Admissions

How to Apply

Applications for admission to the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences are processed through the Office of Student Affairs at Pitt Public Health. You must apply for the MPH and PhD programs through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for graduate schools of public health. Please note, SOPHAS submits applications to Pitt Public Health only after all required materials are received. Applicants who have submitted applications may track their status online.

MPH Prerequisites:

1) Applicants should have an undergraduate quality or grade point average of at least 3.0.

2) Applicants must have completed and earned a C or better in a three-credit math or statistics class taken in a math or statistics department. They must also have completed six credits of social sciences (anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, social psychology).

3) International applicants must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Duolingo English Test. Though the University of Pittsburgh requires a minimum TOEFL score of 80 on the Internet test, BCHS requires scores of 100 on the TOEFL, Band 7.0 on the IELTS, or 120 on Duolingo for consideration. Applicants with a score lower than these requirements are not eligible for admission. Tests must be taken within two years of application. See here for more details.

PhD Prerequisites:

1) A post-baccalaureate degree in a discipline relevant to public health, such as social work or anthropology, or an MD or JD.  International post baccalaureate degrees must be equivalent to a US MPH, as determined by a WES ICAP evaluation. The Committee will review these cases individually. 

2) A clear statement of what your research goals are and how the program of study will contribute to achieving your career goals. You may use this statement to tell us your professional story, who would you like to work with, and clarify your skills.

3) Three letters of recommendation from individuals in a position to judge your professional and/or academic abilities.

4) Graduate quality or grade point average of at least 3.3. You must submit transcripts of all college level study.

5) Completion of all courses listed on the Prerequisite Course Form for Pitt Public Health applicants.

6) Spoken and written English language proficiency. International applicants must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Duolingo English Test. Though the University of Pittsburgh requires a minimum TOEFL score of 80 on the Internet test, BCHS requires scores of 100 on the TOEFL, Band 7.0 on the IELTS, or 120 on Duolingo for consideration. Applicants with a score lower than these requirements are not eligible for admission. Tests must be taken within two years of application. See here for more details.

*The GRE is no longer a prerequisite for either degree program.

For more information about applying, tuition and financial aid, please visit Pitt Public Health admissions, or contact Paul Markgraf by phone at 412-624-3107 or email.

Doctoral Applicants

PhD applicants must hold a post-baccalaureate degree, e.g. a master of science degree, in a discipline relevant to public health, such as social work or anthropology, or an MD or JD.

International Applicants

 

In addition to the application materials required of all students, international students must submit an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, or the Duolingo English Test and a WES evaluation. A minimum TOEFL iBT score of 100 is required. The minimum acceptable score on the IELTS is Band 7, and applicants must take the academic writing and reading modules of the test. The minimum acceptable Duolingo English Test score is 120. Read more…

 

Deadlines

Application deadlines for all programs

Contact

Paul J. Markgraf
Academic Administrator
6104A Public Health
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
412-624-3107
pjm111@pitt.edu

Learn more about why you should choose BCHS at Pitt Public Health by viewing our recent Open House for prospective applicants event recording.