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A twice monthly e-newsletter featuring updates and announcements for students and faculty from the Office of Student Affairs, the Graduate School of Public Health, and the University.

From the Dean

In case you missed it: Dean Burke's Farewell Address reflects on thirteen years as dean of Pitt Public Health

Outgoing Dean Don Burke asked a crowded auditorium to think about the definition of health and the origins of the term "health care.” He reported on the health of the world, the nation, and Allegheny County, and then talked about the importance of the social determinants of health and about next steps - both his and those of the public health workforce, encouraging suggestions for improving population health in this pivotal time.   

School and University Updates

Tableau software free for students and classroom use

Tableau data analytics software is now free for students and faculty for classroom use. If you do not know how to use Tableau or its potential, look out for an in-house Professional Development workshop in fall 2019. Check out the University of Pittsburgh Information Technology page for more information about Tableau or other software available.  

Sign up for Qualtrics training at Pitt Public Health

Faculty, staff, and students can attend a professional development opportunity to learn the online survey system: Qualtrics. Presented by the Teaching Center, this hands-on workshop will run participants through the basics as well as a number of advanced features.  

Helpful resource for supporting inclusion related to gender transition

Pitt has created “Guidelines for Inclusion Relating to Gender Transition” to help foster an understanding of transgender issues in the employment environment and guidance on how to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for individuals transitioning at the University.  

Save the Date: Pittsburgh Summer Institute in Applied Public Health Practice annual events

Students from this year's PSI cohort will present their work - some at the Mid-Summer Showcase on July 16, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Allegheny County Health Department and the rest at the Closing Celebration on August 8, 2-4:30 p.m. (reception to follow presentations) here at Pitt Public Health. To learn more about their group project with WIC, their individual work, and the events, visit   

Required graduation paperwork and academic handbook updated

June and August grads (and student services staff) should note that updates have been made to the required graduation paperwork. The applicable sections of the academic handbook have also been updated. Be sure to review all updated information at Continuing students: stay tuned later this summer for an updated web layout for the academic handbook!  

June and August 2019 graduation deadlines updated

Information within graduation deadlines and important dates for June and August 2019 (term 2197) has been updated, specifically, dates to review essay or ETD. June grads should make an appointment with Joanne Pegher for review sometime between now and June 14 and August graduates should schedule between late May and August 2.   

Paris WHO 2019 Simulation: Maternal and Child Health

Registration is officially open! Simulations seek to fill a gap in students' public health education, while also serving as a call to health professionals and students from other fields to become proactive in global health policy and wellness. Forge new friendships while having a fun-time enacting and taking on the character of a state or a non-state actor.   

Career Services

Summer Events for Pittsburgh Interns: Pittsburgh Passport Series

The Allegheny Conference on Community Development has arranged a series of events open to students interning with Pittsburgh companies this summer. Connect with local employers, attend professional development seminars, and take advantage of many outdoor and cultural activities and resources.  

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) 2020 Application Dates

The PMF Program Office has posted tentative dates for the upcoming 2020 application and the Assessment Preparation Guide. The application is anticipated to be open from October 3rd to October 17th, 2019. The 2020 Assessment Preparation Guide can be found under "Assessment Process" on the PMF website. This highly selective leadership program recruits advanced degree candidates for two-year paid fellowships within the Federal government.  

Save the Date: 2019 Women in Medicine and Science Forum - Nov 20

This annual event provides a venue for women to share strengths, talents and experience, and fosters an academic culture which supports the professional and personal development of women students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, and faculty members in medicine and science. This year's theme is Climate, Culture & Conflict in Academia. Hosted by the Office of Academic Career Development (OACD) at the University Club.  

Faculty Focus

Early adopters for Canvas learning management system wanted

The University of Pittsburgh is moving to the Canvas learning management system next year. Faculty interested in making the switch this fall should volunteer to be an early adopter!  

Pitt Public Health marks notable retirements at close of 2018-19

The 2018-19 academic year marks a number of notable retirements among Pitt Public Health faculty and staff.  Find out more...  

Pre-register for digital accessibility brown bag on 7/16

Prepare for new Pitt and federal requirements by learning key concepts in digital accessibility, how they impact people with disabilities, and what you can do to begin to reduce barriers on your website, in your documents, and beyond. Angela Bedford-Jack from Pitt's Office of Diversity and Inclusion will present ways to support a diverse and inclusive community by creating digital spaces that all community members can freely, independently, and ... 

Teaching Tips

Classroom technology updates and reminder

A number of upgrades to classroom technology have been made at Pitt Public Health, including new wireless microphones and projectors. Please remember to turn off any tech that you are not using and/or shut everything down at the end of your lesson!  

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