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Options for Undergraduates

While the Graduate School of Public Health does not currently award bachelor's degrees, there are several options to Pitt undergraduates interested in exploring the fields of public and global health.

Accelerated "3+2" Program — Jump-Start Your Future!

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Excited to pursue a career in health? Think that graduate school is in your future? Then consider Pitt Public Health’s Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program—or the 3+2 program, for short.

If you’re a motivated student who’s completed the appropriate undergraduate coursework, the accelerated bachelor’s/master’s program allows you to complete both degrees in a total of five years—saving up to a full year of time and thousands of dollars in undergraduate tuition.

The Pitt Summer Edge in Public and Global Health

The Edge in Public and Global Health prPitt Summer Edgeovides a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to public health. Learn to analyze and tackle critical world health problems through the integrated application of biological, social, and quantitative sciences. Develop the critical thinking skills and real-world tools used by health professionals to track outbreaks of emerging diseases, evaluate environmental threats, and develop community-based prevention and wellness programs. Working with Pitt Public Health faculty, Summer Edge students will explore laboratory, quantitative, policy, or social science research, or field work with community organizations or health agencies. The program follows Pitt's regular 12-week summer session from May to August. (11-12 credits)

Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health

Offered through the Global Studies Center, the Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health is for students wanting the analytical tools and professional skills necessary to address our world’s most compelling issues. Explore the transnational processes underpinning the global burden of disease, the social determinants of health, and inequalities in medical care access. Tailor your unique program of study based on your academic, personal, and career interests. (18 credits)

You'll learn to:

  • Understand the global burden of disease, social determinants of health, and treatment disparities from transnational and historical perspectives
  • Differentiate current research, programs, strategies, and key organizational actors
  • Recognize the behavioral and cultural dimensions of health 
  • Appreciate and apply different approaches to key questions in global health 
  • Critique different discourses on global health (e.g., medical, policy, anthropological) orally and in writing.    

Minimize Try out Public Health

Not sure what public health is all about? Explore public health or learn more about the school and the professional field by
  • Taking a course—for credit!—either to satisfy a general education elective, or to count towards a future graduate degree
  • Attending events that are open to the University, including talks, workshops, or presentations
  • Visiting an informational session or our fall open house for prospective students,
  • Check out our faculty and find out whose work interests you
  • Chatting with a student services coordinator to learn more about our different departments and programs,
  • Talking to your advisor
  • Contacting our Office of Student Affairs with questions or to set up a meeting.

Find out more!

If you’re interested in getting a jump on your graduate studies in public health, e-mail for more details.

Mary Derkach, Pitt Public Health’s assistant dean for student affairs, will coordinate directly with your undergraduate program director or departmental advisor to help work out your specific course of study.

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