Leaders in knowledge, service and practice.
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Empowering the future of public health.

We are a top-ranked destination for those driven to lead vital initiatives that strengthen local communities and diverse populations around the world. Our groundbreaking research grows from a rich history—from the development of the polio vaccine in the 1950s to today’s virtual modeling of infectious diseases. Pitt Public Health's seven distinct departments are led by renowned faculty members who prepare our graduates for rewarding and influential positions at highly regarded institutions and organizations across the globe.

Why Choose Public Health?

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History & Mission

Established in 1948 — the same year that Jonas Salk began work on a polio vaccine — Pitt Public Health laid a strong foundation of public health service through innovative practices and live-saving research.

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Our Departments

Through scientific exploration, we set the bar for disease surveillance, risk-factor identification, intervention development and implementation, public policy advocacy, and pioneering disease control and prevention. 

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Current Priorities

Teaching, research and community engagement are the pillars of Pitt Public Health. Learn how we link these core areas with four strategic priorities to improve the health of our communities and world.

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Proven success & impact

As graduates of a consistently top-ranked school, Pitt Public Health alumni have the knowledge and power to forge positive change.

Top 10% for Public Health Schools

Top 10% for Public Health Schools The School of Public Health currently ranks among the top 10% of all schools of public health by U.S. News & World Report.

Early Accreditation with CEPH

Early Accreditation with CEPH The 13th school in the country to be accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

$87.7 Million in Current Research Grants

$87.7 Million in Current Research Grants In 2022, researchers were awarded $87.7 million in grants to address complex current and emerging public health issues.

More than 7,000 public health grads

More than 7,000 public health grads Our grads are working in public health all over the world, serving as proof of our success as educators and researchers.

Top 5 in NIH Funding

Top 5 in NIH Funding Pitt consistently ranks among the top five schools in the nation for funding from the National Institutes of Health.

First in LGBTQ+ Health

First in LGBTQ+ Health World’s first certificate program for LGBTQ+ health with a focus on the intersection of risk factors and behavior.