction to Community-Based Approaches to Public Health explores how community and cultures impact health and well-being, and the importance of community engagement.
  • Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences covers fundamental concepts of environmental the processes, exposures, agents, and disparities influencing disease progression. 
  • Introduction to Epidemiology introduces the data-driven science of understanding the health of populations and the prevention and control of diseases. 
  • Introduction to Health Policy and Management provides a framework for understanding the social, political, legal, and economic dimensions of the U.S. health care and public health systems. 

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Pitt Public Health COVID-19 News

Another wave of COVID is sweeping through Allegheny County, but this time it's different

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WESA - Part of the reason for the continued rise in cases is due to what's called seasonal forcing, or seasonal variation. "The weather is getting colder and that allows the [viral] droplets to hang around in the air longer. So what used to be safe is no longer safe," said HPM's Mark Roberts of the Public Health Dynamics Lab.   

The U.S. Is Relying On Other Countries' Data To Make Its Booster Shot Decisions

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FIVETHIRTYEIGHT - Misinformation and news overload also contribute to the confusion, said EPI’s Lee Harrison. “For a lot of laypeople, it’s very difficult to know, ‘What source should I be using?’ And it’s even more difficult when you have all this misinformation trying to intentionally misguide people,” he said. State and local officials who undermine national policies — for example, by prohibiting vaccine mandates — don’t help, either.  

Roberts: reduced natural immunity could mean flu more common

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THE WEATHER CHANNEL - Getting your flu vaccine can help improve your immunity to the flu significantly. But HPM’s Mark Roberts, director of the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, worries that since natural immunity from exposure is where the bulk of population immunity comes from, the US may be in for a particularly virulent flu season.  

Contact Mara Leff with questions or for more information. 

Mara Leff (BCHS '16)
Adjunct Faculty and Director of Undergraduate Curriculum 


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Meet a public health student

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Pitt Public Health launches new undergraduate degree program 

Pitt Public Health launches new undergraduate degree program

In response to the growing interest in public health careers among younger generations and the need for a more diverse and community-focused public health workforce, the University of Pittsburgh is officially launching an  undergraduate program  for students seeking a career in public health. ... (01/14/2022)
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Meet Jonathan Yasin, BSPH student 

Meet Jonathan Yasin, BSPH student

“For the longest time, I wanted to be a physician,” says Jonathan, a native of Long Island, N.Y.  “But, I never thought about it in a global context or considered all the things that shape health until my volunteer work.  I started really thinking about public health and how it could be a window in... (01/11/2022)
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Diana Bellino, Bob Yee Scholarship Awardee 

Diana Bellino, Bob Yee Scholarship Awardee

A native of Hanover Park, IL, Diana Bellino is pursuing an MPH with a concentration in infectious disease management, intervention, and community practice. She studied public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is interested in cooking, painting/crafting, and anything outside.  (11/09/2021)
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Cornelio awarded Dissertation Grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality 

Cornelio awarded Dissertation Grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality

Noelle Cornelio (HPM '22) was awarded a Health Services Research Dissertation R36 grant from AHRQ to support her dissertation project, "Impact of Medicaid Policies on Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries: Evidence from State Reforms." Approximately 12 million low-income Medicare beneficiaries are dual... (09/20/2021)
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Rebecca Boan, Bob Yee Scholarship Awardee 

Rebecca Boan, Bob Yee Scholarship Awardee

A native of Phoenix, AZ, Rebecca Boan is pursuing an MS in infectious diseases and microbiology. She studied biology at Northern Arizona University and is interested in archery, crocheting, and working with animals.  (11/09/2021)
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