Advising and mentoring

New and improved web layout for academic handbook coming soon!

The academic handbook is under construction. Find all current information on the main page at (PDFs) and look for an updated handbook and updated Web layout for the start of the 2019–20 academic year.

Academic Advising

As a student at Pitt Public Health, you have many different resources available to you. Advising systems vary among departments, but you should be able to take advantage of all of the following. 

Maximize Departmental Advising

Maximize Course Registration Process

Maximize Office of Student Affairs

Maximize Course Evaluations

Maximize Secondary mentors and advisors (including students)

Maximize Grievance Procedures

How to get the mentoring you need

The relationships you build at Pitt Public Health will be important during and after your tenure here. This section of the handbook offers some starter advice on how to develop these relationships.

Maximize Analyze your own needs

Maximize Find potential mentors

Maximize Develop the relationship

Maximize Communicate expectations for Written Work

How to build your professional skills

Your in-classroom and out-of-classroom experiences at Pitt Public Health should combine to give you a strong set of professional skills by the time you graduate. You need to take an active role in this process, taking advantage of seeking opportunities to enhance your skills whenever you can. We hope you will use all of the resources described below, as well as many others. 

Maximize Opportunities to improve your communication skills

Maximize External and internal speakers

Maximize Office of Career Services

Maximize Certified in Public Health Exam

Getting ready to graduate

At, find information on forms, logistics, and important dates for graduation. Familiarize yourself with this material before your last term. Deadlines for graduation applications are also listed. 

Make sure you have done the following well before the term in which you plan to graduate: 

  1. If your work involves data, policies, or experiences from an outside agency, organization, or practicum site, ensure that you follow the guidelines and check if you are required to have a member of the agency, organization, or site on your committee. If you're using data or experiences from a project at the Allegheny County Health Department, you must include your health department preceptor as a member of your committee. 
  2. Make sure your essay/thesis/dissertation committee is in place and has been approved. 
  3. Familiarize yourself with essay/thesis/dissertation format requirements. 
  4. Meet with your academic advisor and your department student services staff to make sure you have met all academic requirements
  5. Be sure you are registered for the term in which you want to graduate