Applications for admission to the Department of Epidemiology are processed through the Office of Student Affairs at Pitt Public Health. 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.
Please review the Pitt Public Health requirements for admission before applying.
All epidemiology degree program applicants are required to have 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 a degree program.
For more information about applying, tuition and financial aid, please visit Pitt Public Health admissions, or contact Lori Smith at 412-383-5269.
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 postgraduation 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.
Review by departmental committees takes on average of four to six weeks. As soon as an application is returned to the Office of Student Affairs, the applicant will be notified of the admissions committee's decision.