Pittsburgh Summer Institute

MPH Practicum/Internship Experiences with the Allegheny County Health Department

The Pittsburgh Summer Institute in Applied Public Health (PSI) provides an enhanced and productive practicum experience at the Allegheny County Health Department. In addition to working to address real public health problems in the county, participants experience the day-to-day operations of an active health department while working with experienced public health practitioners. In addition to their individual projects, PSI students engage in a group project that exposes them to the multidisciplinary, cross-cutting nature of work that is done in a local health department. The PSI offers a stipend of $1,500 to each student.

The Pittsburgh Summer Institute (PSI) with the Allegheny County Health Department will run May 10- July 30, 2021. 

Applications are expected to be available from this webpage on February 1 and close at midnight on February 21, 2021.

Core Experiences

  • Attendance at orientation.
  • Completion of a 200 hour practicum (flexible schedules are possible).
  • Completion and presentation of a project that addresses a specific public health need in Allegheny County at Student Showcases.

Qualifications for summer 2021

  • Current University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health student though the summer of 2021
  • Must have completed two semesters enrolled as a graduate student by the start of PSI 


All applications require completion of a brief online form and submission of a current resume and cover letter.

About the PSI

The PSI is sponsored by the Graduate School of Public Health. For students interested in PSI opportunities, questions can be directed to Robin A. Leaf, MEd, Director of Strategic Academic Initiatives and Accreditation.

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