Whether you're considering a degree program and want to start off with a few courses, or you're a public health professional looking for additional training - you can enroll at Pitt Public Health as a non-degree student.
You can take up to 12 credits (cumulative maximum) as a non-degree student. If you are later accepted into a degree program, that program will decide which of those credits may be applied to your requirements.
You must have a U.S. bachelor’s degree or the equivalent foreign degree to become a non-degree student. You will have to submit transcripts for all education, as well as a WES evaluation for study outside of the U.S. and TOEFL scores, if applicable.
Non-degree applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. In some cases, local applicants on a visa may apply, but must contact the Office of Student Affairs to verify eligibility before submitting an application. Pitt Public Health does not sponsor I-20s for non-degree study.
How to Apply
Apply online through SOPHAS Express and complete only required sections
- Pay application fee online directly to SOPHAS Express
- Submit official transcripts for all education in the United States to Pitt Public Health Office of Student Affairs
- Submit a course-by-course WES evaluation for all education outside of the United States (not including study abroad) to Pitt Public Health Office of Student Affairs
- Submit official TOEFL scores (if applicable) to the University of Pittsburgh institution code 2927, with no department code.
Non-degree applicants are not required to
- submit recommendations
- submit test scores
- submit any non-required sections of the SOPHAS Express application
What classes should I take?
If you’re planning to apply and you know which department you’re interested in, you may want to contact that department directly for suggestions about classes. Many non-degree students choose to enroll in the Pitt Public Health core courses (unless restricted) as a way to learn more about our various programs and/or to start working towards a degree.
Here’s a sample of courses that may interest you:
- Principles of Epidemiology (EPIDEM 2110)*
- Introduction to Public Health Genetics (HUGEN 2049)
- Public Health Biology (PUBHLT 2015)*
- Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health (BCHS 2509)*
- Health Policy and Management in Public Health (HPM 2001)*
- Environmental Health and Disease (EOH 2013)*
- Principles of Statistical Reasoning (BIOST 2011)*
*part of the Pitt Public Health Core Curriculum
Click here to see all classes offered.
Note: Pitt Public Health encourages non-degree students to apply to a degree program, but acceptance as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission to a degree program.