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Scholarships and Financial Assistance Opportunities

accelerated schedule option

MPH-PEL, and MPH-MIC students have the option to complete their degree on an accelerated schedule (3 semesters) for an early graduation and up to $20,000 savings! 

MS students, also have the opportunity to save substantially by completing the coursework in 3 semesters, while being required to take a minimum of only ONE lab credit in their 4th semester.

If you’re interested in these opportunities, please contact Abby Kincaid at abm82@pitt.edu.

IDM Department Scholarships

Scholarships, outside funding opportunities, and loans are available financial aid options for master's-level students. Current master's students support themselves through loans, scholarships, and part-time employment within and outside of the school and University. Current doctoral students receive a tuition waiver and annual stipend.

IDM Master's Student Scholarships & Aid

IDM has a limited amount of partial tuition scholarships reserved for the most outstanding master level applicants. Applicants and students are encouraged to visit the Financial Aid page, listing grants and scholarships available to Pitt Public Health students. Applicants are encouraged to apply for scholarships and seek external funding sources prior to beginning their education.

Dean's Public Health Scholar award

  • 50% tuition scholarship for up to two years of full-time study. 
  • IDM nominates one incoming student for the award, but qualified accepted applicants can apply directly for the remaining two positions the School provides by contacting Mary Derkach at derkach@pitt.edu
  • Eligibility Requirements
      • US Citizen
      • Verbal GRE scores in 70th percentile or higher
      • Quantitative GRE scores in 60th percentile or higher

Bob Yee scholarship

Awards 1 outstanding, incoming MS student, 1 outstanding, incoming MPH-MIC student, and 1 outstanding, incoming MPH-PEL student with $1,000 of unrestricted funds. There is no application for this scholarship, and all matriculated students are considered. It is typically awarded in July.

Idm Department Financial Aid

IDM will provide $1,000 - $3,000 in first semester financial aid to the first 50% of accepted applicants that accept our offer and matriculate   

Travel Grants

IDM has grants available to help supplement travel costs for master and doctoral students presenting a poster, giving an oral presentation at a domestic or international conference, or completing a practicum abroad. More travel funds through Pitt Public Health and other School organizations can be found on Pitt Public Health’s Financial Aid page under “Other Financial Support – Travel Awards for Conferences and International Study.” Current students interested in applying for a travel grant through IDM, please complete the Request Form by clicking  here.

Loans

Student loan applications are processed by the University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (OAFA). For instructions, eligibility requirements, and more, please visit the OAFA website. To apply for a federal or state loan, students need to complete the FAFSA and FAAS. Generally, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The suggested deadline to complete these forms are June 1 (fall term), October 1 (spring term), and February 1 (summer term). Students are encouraged to apply early. The FAAS will need the signature of the School’s Admissions Coordinator.  Call 412-624-7488 to check the status of your loan application.

Employment

Students who have secured employment positions within the School or University locate positions through the Weekly Update, Pitt Bridges (login required), University’s job listing, networking with their faculty advisor, and contacting directors of Pitt Public Health’s research centers.

IDM Doctoral Students

The department offers a comprehensive and competitive package to support doctoral students throughout their graduate careers. 

tuition waiver

For doctoral students, tuition is paid in full every semester. This benefit can amount to about $20,000 per semester depending on the student’s course load and residency status.

Annual stipend

As of 2017, the stipend amounts to $27,000 per year. The department provides stipend support for the student’s first two semesters, independent of any teaching or research commitment. After the first two semesters, the student's faculty research advisor provides support.

Health Insurance

The university of pittsburgh provides excellent health insurance options, providing doctoral students with complete medical coverage free of charge; supplementary dental and vision plans are also available. Spouses and children can be included in our medical plans at very reasonable costs. 

