Academic Handbook & Degree Requirements

The administrative details of getting your degree are governed by policies and procedures at three levels: the department, the school, and the University. This document contains all of the Pitt Public Health policies and procedures, and has links to the most important University policies. Be sure that you are also familiar with department-level information.

Part I: Advising and mentoring (PDF)

  • Academic advising
  • How to get the mentoring you need
  • How to build your professional skills
  • Getting ready to graduate

Part II: Course and credit requirements (PDF)

  • School-level required (core) courses
  • Departmental and elective coursework
  • Grades and academic standing
  • Enrollment requirements
  • Course scheduling preference for veteran students
  • Academic integrity and plagiarism
  • Transfer credit for prior graduate work
  • Adding a second degree or a certificate or changing departments or degrees
  • Credit sharing among two or more degrees and/or certificates earned simultaneously
  • Statutes of Limitations

Part III: Research, practice, and examination requirements (PDF)

  • Practicum requirements
  • Research requirements
  • Examination requirements
  • Essays, thesis, and dissertations requirements

Part IV: Detailed policies and references   (PDF)

Process or Policy Questions?

If you have questions about any of the processes or policies described in this handbook, or about how they interact with departmental or University policies, do not hesitate to consult with your advisor, with the director of your program, or with the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Mary Derkach.

Previous Handbooks

Find complete copies of previous handbook editions below:
2017-18 Pitt Public Health Academic Handbook (PDF) | Last updated: August 28, 2017
2016-17 Pitt Public Health Academic Handbook (PDF) | Last updated: January 11, 2017
2015-16 Pitt Public Health Academic Handbook (PDF) | Last updated: May 31, 2016
2014-15 Pitt Public Health Academic Handbook (PDF) | Last updated: April 19, 2015