Multidisciplinary Master of Public Health

Blend clinical or professional training with population-based approaches to health improvement

The mission of the Multidisciplinary Master of Public Health (MMPH) program is to prepare doctoral level health professionals to blend clinical or other professional training with population-based approaches to improving health. This MPH degree gives you the flexibility to pursue customized competencies tailored to your career goals.


When you complete the MMPH you will achieve all of the CEPH MPH Foundational Competencies for Pitt Public Health MPH students. You will also work with the program director to develop five advanced competencies tailored to your goals.


Current students and recent graduates hold the following job titles:

  • assistant professor
  • rheumatology fellow
  • clinical instructor
  • fellow in family planning

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Practicum Opportunities 

As a MMPH student, you will have the opportunity to gain public health experience through a practicum that matches your interests. Students conduct research/practice at hospitals, clinics, research centers, state and local health departments, or non-profit organizations, and gain new perspectives, explore new areas of interest, and have the opportunity to apply the skills and expertise their coursework has provided to a variety of public health challenges. 

Practicum Examples

  • UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
  • Bridging the Gaps - Pittsburgh
  • University of Pittsburgh Magee-Womens Hospital, Naivasha Sub-County Hospital, Kenya
  • UPMC System-wide Threat and Response Team (START)
  • Allegheny County Health Department


The MMPH requires 42 credits. Many students are able to apply up to six credits of their clinical or other graduate-level training.

Requirements include...

  • Coursework in all core public health disciplines
  • Advanced electives in the student's area of interest
  • 200-hour practicum (starting with the class entering in Fall 2013)
  • Final essay


The program is open to...

  • Physicians, dentists, and veterinarians
  • Holders of doctoral degrees in the health sciences
  • Advanced medical and dental students (considered on an individual basis)
  • Holders of other relevant doctoral-level degrees (considered on an individual basis)

If you're a graduate of a foreign medical and dental school, you must hold a valid medical or dental license in the United States, be eligible for licensure, be in a residency or fellowship program, or be a visiting clinician planning to return to your native country.

Admissions Requirements

How to Apply


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MMPH news


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Latinos Surpass Non-Latinos in COVID-19 Vaccination in Pennsylvania, But The Numbers Come with Caveats

WESA-FM - Reaching 50 percent of Latinos was made possible by intentional directed community efforts, according to Diego Chaves-Gnecco (MMPH '00). "We take people on a walk-in basis. We're vaccinating adults without health insurance, without appointments, and in their same language, in Spanish," he... (09/30/2021)

Acosta-Cazares: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Practice 

Acosta-Cazares: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Practice

"The application of the epidemiological method to everyday problems is something that pleases me and creates challenges for me. I enjoy my work because most of the time I have been involved in the analysis of morbidity and mortality data, in the research of health problems from the epidemiological ... (11/17/2020)

Meet our Faculty: David Finegold  

Meet our Faculty: David Finegold

David Finegold began his 40+ year relationship with the University of Pittsburgh as an undergrad and then receiving his MD from the School of Medicine in 1972. Working in biochemistry and pediatrics, he moved into public health as a result of collaboration in his medical work. Finegold is human gen... (08/11/2021)
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