Academic Handbook

The administrative details of getting your degree are governed by policies and procedures at three levels: the department, the school, and the University. These Web pages contain all of the Pitt Public Health policies and procedures and contains links to the most important University policies. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the department-level information provided by your program.

Part I: Advising and Mentoring

  • Academic advising
  • How to get the mentoring you need
  • How to build your professional skills
  • Getting ready to graduate

Part II: Course and Credit Requirements

  • School-level course requirements
  • Departmental and elective course requirements
  • Grades and academic standing
  • Enrollment requirements
  • Course scheduling preference for veteran students
  • Academic integrity and plagiarism
  • Transfer credit for prior graduate work
  • Adding a second degree, or a certificate, or changing departments or degrees
  • Credit sharing among two or more degrees and/or certificates earned simultaneously
  • Statutes of Limitations

Part III: Research, Practice, and Examination Requirements

  • Practicum requirements
  • Research requirements
  • Examination requirements
  • Essays, thesis, and dissertations requirements

Part IV: Detailed Policies and References

  • Pitt Public Health policies and documents   
    • School-level required (core) courses
    • Biostatistics core course policy
    • Milestone committee composition rules
    • Detailed essay, thesis, and dissertation rules
    • School-wide MPH essay/ thesis completion policy
    • Independent Development Plan (IDP) policy
    • Probation and dismissal guidelines
    • Pitt Public Health academic integrity procedures
    • TA and GSR policy
  • University policies