Department Student Employment Opportunities:

front office assistant 

  • Full time during summer, 20 hours per week during school, $10/hr
  • Job Summary
    • The MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center (MAAETC) is looking for a motivated individual to provide administrative support for a busy campus program. This position will assist fiscal and program staff by providing technical and logistical support for accounting and expense tracking, training activities, and general office duties. This includes delivering materials across campus, copying, filing, answering phones, word processing, PowerPoint, data entry, maintaining print and email lists, and library searches.
  • Job Requirements
    • Position provides administrative, logistical, and technical support for the implementation of the educational activities of the MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center (MAAETC) and other related projects of the Principal Investigator.
    • Position provides administrative support for accounting and expense tracking and other fiscal related tasks.
    • Position may provide administrative support in the design and printing of event flyers and brochures; and emailing consumers and constituent groups for upcoming trainings (Publisher and In-Design)
    • Position requires excellent organizational and time management skills; the ability to coordinate multiple projects at one time; and strong communication skills (verbal and written). 
    • Position requires attention to detail.
    • Position requires word processing, data entry and data management skills. *Familiarity with excel spreadsheet software is preferred.
    • Position requires ability to make deliveries around the Oakland area.
    • Previous customer service / office experience preferred.
    • Position requires word processing, data entry and data management skills. Familiarity with Excel spreadsheet software is preferred.
    • Position requires ability to make deliveries around the Oakland area.
    • Previous customer service/office experience preferred.
  • Job posting can be found here:

Pitt Public Health and University Scholarships:

Campaign for the Next 5000 Alumni 

Duncan scholarship

Commonwealth Fund for Underrepresented US Students

owens fellowship

  • Call OAFA at 412-624-7488 for application
  • Usually available in February
  • Need based for students who show promise of high academic achievement.
  • Annual stipend of $2,000 - $6,000 (May be used in payment of tuition, books, and living expenses during the academic year for which the award is granted)
  • For more information, visit: https://haa.pitt.edu/graduate/financial-aid/university-fellowships 
    • Call OAFA at 412-624-7488 for application
    • Usually available in February
    • Need based for students who show promise of high academic achievement.
    • Annual stipend of $2,000 - $6,000 (May be used in payment of tuition, books, and living expenses during the academic year for which the award is granted)
    • For more information, visit: https://haa.pitt.edu/graduate/financial-aid/university-fellowships

university of pittsburgh alumni association scholarship ($5000)

  • Awarded to an incoming or currently enrolled Pitt graduate student who also received his/her undergraduate degree from Pitt.
  • Students interested in applying should ask about the application in the dean’s office of their school in late December.
  • For more information, visit: http://www.alumni.pitt.edu/alumni/giving-back/scholarships 
    • Awarded to an incoming or currently enrolled Pitt graduate student who also received his/her undergraduate degree from Pitt.
    • Students interested in applying should ask about the application in the dean’s office of their school in late December.
    • For more information, visit: http://www.alumni.pitt.edu/alumni/giving-back/scholarships

The George L. Carson Graduate Fellowship for Pitt Alumni

External Funding Opportunities:

A comprehensive lift of external funding opportunities can be found at the bottom of the page here: http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/admissions-aid/tuition-and-financial-aid/types-of-aid/grants-and-scholarships 

Other student benefits:

Free Transportation

The University of Pittsburgh has arranged for free transportation throughout Allegheny County via the Port Authority Transit (PAT) bus system. Any bus - anytime, anywhere - is free, including those to downtown and the airport. For more information on the Port Authority of Allegheny County please visit their website.

University Student Health Services

Students who pay the student health service fee each semester are covered from the first day of the semester to the last. Students have access to the majority of medical services available at the Student Health Service facility at little or no additional cost. For more information on the fees and the services the student health services offers please visit their website.

University Fitness Centers

The student fitness centers provide structured activities and maintain open recreation facilities for the university population of 38,000 students, faculty and staff. All full-time Pitt students have the opportunity to receive a free fitness assessment at the Baierl Student Recreation Center, Trees Hall Fitness Center or Bellefield Fitness Center. Bike rentals and outdoor recreation programs are also available. For more information, please visit their website.

Discounts on Pittsburgh Activities

Pitt students have the opportunity to visit many of Pittsburgh’s museums free as well as get discounted tickets to various shows around Pittsburgh. For more information, visit Pitt Arts

 

 

Coverdell Fellows Program

Pitt Public Health and the Center for Global Health are proud to announce a partnership with the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, which will provide qualified Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) financial support towards a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree as well as experience working with local underserved communities.

Coverdell Fellows will receive a 25 percent tuition + fees scholarship for up to four academic terms of study. RPCVs interested in pursuing an MPH degree in BCHSEPIDEMHPM, or IDM are eligible to apply. For more information visit publichealth.pitt.edu/coverdell.

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