Advising and mentoring

New and improved web layout for academic handbook coming soon!

The academic handbook is under construction. Find all current information on the main page at publichealth.pitt.edu/academic-handbook (PDFs) and look for an updated handbook and updated Web layout for the start of the 2019–20 academic year.

Academic Advising

As a student at Pitt Public Health, you have many different resources available to you. Advising systems vary among departments, but you should be able to take advantage of all of the following. 

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How to get the mentoring you need

The relationships you build at Pitt Public Health will be important during and after your tenure here. This section of the handbook offers some starter advice on how to develop these relationships.

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How to build your professional skills

Your in-classroom and out-of-classroom experiences at Pitt Public Health should give you a strong set of professional skills by the time you graduate. You need to take an active role in this process and seek opportunities to enhance your skills whenever you can. We hope you will use all of the resources described below in addition to many others. 

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Maximize External and internal speakers

Maximize Office of Career Services

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Quick Links

Student Services Staff

Behavioral and Community Health Sciences - Paul Markgraf

Biostatistics - Renee Valenti

Environmental and Occuplational Health - Bryanna Snyder

Epidemiology - Lori Smith

Health Policy and Management - Ali Greenholt

Human Genetics - Noel Harrie

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology - Chelsea Yonash

Multidisciplinary MPH - Robin A. Leaf

Office of Student Affairs

G009 Public Health
412-624-3002

Policy and requirement questions: Mary Derkach, assistant dean for student affairs

Public Health course permissions questions: Bernadette Foley, administrative secretary for student affairs

Essay, thesis, and dissertation or general graduation questions: Joanne Pegher, graduation and course coordinator

Career development questions: Kimberly Abraham, career services specialist