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How to Apply

Applications for admission to the Department of Epidemiology are processed through the Office of Student Affairs at Pitt Public Health.  Student Affairs staff members can answer most questions related to the admissions process, and the Epidemiology Student Services staff can provide information regarding departmental operational policies, resources, and requirements.  You must apply for the MS, MPH, DrPH, 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.

Additional admission process details are available on the Pitt Public Health Web site.

Application Deadlines 

Admissions Prerequisites

Please review Pitt Public Health requirements for admission before applying.

In addition to the school admission prerequisites identified above, Department of Epidemiology degree program applicants are required to have completed three college-level credits of human biology course work. Examples of qualifying courses include general/introductory human biology, microbiology, cell biology, genetics, physiology, and anatomy. Advanced Placement (AP) biology course work does not fulfill the human biology prerequisite requirement. Applicants must fulfill all prerequisites before beginning their studies.

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Doctoral degree applicants
Master's degree applicants
International applicants

International Applicants

In addition to the application materials required of all students, most international students must submit an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam and a WES evaluation. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the written test or 90 (over 100 is preferred) on the Internet test is required for all foreign students. The minimum acceptable score on the IELTS is Band 7.0, and applicants must take the academic writing and reading modules of the test.

International applicants with bachelor's-level medical degrees and extensive post-graduation direct applied research experience may apply for the 30-credit MS degree program. International medical students with bachelor degrees and little or no postgraduation direct applied research experience may apply to the 45-credit MS or 45-credit MPH degree programs. 

Other resources for international applicants are available on the Pitt Public Health Web site.

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