Each degree program requires a different set of courses. Students should consult with their departments about these requirements, as some departments may have additional stipulations.
School-level Required Core Courses
- Master of Public Health
The MPH core curriculum provides the foundational knowledge and competencies that all public health professionals needs. Based on the CEPH core competencies, it covers the following broad areas: evidence-based approaches to public health, public health and health care systems, planning and management to promote health, policy in public health, leadership, communication, interprofessional practice and systems thinking.
MPH students are required to complete the coursework for PUBHLT 2033 Foundations in Public Health during their first fall term of enrollment. If credit limit for the fall term is an issue, consult with your advisor.
Students must complete all other core courses before taking PUBHLT 2035 (Applications in Public Health) although exceptions can be made for students who need to take their last remaining core course simultaneously with the Applications course. Exceptions are granted by permission of the course instructor.
- PUBHLT 2015 Public Health biology (2 credits)
- BIOST 2011 Principles of Statistical Reasoning (3 credits) or BIOST 2041 Introduction to Statistical Methods I (3 credits)*
- EPIDEM 2110 Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)
- BCHS 2509 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health** (3 credits)
- EOH 2013 Environmental Health and Disease*** (2 credits)
- HPM 2001 Health Policy and Management in Public Health (3 credits)
- PUBHLT 2022 The Dean's Public Health Grand Rounds+ (0 credits)
- PUBHLT 2033 Foundations in Public Health (1 credit)
- PUBHLT 2034 Public Health Communications (2 credits)
- PUBHLT 2035 Applications in Public Health (2 credits)
*Selection of BIOST course(s) should be done after consultation with your advisor. See full info below.
**Not required for BCHS students
***Not required for EOH students
+Two terms required. Offered fall and spring.
- Master of Health Administration
- PUBHLT 2011 Essentials of Public Health (3 credits)
- PUBHLT 2022 The Dean's Public Health Grand Rounds+ (0 credits)
+Two terms required. Offered fall and spring.
- Master of Science
- PUBHLT 2011: Essentials of Public Health (3 credits)
- EPIDEM 2110 Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)
- PUBHLT 2022 The Dean's Public Health Grand Rounds (0 credits)
- Doctor of Public Health
Students seeking a DrPH take the same school-wide core as MPH students, unless they enter with an MPH degree from an accredited school or program of public health, in which case they are only required to take two terms of PUBHLT 2022 The Dean's Public Health Grand Rounds (0 credits). Offered fall and spring.
- Doctor of Philosophy
- EPIDEM 2110 Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)
- PUBHLT 2011 Essentials of Public Health (3 credits)
- PUBHLT 2022 The Dean's Public Health Grand Rounds+ (0 credits)
+Two terms required. Offered fall and spring
Biostatistics Core Course Policy
The purpose of this policy statement is
- to clarify the distinction between requirements for professional public health degrees, academic public health degrees and non public health degrees as defined by CEPH
- to delineate a revised policy for biostatistics core courses for Pitt Public Health professional degrees.
- Pitt Public Health Degree Types
For the purposes of CEPH accreditation, there are three types of degrees offered by Pitt Public Health: professional public health degrees (all MPH and DrPH degrees), non public health degrees (MHA and MS in genetic counseling) and academic public health degrees (all other MS and PhD degrees).
- Policy for Academic Public Health and Non-Public Health Degrees
Neither CEPH nor Pitt Public Health requires any specific biostatistical training. Thus, statistical requirements for each of these degree programs are at the discretion of the department offering the degree, though degree programs as a whole need to be approved by the EPCC, by the University and by CEPH.
- Policy for Professional Public Health Degrees
For MPH and DrPH degrees, Pitt Public Health and CEPH require that all students take or be formally exempted from a course that addresses the core biostatistical competencies necessary for a public health professional degree. This requirement can be met by either of the following, though many departments have more specific requirements. Students should choose between these options in close consultation with their advisors.
- BIOST 2011
- BIOST 2041
- In special circumstances and with the permission of both the student's advisor and the Department of Biostatistics, other introductory statistics courses may be substituted for the above. However, any course or course sequence that is substituted must cover the relevant CEPH competencies (MPH Foundational Competencies 2, 3 and 4).
March 2012 | Amended July 2018
Exemption from Required Courses
Exemptions from school-level required courses are made on a case-by-case basis. These are based on attainment of CEPH competencies through coursework and completion of course(s) at an accredited school of public health. These courses may or may not be accompanied by advanced standing credits.
To apply for an MPH core course exemption, students must complete an MPH Core Course Exemption form, explicitly listing the competencies on which the exemption is based. The form must be signed by the student's advisor and the core course instructor before it is submitted to the Office of Student Affairs. If advanced standing credit is being requested, a Course Credits Accepted Form must also be filed.
DrPH students with an accredited MPH degree may be exempted from all MPH requirements except Public Health Grand Rounds. MPH Core Course Exemption forms must be completed and submitted to the Office of Student Affairs.
MS and PhD students can be exempted from Essentials of Public Health (PUBHLT 2011) by submitting the Essentials of Public Health exemption form to the Office of Student Affairs.
