For New Students

welcome to our incoming class of 2020-21!

Congratulations on your admission to Pitt Public Health and welcome to our incoming class of 2020-21! Below you will find important information regarding the upcoming academic year. If you have any questions about orientation or any other items, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Affairs at 412-624-3002 or

Important — Return "acknowledgement" form

All students are required to sign and return the “Acknowledgement of Receipt of Policies,” which was emailed to you after receipt of your deposit. This form contains web addresses where important policy statements may be found. Students are not permitted to register until this form is signed and returned to the Office of Student Affairs. If you have not already done so, you may email the form to

New Student checklist

Use this checklist to keep track of required and optional items as they are completed. 

1. Complete your new student orientation survey by June 24. 
2. Register for Orientation.  (not currently available)
3. Submit proof of immunizations to Student Health Service. 
4. Secure housing. Pitt’s Off-campus living offers information on locating an apartment, finding a roommate, or obtaining information on local neighborhoods. 
5. Explore Pitt's campus
6. International students: attend orientation with the Office of International Services, located on the 7th floor of the William Pitt Union. 
7. International students: take the English Language Proficiency test administered by the English Language Institute (ELI). Free for students. 
8. Register for classes by setting up an appointment with your advisor or the person named in your admission letter. Non-degree students register in the Office of Student Affairs, G009 Public Health 
9. You can submit your photo for your Panther Card online. Once you are registered, IDs will be available after August 1. 
10. Learn about public transportation. Ride free with your Pitt ID. Schedules, bus routes, and more are available through the Port Authority of Allegheny County.  
11. Purchase your textbooks at the University Store on Fifth
12. Regularly check your University e-mail account for tuition invoices and important school messages. You may want to forward mail from your Pitt account to one you use more regularly. 
13. Open your bank account at one of the multiple banks within walking distance of Pitt Public Health, e.g. PNC or Citizens Bank. 
14. Take a break and have some fun! Explore Schenley Park, a green oasis right here in Oakland, or familiarize yourself with a variety of cultural events, sports, and other activities. 
15. Complete the required Academic Integrity Module by September 1.  (not currently available)
16. Complete the Title IX training. An email will be sent to you in August with directions. 
17. Review the computing modules before the start of the term.  (not currently available)
18. Explore the parts of our website you may not have visited yet. You'll be using it a lot while you’re here! 

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Roberts and Hoffman featured in Hulu documentary on anti-vaccine movement 

Roberts and Hoffman featured in Hulu documentary on anti-vaccine movement

HULU - Available now on the streaming service, Vice Investigates “Anti-Vaxx Fever” explores the growing anti-vaccine movement. The documentary features in-depth looks at the varied work of professor Mark Roberts and of student Beth Hoffman (BCHS ’19 ’23). Each uses system science methods to investi... (02/26/2020)

Totoni and Fabisiak examine lead contamination in hunted meat 

Totoni and Fabisiak examine lead contamination in hunted meat

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH NEWS - MPH student Samantha Totoni (EOH '21), associate professor James Fabisiak, and BCHS's Martha Ann Terry look into lead contamination in hunted meat. Despite the mounting concerns over lead exposure from wild game, lead ammunition use continues as hunters and their familie... (03/11/2020)

2020 Best Poster Presentation - Jason Kennedy 

2020 Best Poster Presentation - Jason Kennedy

Congratulations to master's candidate Jason Kennedy (BIOST MS '20) who was awarded Best Poster Presentation at the annual Biostatistics Research Day on February 27 for his work on “The association between clinical phenotype cohesiveness and sepsis transitions after presentation.”  (03/10/2020)
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