Things to Know

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From the Dean

School and University Updates

Virtual: Pitt Financial Aid Open House- Wednesday, January 27, 2021- 3-4 pm

Join Tom Damski and Thomas James as they discuss Financial Aid at the GRADUATE level – we will discuss financial aid eligibility, financial aid offers, and financial aid disbursements. Please be sure to RSVP.  

Virtual Practicum / Internship Symposium released for first-year MPH students

The annual Practicum / Internship Symposium has moved online to a Canvas online module that has been released for first-year MPH students. This module provides an overview of the practicum requirements to students as they start to think and search for their practicum. If you would like to be added to the course, please email  

“Public Health in Action: From the Amazon Rainforest to Allegheny County”
A public health student introduction to Dean Maureen Lichtveld

Pitt Public Health is pleased to welcome our new dean, Dr. Maureen Lichtveld to the school. Public health students are invited to a special remote presentation and introduction to Dean Lichtveld on 1/22 at 4:00 p.m.  Learn about her research, school priorities, commitment to student education and professional development, and engage directly with her. This event is considered a Public Health Grand Rounds event. Please be sure to RSVP.  

Save The Date: Dean’s Day 2021- April 5-7, 2021!

The tradition of Dean’s Day will continue in Spring 2021 as we proudly announce this year’s event will be April 5-7, 2021. Since 1999, Dean’s Day—Pitt Public Health’s annual showcase of student research—hosts student poster sessions during which participants present their work to a multidisciplinary audience. If any Public Health student is interested in participating they must submit an abstract no later than March 7, 2021.   

The Jewish Scholarship Service application for 2021-2022 is now available

Applications for need-based college scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year are available from the Jewish Scholarship Service of Greater Pittsburgh (JSS) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. This program is administered by Jewish Family and Community Services.   

Students: consider submitting to The Public Health Journal

The Student Government Association is looking for contributors for the next issue of The Public Health Journal, featuring student- and industry professional-driven content that focuses on bringing a multidisciplinary approach to furthering the dialogue surrounding public health. Consider submitting content including, but not limited to, opinion pieces/essays, news reports, research papers, and graphic design.   

Career Services

Job, Fellowship, and Internship Opportunities

This section appears in every edition of Things to Know and summarizes opportunities from alumni/faculty/staff/employers, current job posts in Handshake, and upcoming fellowship and internship deadlines.  

Grant, Scholarship, Internship, and Conference Opportunities

COVID Community Research Project - Paid Student Opportunity

The COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN) 5002 project seeks students from the Graduate School of Public Health to serve as study recruiters for a multicenter study looking at COVID-19 prevalence and seroprevalence in a representative sample of the community. The positions are expected to extend from January-June 2021 and may be used to meet the MPH practicum requirement pending approval from your academic advisor.  

Deadline Extended: Russell Rule Rycheck Award for a promising MPH student

The deadline for applying for the Russell Rule Rycheck Award, a $500 award for MPH students committed to the practice of public health, has been extended to January 25. Funds can be used for books, coursework, travel, or professional development.     

Deadline Extended: William T. Green Award in public health studies

The deadline for applying for the William T. Green Jr. Award, a $750 award to support research and special projects for currently enrolled Pitt Public Health students, has been extended to January 25. Funds can be used for direct research costs, books, travel, or professional memberships.  

Faculty Focus

Instructors: Find out how you are doing with a mid-term survey

Instructors teaching this term can sign up for a mid-term survey from OMET before February 18. Take advantage of this great opportunity to collect valuable student feedback!  

Steven D. Manners Faculty Development Awards (UCSUR)

Two awards of up to $20,000 each will support pilot research in the social, behavioral, and policy sciences. One-page letters of intent describing the proposed project are due by Friday, March 5. Evaluation will be based on scientific merit, background and experience of the investigator, relevance to University Center for Social and Urban Research focus areas, and other factors.   

2021 Request for Proposals: Pitt Seed

Faculty and staff are invited to submit ideas for transformative projects supporting one or more of the six goals and associated strategies in the Plan for Pitt, including research ideas, academic programs, process improvement, diversity and inclusion, community and industry partnership development, outreach, methods of teaching and learning, workshops, lectures, and enhancing the student experience. Letters of intent due Feb. 5 at noon.   

Teaching Tips

Preferred pronouns now easily added to your Canvas profile

There is now a convenient way for you to add your personal gender pronouns to your Canvas account. Find out how!  

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Upcoming issues

Things to Know comes out every-other Tuesday, including these upcoming dates for Spring Term 2021:

  • 1/12
  • 1/26
  • 2/9
  • 2/23
  • 3/9
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  • 4/6
  • 4/20