Master of Public Health in Infectious Disease Management, Intervention, and Community Practice

The MPH with a concentration in Infectious Disease Management, Intervention, and Community Practice (MIC) provides a tailored educational experience to foster competencies for practice, research, and education in public health. Students take courses that focus on global and domestic infectious diseases including HIV, and assists students in designing interventions, approaches, and policies to address the increase in infectious diseases as well as emerging infectious disease threats to public health. This coursework paired with hands-on practicum experience particular to the student’s interest prepares students for careers in public health education, program development and management, or further education.

Accelerated Schedule Option

The MPH-MIC program is compatible with an accelerated schedule where full-time students have the opportunity to finish in three (3) semesters (fall, spring, fall), which saves up to $20,000! For more information on the accelerated schedule, please email Please note this is exclusive to the degree program, and any additional certificate interests may require the full two years to graduation.

Financial Aid Opportunities

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. Additional financial support for travel to conferences and global MPH practicum sites are also available. For additional information, please visit our financial aid page.

Exciting Practicum Opportunities

As an IDM student, you’ll have the opportunity to gain public health practice and research experience through a practicum crafted to match your interests with specific aspects of infectious disease management, intervention and community practice. Practicum locations are diverse and can occur in local, regional, national, or international settings depending upon interests, opportunities, and available funding. These experiences can link your professional and career goals or offer an opportunity to explore new areas of practice and/or research within public health and related fields. Through the practicum experience, many students choose to conduct public health practice and/or research within the University of Pittsburgh campuses, UPMC hospitals throughout Western Pennsylvania, clinical, research centers, non-profit organizations, county and state governmental agencies including health departments, public welfare, and corrections to gain opportunities and apply knowledge, concepts, and practices from coursework to real world public health settings.

Practicum examples

  • AIDS United Fellowship, DC
  • Ecohealth Alliance
  • AIDS Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania
  • Allegheny County Health Department, Public Health Education
  • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Salud Para Ninos
  • Allegheny County Immunization Coalition


Recent graduates hold the following positions:

  • Executive director, Open Door, Inc.
  • PhD student, emerging infectious diseases, Uniformed Services University
  • Emergency preparedness and public health educator, Monroe County Health Department, Michigan
  • Research analyst, The Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Health Management Specialist, UPMC Health Plan
  • Medical student, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, Chicago
  • Medical student, University of Rochester
  • Medical student, Howard University

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Recent Essay and Thesis Titles:

  • Assessing the Knowledge and Attitudes of Black/African American Men who have Sex with Men on HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (thesis)
  • A Critical Review of the Effectiveness of Safe Injection Facilities as a Harm Reduction Strategy (essay)
  • Influyentes: A Strategy to Improve Flu Vaccination Coverage among Hispanics in Pittsburgh, PA (essay)
  • The Impact of Transfusion-Transmissible Viruses on Blood Product Management in the United States (essay)
  • Overuse of Antibiotics for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria at a University Teaching Hospital (thesis)

Browse further titles in D-Scholarship, the institutional repository for research output at the University of Pittsburgh.


Graduates will be able to...

  • Demonstrate knowledge of local, regional, national and global infectious diseases.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of social, economic, and cultural factors for the prevention, control and/or elimination of the emergence and spread of infectious diseases in specific populations and communities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of infectious disease pathogenesis, prevention, clinical diagnosis, and treatment in relevant populations in domestic and international settings.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of clinical, behavioral, epidemiological aspects of infectious disease prevention and treatment interventions for health services, systems of care, organizations, institutions, communities, and governments.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in recognizing, assessing, evaluating scientific research and best practices to make evidence-based public health recommendations for infectious disease planning, interventions, research, and policies.

All graduates also achieve the core and cross-cutting competencies for Pitt Public Health MPH students.


  • 42 credits, including coursework, practicum experience, and a written essay or thesis
  • Foundational public health courses
  • Advanced courses in health education, health policy, and prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases
  • Public health practicum experience
  • Thesis or essay related to infectious diseases

Full program information:
Student Handbook


Linda Frank
professor, and director of MPH-MIC program
2120 Public Health



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