Education and Training by Department

Within our vibrant community, comprised of the following seven departments, you will find a common goal: to transform the health and well-being of individuals, communities and populations everywhere.

Curious about what role you might play in the future of public health? Review the academic programs offered across the school below, visit the department websites or contact us with questions.

Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

BCHS offers a master’s degree program which prepares students for careers in public, voluntary, and private organizations that focus on public health concerns and two doctoral degree programs. 

The doctoral programs prepare students for careers in research, leadership, and teaching in academic and practice settings.

  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

BCHS also offers joint degrees with other graduate schools within the University of Pittsburgh.

With the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Dept of Anthropology

  • MPH/PhD

With the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs


With the School of Social Work

  • MPH/PhD


Department Contact: Paul Markgraf


The Department of Biostatistics offers the following degrees:

  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Master of Science (MS) with Concentration in Health Data Science (HDS)
  • Master of Science (MS) with Concentration in Statistical and Computational Genomics (SCG)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Students gain an understanding of statistical methods, various statistical computational procedures for analyzing, processing and interpreting large-scale data sets; work with faculty on developing new methodologies; and have the opportunity through research and service to apply these methods to current problems in biomedicine and public health. We have many ongoing collaborative research projects on which students can work directly with faculty for training and experience.


Department Contact: Helen Chen

Environmental and Occupational Health

The EOH Department offers two degrees in the environmental health sciences, providing a broad theoretical and practical education for positions in academia, industry, or government. The multiple tracks provide flexibility in acquiring advance training in toxicology, environmental biophysics, molecular and cellular pathobiology, risk assessment, and exposure science.

  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Our professional degree programs allow students to earn concentrations in environmental health or risk assessment and apply these concepts to public health practice.

  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with Concentration in Public Health Practice (PhD PHP)

Students and faculty perform studies on the principles and practice of environmental health ranging from basic research at the cellular and molecular level to applied translational studies of human disease, population exposure, and public health studies.


Department Contact: Bryanna Snyder


The Department of Epidemiology offers the following degrees:

  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • MD/PhD Joint Degree

Our epidemiology graduate programs incorporate into the teaching program activities that provide a practical educational experience that is based on a foundation of research excellence. Students take a series of core courses in epidemiology and public health and may choose to focus on one of several areas of emphasis.


Department Contact:  Amy Rhodes


Health Policy and Management

The HPM department offers professional degrees, research degrees, joint degrees, and certificates in:

  • Master of Health Administration (MHA)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Master of Science in Health Services Research and Policy (MS)
  • Doctoral Program in Health Services Research and Policy (PhD)
  • Master of Health Administration/Master of Business Administration (MHA/MBA)
  • Master of Public Health/Juris Doctor (JD/MPH)
  • Certificate in Health Care Systems Engineering
  • Certificate in Health Systems Leadership and Management

Conducted by faculty and students in our MS and PhD programs, HPM’s research addresses problems of health policy, health services delivery, outcomes measurement, patient safety, leadership, and the organizational management of health care organizations and systems.


Department Contact: Jessica Dornin

Human Genetics

The Department of Human Genetics offers four master’s level programs, and two doctoral programs:

  • Master of Science in Human Genetics (MS)
  • Master of Science in Genetic Counseling (MSGC)
  • Master of Science in Genome Bioinformatics 
  • Master of Public Health in Public Health Genetics (MPH)
  • Dual MS in Genetic Counseling and MPH in Public Health Genetics (MSGC-MPH)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • MD/PhD in Human Genetics and Medicine 

Pitt Public Health human genetics faculty and students currently are involved in varied research projects and have developed and used genetic methods to investigate the causes and treatment of hereditary and acquired human illness and to understand and explore the impact of genetics on public health, education, and disease prevention.

Human Genetics

Department Contact: Noel Harrie

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

Doctoral and master level degree programs offered include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)

Within the MPH program two concentrations are available:

  • Infectious Disease Pathogenesis Eradication and Laboratory Practice (PEL)
  • Infectious Disease Management, Intervention, and Community Practice (MIC)

Our integrated microbiology graduate programs are devoted to the education and training of graduate students in various molecular, immunologic, epidemiologic, and biologic aspects of microbial pathogenesis, as well as infectious disease control, prevention and education.


Department Contact: Erin Schuetz