Bachelor's Degree

Start your journey to protect the health of populations

The COVID-19 pandemic has put public health in the global spotlight and emphasized the need for a strong and dynamic public health workforce. In addition to tackling infectious diseases like COVID-19, public health professionals strive to promote health and well-being across populations and communities.

While clinicians such as nurses or physicians focus on treating individuals, public health practitioners apply quantitative, social, and biological science tools – plus tools from almost every other field – to address the health needs of entire populations.

Are you ready to become a public health leader?

Pitt Public Health has a long history of preparing generations of leaders to meet the needs of our communities. We are excited to launch a new Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degreeexpanding into undergraduate education.

The BSPH is a four-year degree program that provides students with a foundation in the key disciplines of public health while incorporating active learning activities. BSPH students learn about today’s most pressing public health topics, including climate change, precision public health, health equity, and the role of technology and innovation in health promotion.

Students gain on-the-ground experience through the program’s unique service-learning component. Every BSPH student works in the community to directly engage with populations and get a firsthand look at how their coursework translates into real-world settings.

Some of our current BSPH course offerings

  • Fundamentals of Public Health is the foundation for your future in public health. It provides an overview of key public health concepts and applications. 
  • Genes, Cells, and Communities: Introduction to Public Health Biology introduces you to the biological basis of the most pressing global public health challenges of the 21st century.
  • Essentials of Health Equity: Exploring Social and Structural Determinants of Health engages students in a critical exploration of the intersectionality of health disparities.
  • Public Health Threats in Suriname: From Ecosystem to Human Health provides an opportunity to learn about global public health and environmental health threats in a developing country.
  • Introduction to Global Health covers fundamental concepts in global public health, including the relationships among health status, education, and poverty, and cross-cutting issues such as culture, ethics and human rights.
  • Introduction to Public Health Biostatistics provides an overview of statistical methods used in public health practice and research, and hands-on training in statistical application methods.  
  • Introduction to Community-Based Approaches to Public Health explores how community and cultures impact health and well-being, and the importance of community engagement.
  • Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences covers fundamental concepts of environmental the processes, exposures, agents, and disparities influencing disease progression. 
  • Introduction to Epidemiology introduces the data-driven science of understanding the health of populations and the prevention and control of diseases. 
  • Introduction to Health Policy and Management provides a framework for understanding the social, political, legal, and economic dimensions of the U.S. health care and public health systems. 

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Pitt Public Health COVID-19 News

Peddada addresses international students, online classes

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"A special message to our international students who must feel away from their dear ones more than ever before...I'm glad to see that Dr. Tseng is organizing virtual social events engaging interested students and faculty. I also understand students themselves are organizing other social events. Such activities should be upllifting and helpful to all of us. If there is anything else we can do to help you through these difficult times, then please... 

Chaotic search for coronavirus treatments undermines efforts, says Angus

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WASHINGTON POST - “It’s a cacophony—it’s not an orchestra. There’s no conductor,” said Pitt Med and HPM faculty's Derek Angus (BCHS '92), who is leading a covid-19 trial to test multiple therapies. “My heart aches over the complete chaos in the response.” The lack of coordination puts the world at risk of ending up with a raft of inconclusive and conflicting studies and little idea of what interventions work for the next wave of illness.  

Reed works with lab animals to help defeat the new coronavirus

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SCIENCE – Dozens of research teams are racing to develop animal models that can help find effective COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. IDM’s Douglas Reed is staging experiments in air chambers that attempt to infect monkeys through this route, which both might increase pathogenicity and offer clues about transmission risks. He explains, “We’re trying to get enough virus into them to get some kind of disease.”  

Contact Mara Leff with questions or for more information. 

Mara Leff (BCHS '16)
Adjunct Faculty and Director of Undergraduate Curriculum 


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Meet a public health student

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Meet Jonathan Yasin, BSPH student 

Meet Jonathan Yasin, BSPH student

“For the longest time, I wanted to be a physician,” says Jonathan, a native of Long Island, N.Y.  “But, I never thought about it in a global context or considered all the things that shape health until my volunteer work.  I started really thinking about public health and how it could be a window in... (01/11/2022)
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Pitt Public Health launches new undergraduate degree program 

Pitt Public Health launches new undergraduate degree program

In response to the growing interest in public health careers among younger generations and the need for a more diverse and community-focused public health workforce, the University of Pittsburgh is officially launching an  undergraduate program  for students seeking a career in public health. ... (01/14/2022)
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Diana Bellino, Bob Yee Scholarship Awardee 

Diana Bellino, Bob Yee Scholarship Awardee

A native of Hanover Park, IL, Diana Bellino is pursuing an MPH with a concentration in infectious disease management, intervention, and community practice. She studied public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is interested in cooking, painting/crafting, and anything outside.  (11/09/2021)
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Meet Amy Raslevich, Health Justice Scholar 

Meet Amy Raslevich, Health Justice Scholar

“I am honored to be a part of the Health Justices Scholars program to continue learning racial health equity frameworks and approaches, and to expand my network in the region as we work to break down silos related to the social determinants of health and to improving the health system for those for... (11/15/2021)
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Meet Sarah Scott, Health Justice Scholar 

Meet Sarah Scott, Health Justice Scholar

Sarah Scott (BCHS ’23) is a first year MPH student and Pittsburgh native who returned home after completing her undergraduate degree in psychology at Pepperdine University. “I am most looking forward to learning more about health equity theories and frameworks to better develop my research projects... (11/15/2021)
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