Dean: Donald S. Burke

Burke_Donald_SThe dean is the school’s chief academic and administrative officer. His responsibility is to provide strategic leadership for all academic and administrative affairs at Pitt's Graduate School of Public Health, as well as to foster productive relationships with faculty, students, staff, donors, alumni, and other constituencies. Pitt Public Health and the University community look to the dean to provide strong collaborative leadership in public health education, research, practice, and service. He is expected to serve as a catalyst and advocate for research that has an impact on science and local, national, and international communities; to enhance communication, and to foster a vibrant intellectual community among all constituencies within the school. The department chairs report directly to the dean. The dean has key relationships with the deans of the other schools of the health sciences and with UPMC. He has collaborative relationships with other schools at the University, regional campuses of the University, the Allegheny County Health Department, community organizations and neighborhoods, and foundations and corporations.





Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs:
Velpandi Ayyavoo


Associate Dean for Education:


Associate Dean for Finance and Administration:
Renae Brinza


Associate Dean for Public Health Practice:
Wendy Braund


Associate Dean for Student Affairs:
Cindy Bryce


Assistant Dean for Global Health Programs:
Joanne Russell


Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion:
Noble Maseru


Assistant Dean for Student Affairs:
Mary M. Derkach

Special Advisor to the Dean:
George Huber

Department Chairs

Steven M. Albert 
Behavioral and community health sciences (BCHS)

Shyamal D. Peddada
Biostatistics (BIOST)

Sally E. Wenzel 
Environmental and occupational health (EOH)

Anne B. Newman 
Epidemiology (EPID)
Jane Cauley, executive vice chair

Mark S. Roberts
Health policy and management (HPM)

Eleanor Feingold (interim chair)
Human genetics (HUGEN)

Charles R. Rinaldo
Infectious diseases and microbiology (IDM)

Student Leadership

We have nine active student organizations that focus on diverse topics in public health and around the world.

View a list of student organizations.

Board of Visitors

Appointed by the chancellor, Pitt Public Health Board of Visitors members are drawn from top experts in public health, corporate, and civic leaders, and alumni, with diversity of membership a priority.  The board provides

  • candid, comprehensive, and informed reaction to Pitt Public Health educational objectives and programs
  • advice in strategic planning efforts
  • accountability to external constituencies.

Find out more about the Board of Visitors.

Pitt Public Health Council

School governance activities are unified in one principal body, the Pitt Public Health Council, a union of key administrators, department chairs, the chairs of the standing committees, and representatives from the student body.

Learn more about the council.