“Expand your  credentials to prepare for the job market.”

Do you want to improve your skills to become more competitive in this challenging job market? Consider applying to a master's program at Pitt Public Health.   

Under the Pitt2Pitt program, Pitt students graduating this term can take advantage of streamlined admissions and scholarships into various graduate programs including all seven departments at Pitt Public Health. 

Streamlined admission to Pitt Public Health

2020 Pitt graduates choosing master's studies in public health can take advantage of an expedited Pitt2Pitt admission process, including

  • Merit-based scholarships of $4,000 to $10,000 per year are available.
  • GRE requirement waived.
  • Application fee waived. To receive a fee-waiver code for SOPHAS Express, email Karrie Lukin (presutti@pitt.edu).
  • All Pitt undergraduate majors accepted. Course prerequisites detailed below. Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0.
  • Simplified application. Submit just your goals statement, unofficial transcript, and one (1) letter of recommendation.
  • Expedited decisions. Hear back from the admissions committee in as soon as two weeks.
  • Extended application deadlines:
    July 15 for fall start  (all programs, both MPH and MS)
    May 5 for summer start (MPH only)

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Degree options and Requirements

All Pitt undergraduate majors accepted.

  • MPH applicants must have six college credits in behavioral and social sciences (not required for the MS).
  • All applicants must have mathematical preparation appropriate for entrance into Principles of Statistical Reasoning, through either previous collegiate coursework or advanced placement coursework reflected on the college transcript.
  • Some programs have course prerequisites (details below).


Space in these programs is limited, so contact our admissions team soon with your questions:

Karrie Lukin
Recruitment and admissions manager

Apply now

through SOPHAS Express.
Detailed instructions below.

Meet a master's student


Meet Dominic DiSanto, MS student in health data science 

Meet Dominic DiSanto, MS student in health data science

“I’m especially excited about my health data science concentration. It’s a very dynamic skill set and one that translates well to all different kinds of problems," said Dominic DiSanto (BIOST MS '21). "The curriculum in general looks like a very applied curriculum and the idea of having a consultin... (12/11/2019)

Meet Lingyun Lyu, Pitt Biostats MS graduate and PhD candidate  

Meet Lingyun Lyu, Pitt Biostats MS graduate and PhD candidate

Lingyun Lyu (BIOST PhD '22) is a second-year Ph.D. student in Biostatistics at Pitt Public Health. She came to Pitt in 2016 and earned her M.S. in Biostatistics in 2018. She loved the master’s program and thinks that it’s really well-designed. In addition to many essential statistical theory and ap... (12/09/2019)

Meet Ashika Mani, accelerated MS student in statistics and biostatistics 

Meet Ashika Mani, accelerated MS student in statistics and biostatistics

Ashika Mani (BIOST MS '21) joined Pitt Public Health this year via our Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program. “It was a pretty natural choice as I was looking to jumpstart my graduate studies early,” she said. “I was almost done with my undergraduate requirements.” She felt like she had so much m... (12/11/2019)

Meet joint-degree student Laurenia Mangum (BCHS/SocWk), Coverdell Fellow 

Meet joint-degree student Laurenia Mangum (BCHS/SocWk), Coverdell Fellow

Laurenia Mangum worked within the children, youth, and family sector in the Philippines while in the Peace Corps. “The BCHS program compliments my social work background and serves as a great transition from the Peace Corps. It meets my needs without compartmentalizing the studies into one particul... (05/01/2019)
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Degree / Concentration
Prerequisite courses


Behavioral and Community Health Sciences


Learn community-engagement strategies and social and behavioral concepts to assess the health status of populations, apply social/behavioral theory, use social/behavioral science research methods to evaluate health promotion programs and develop programmatic and policy recommendations. Prepare for a career in applied public health at the individual, organizational, and community levels.


MS in Biostatistics

Prerequisites: calculus (2 terms)


If you have a background in calculus and a strong interest in public health, learn the statistical theory and methods needed to become an effective statistical collaborator and to lead in the design and execution of studies. Choose a traditional biostatistics curriculum or a new concentration in either

Environmental and Occupational Health

(MPH in EOH )

Interested in the impact that environmental agents and the actions of others may have on the well being of your community, or work colleagues? Become familiar with the important concepts essential to public health practice,tailoring your studies toward either environmental health science or risk assessment. 


(MPH in EPI)  

Prior coursework in social sciences (6 cr.), mathematics (3 cr.), human biology (3 cr.) 

Build a strong foundation in evaluating and responding to critical public health issues such as infectious diseases, aging and chronic disease prevention, global, reproductive or environmental health, population neuroscience, and injury prevention. Prepare for a career as an epidemiologist working in a health department; at the CDC or NIH; in a hospital or pharmaceutical or consulting company; or pursue doctoral studies in medicine, dentistry, epidemiology or biostatistics.

Health Policy and Management

(MPH in HPM)

Prepare for a career with governmental agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, non-profit and community-based organizations, foundations, consulting firms, health plans, and health care systems. Learn to lead through a combination of coursework, during a health policy-related practicum or residency, and from a public health leader-in-residence.

Human Genetics

(MPH in Public Health Genetics)

Prior coursework in mathematics (3 cr.) and genetics (3 cr.; other college level coursework in biology may be considered to fulfill this requirement)

Train in both public health and human genetics to prepare for a career in the evolving field of public health genetics. Integrate genetics with multiple public health disciplines to address society’s legal, ethical, financial, regulatory, and organizational responsibilities in offering genetic services and developing interventions to bring genetic services to the public. 

Note: The MPH program in Public Health Genetics is full and is no longer accepting applications for Fall 2020 admission.

Human Genetics

MS in Genome Bioinformatics

Prior coursework in calculus or statistics, programming/coding experience, and at least one course in biology

Become an expert in applying computation tools for studying and interpreting the human genome in a future where genomics is central to precision medicine and biomedical research. Beyond coursework, you'll participate in a structured internship to hone your analytic and communication skills for the job market.

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

Community practice track
Concentrating in infectious disease Management, Intervention, and Community practice (MPH-MIC)

Learn to design interventions, approaches, and policies to address threats to public health by studying global and domestic infectious diseases. Pair coursework with hands-on practicum experience to prepare for a career in public health education, program development and management, or for further education.

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

Laboratory practice track
Concentrating in infectious disease Pathogenesis, Eradication, and Laboratory practice (MPH- PEL)

Study pathogen biology, immunology, and epidemiology within the broader framework of public health and develop skills for the laboratory setting. Graduate from the laboratory practice MPH program with the expertise necessary for occupations in public health education, analysis, and research in the non-profit, government, or private sectors or for further education in medical or graduate programs.


Master's programs generally run 18-24 months. Find details on all of the school's master's programs.