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 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 including required core courses and biostatistics core policy
  • 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
  • Probation and dismissal guidelines

Part III: Research, Practice, and Examination Requirements

  • Practicum requirements
  • Research requirements
  • Examination requirements
  • Core faculty for committees and rules for committee composition

Part IV: Graduation Information

  • Detailed essay, thesis, and dissertation rules
  • School-wide MPH essay/thesis completion policy
  • Essays, theses, and dissertations requirements

Additional Resources


University policies

Academic Integrity
Anti-Harassment Policy Statement
Buckley Amendment (FERPA)
Drug-Free Schools
Graduate Advising
Graduate Student Parental Accommodations Guidelines and
Parental Accommodation Request Form
Graduate Student Researchers
Nondiscrimination Policy Statement
Regulations Governing Graduate Study
Required On-line Training for Student Researchers
Research Integrity
Responsible Conduct of Research
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Student Code of Conduct
Students with Disabilities
Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows, and Graduate Student Assistants