Master of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences with a Master of International Development, Master of Public Administration, or Master of Public and International Affairs

Students in the BCHS MPH program may pursue two graduate degrees simultaneously, through Pitt Public Health's partnerships with other professional schools at the University of Pittsburgh. Joint programs typically reduce the number of credits needed for each degree, allowing students to earn two master’s degrees in just three years, or a master’s and a doctoral degree in five.

To participate in a joint degree program, students apply separately to both schools, and must meet all of the usual admissions requirements (including entrance exams like the GRE). If admitted to both schools, students alternate their primary program of study by semester or by year.

Although it is possible to apply to both schools at the same time, currently enrolled students may still apply for a joint degree as long as they have not yet completed one year of full-time study.

These joint degree programs prepare students for careers as public health practitioners in emerging economies where health issues are closely linked to social, political, and economic problems.


  • 78 credits, including coursework and one 300 contact hour field placement
  • Foundational public health courses
  • Advanced courses in health communications, program planning, and behavioral theories
  • Advanced courses in public and international affairs; international development; or public administration
  • Health-related field placement experiences
  • Advanced thesis or essay research synthesizing public health core concepts with issues relevant to public and international affairs

Full program information

MPH Student Handbook
MPH Checklist
GSPIA Checklists (please refer to the GSPIA Web site for the most current program checklists).



Elizabeth Felter
Director, MPH program
6122 Public Health
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Paul J. Markgraf
Academic Administrator
1138 Public Health
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

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