The Graduate School of Public Health is among the country’s best public health programs. A top-ranked, world renowned institution, we are recognized for our contributions to public health practices and medical care in the Pittsburgh region and around the world.
Established in 1948 with a gift of $13.6 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust, Pitt Public Health was the 13th accredited school of public health in the country. The school is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and is a member of the Association of Schools and Public Health.
With seven outstanding departments, a distinguished faculty, innovative research centers and projects, and more than 7,000 alumni, Pitt Public Health is preparing the next generation of public health leaders and constantly addressing the world’s most pressing public health issues.
Highly Esteemed Faculty
The faculty of each of the school’s seven departments are well-known, well-respected thought leaders in the field of public health. Pitt Public Health is among the top schools in the country in research dollars per faculty member and our faculty’s research findings are regularly published in top academic journals like Science and the New England Journal of Medicine. Learn more.
Founded to meet the needs of industrial Pittsburgh, Pitt Public Health now is recognized for our significant contributions to multiple areas of public health on the local, national, and international level. We have a rich history of conducting groundbreaking research, from the development of the polio vaccine in the 1950s to timely studies of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, to today’s virtual modeling of the spread of infectious disease.
Pitt Public Health is actively involved in expanding knowledge in the public health field through scientific inquiry and innovation. We have consistently ranked among the top schools of public health based on funding from the National Institutes of Health, and receive additional funding through other federal agencies, foundations, and private donors.
Respected Degrees, Prestigious Positions
Pitt Public Health graduates go on to find work at some of the country’s—and the world’s—most highly regarded organizations and institutions, as evidenced by a survey of our recent graduates. Here are some of the organizations for which our grads are working:
- The Vaccine Modeling Initiative, University of Pittsburgh
- Magee Womens Research Institute
- UPMC Health Plan
- Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition
- The City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health
- Arizona Department of Health Services
- DC Hunger Solutions
- Kaiser Family Foundation
- Mayo Clinic
- National Institutes of Health
- The Centers for Disease Control
- Bureau of General Communicable Disease
- U.S. Air Force
- Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
- American Red Cross
- American Society of Radiation Oncology
- Cooper Thomas, LLC
- Basic Health International
- Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
- Oregon Health and Science University
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Seoul National University
- Yale University
- Ministry of Health of Kuwait
- National Taiwan University Hospital
Job titles held by alumni
- Cardiovascular epidemiologist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- Lieutenant, U.S. Public Health Service Corps
- Senior account executive, eHealth, MMG
- Preparedness training and exercise coordinator, Allegheny County Health Department
- Research study coordinator, Lyme Disease Research Foundation
- Postdoctoral health equity research associate, Maryland Center for Health Equity
- Public health advisor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Associate professor of health management and policy, College of Health and Human Services, University of New Hampshire
- Manager of Industrial hygiene, University of Pittsburgh
- Director, Environmental Engineering, SNC-Lavalin America Inc.
- Director, Public Health Informatics Program, RTI International
- Director, Business Planning Services, VHA
- Associate Professor and Director of EMS Education, Creighton University
- Chief program officer, The Horizon Foundation
- Health minister, Country of Taiwan