Advance scheduling information for school-level required MPH courses is available. Most courses are offered twice per year. Students should plan their schedules carefully with their advisors to ensure that it will be possible to complete the necessary courses.
A grade of B or better is required for all core courses.
If a student earns a grade below a B, they should meet with their advisor to discuss the grade. In these cases, the student is strongly encouraged to re-take the course. However, the final decision will be left to the advisor and the student.
If a student earns a grade below a C, they must repeat the course. The Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee (EPCC), via the Office of Student Affairs, will email a memorandum notifying the student and their advisor of the policy. Students have a maximum of two attempts to achieve a grade of C or better in a core course.
See the Pitt Public Health probation and dismissal policy for further details on minimum grade requirements.
GPA Requirement for Certificate Students
Students enrolled in public health graduate certificate programs and a public health degree program must maintain cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the certificate program courses. Students enrolled only in a public health graduate certificate program must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA or higher, as required by the certificate program director.
Dean's Public Health Grand Rounds Course
PUBHLT 2022 (the Dean's Public Health Grand Rounds), is a required, non-credit course for all Pitt Public Health students. Two terms are required for graduation. Note that the course is offered only in the fall and spring terms. Students should register for Grand Rounds in the first two consecutive terms they are enrolled.
Students are exempt from this course if they...
- are only in a certificate program
- are in a formal joint degree program
- complete a Pitt Public Health degree program, fulfill the two semester PUBHLT 2022 requirement, and enter a second Pitt Public Health degree program without a break in enrollment. The summer term does not count towards continuous enrollment.
All students are also required to complete "Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence: Title IX, VAWA, and the Cleary Act for Faculty and Staff,” an online training module administered through the University of Pittsburgh's Office of Diversity & Inclusion.
Most students are also required to complete various research ethics modules. A list of other modules required for research and practice at Pitt are outlined on the resources for research and practice Web page.
Departmental and Elective Coursework
Requirements and Exemptions
Course requirements other than those stated above are established and enforced by individual departments and/or programs. Exemptions are handled at the departmental level. Departmental procedures for exemptions should include a written (paper or electronic) record that clearly states the justification for the exemption.
Departments may restrict or suggest choices for elective course credits. Refer to your program handbook and get advice from faculty and students.
Courses at Other Pitt schools
Pitt Public Health students may take courses in other schools within the University of Pittsburgh. Course schedules are available in the complete University time schedule of classes or in the Student Center of My Pitt. Whether or not these credits can be applied to their degree at Pitt Public Health depends on several factors.
In general, graduate-level credits taken at the University of Pittsburgh outside of Pitt Public Health may be applied to degrees as long as they are relevant to the degree being pursued. Check with your advisor.
A maximum of 6 upper-level undergraduate credits may be applied with advisor permission, provided that credits are earned while enrolled as a degree-seeking student at Pitt Public Health. Credits taken as an undergraduate or non-degree student will not be considered.
Courses at Other Colleges and Universities
Pitt Public Health students may register for courses as part of the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education program. Registration for these courses must often be done earlier than standard Pitt deadlines. The student must be registered full-time (FTDR or 9 credits minimum) at Pitt Public Health before requesting cross-registration at another school. Cross-registration is allowed in the fall and spring terms only. The registration form is available online; however, a hard copy with all the necessary signatures must be taken to the Office of the Registrar.
Total Credit Requirements
In addition to required courses, each degree or certificate also has a minimum number of required credits. These should be clearly stated in program handbooks. Transfer or advanced standing credits (see below) can count towards this total credit requirement. Credit sharing for students in two or more programs is also possible (see below). The number of credits that can be shared or transferred is limited.
Course Scheduling Preference for Veteran Students
Students who have served in the military and have registered with the Office of Veterans Services at the university are granted a priority enrollment appointment to enroll in classes prior to the standard enrollment period. See registrar’s Veteran Student Course Scheduling Policy for complete details.
Grades and Academic Standing
Minimum Grade Point Average
Students who fail to make satisfactory progress may be subject to academic probation, suspension, and/or dismissal. Students who have completed at least 9 quality point credits and whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation. Notification occurs via a memorandum to the student and advisor from the Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee via the Office of Student Affairs. Full-time students have 2 semesters and part-time students have 18 credit hours to bring their GPA to at least 3.0. Students on probation are not eligible to take the PhD preliminary evaluation, the MS or PhD comprehensive examination, or to graduate.
Letter grades A, B, C, and D are considered passing grades. A letter grade of F is a failing grade.
G, NG, and I grades
G grades indicate incomplete coursework due to extenuating circumstances occurring at the end of a term. If a situation arises prior to the end of the term which prevents students from completing their coursework, they are expected to withdraw from the course or resign from the term and re-register for the course(s) in a future semester.
G grades must be resolved within one year or will automatically change to NG. NG grades cannot be reversed. A student who receives an NG grade will have to re-register for the course if it is required for graduation.
The Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee (EPCC) notifies students that they are approaching the maximum permissible number of G grade credits at 9 credits of G grades. In instances where students accumulate 15 credits of G grades, they become unable to register until most or all G grades are resolved. Students should work with the instructor who assigned the G grade(s) to get them resolved.
Special studies courses, thesis or dissertation credits and other courses that are normally not graded at the end of one term receive I grades. See the probation and dismissal policy for details.
Full-time registration is 9-15 credits. More than 15 credits is considered an overload and will incur additional tuition charges.
Registration in the Term of Graduation
All degree-seeking students must be registered for at least one credit or FTDR in the term of graduation. See the graduation Web site for details.
Lapses in Registration
Students who do not register for three consecutive terms are considered inactive and must re-apply via SOPHAS if they wish to re-register.
International Student Requirements
Students with visas should contact the Office of International Services (OIS) and be sure to follow the enrollment requirements. Generally, full-time registration (9 credits or FTDR) is required. International students who have completed most course requirements can petition OIS for permission to take a reduced load.
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
All individuals (students, faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and staff) at Pitt Public Health abide by the University’s policy on academic integrity as well as the Pitt Public Health academic integrity procedures.
All students are required to complete the online academic integrity module in the first term of enrollment at Pitt Public Health by the deadline established by the Office of Student Affairs. See the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Web site for further details and instructions.
Pitt Public Health's Policy for Student Completion of Student Academic Integrity Module
Policy revised June 8, 2010 and submitted to EPCC for a vote, approved by EPCC on June 14, 2010 with revisions | approved by Pitt Public Health Council July 2010
Pitt Public Health Policy for Student Completion of Student Academic Integrity Module Effective August 30, 2010, all enrolled students at the Graduate School of Public Health are required to complete the Student Academic Integrity Module by the last day of the month of September. This is to ensure that Pitt Public Health students are familiar with the University of Pittsburgh’s academic integrity policy, and to prevent violations of academic integrity.
Students will be deemed to have completed the module satisfactorily by scoring 80% or higher on the module assessment. Those who have not successfully completed the module assessment with a qualifying score of 80% or higher by the first business day of October will not have the advising hold removed from their student registration account. This hold does prevent registration for the subsequent semester’s classes. The hold will be removed only after the student demonstrates satisfactory completion of the module. All new students enrolled in a program (certificate, degree, or non-degree) will be required to complete the Student Academic Integrity Module during their first semester. Students who enter with non-degree status, and are later admitted into a certificate or degree program within one academic year of having completed this instruction will not be required to repeat it. In summary, students will be required to complete this module only once unless significant changes in University or School policy require recertification.
The Office of Student Affairs will establish a deadline for completion of the module for each subsequent term so as not to disadvantage students in the registration process. Students will be notified of this date through Office of Student Affairs communications and their respective department student services staff.
The student’s department student services staff will be required to monitor student completion of the module and ensure that the certificate of completion is filed in the student’s academic file housed in the department. Department student services staff will notify the Office of Student Affairs if students do not complete the module by the deadline.
Transfer Credit for Prior Graduate Work
Transfer or advanced standing credits must be based on specific, prior graduate-level coursework relevant to the degree the student is pursuing. Advanced standing credit will be awarded only for graduate courses in which a grade of B (or equivalent) or better was earned. Other restrictions also apply. Note that only block credits, not course equivalency, can be awarded.
Advanced standing request forms (Course Credits Accepted Form) must be signed by your advisor and submitted to the Office of Student Affairs.
Credits for degrees earned outside the U.S. are considered based on a WES evaluation and may depend on country and institution within country.
Credit Toward Degrees at Pitt Public Health
The number of credits that can be transferred from coursework at another graduate institution depends on whether or not the credits were applied to another degree and the type of degree being sought at Pitt Public Health. In all cases, credit transfer requires approval from the department granting the degree.
Credit Awarded for Prior Clinical Degrees
Credits earned for clinical degrees (e.g. MD, DDS, nursing) may be subject to stricter limits. In particular, clinical degrees that are earned without a prior college degree (e.g. nursing bachelor’s degrees, many non-U.S. medical degrees) may be deemed non-graduate credits.
Adding a Second Degree, or a Certificate, or Changing Departments or Degrees
Combined Degree Programs
Pitt Public Health participates in several formal combined degree programs. Requirements for these programs include all or most of the requirements of the two separate programs.
- Dual programs exist within a single school.
- Joint programs exist between two or more schools.
- Cooperative programs are administered by two or more institutions.
Before registering for courses for any combined degree program, students must be admitted to both programs.
Pursuing Two Independent Degree Programs Simultaneously
In addition to the formal combined programs, students may pursue two independent graduate degrees simultaneously. Rules for credit sharing must be followed.
Current Students: How to Apply to a New Pitt Public Health Program
Current students must send an email of intent to the Pitt Public Health Admissions Office in order to transfer programs or add an academic program or certificate to their study plan. The email of intent should include:
- Your name
- Your current program
- Details on the changes you would like to make
- The term in which you would like the change to occur
Further instruction will be forwarded to you once the Admissions Office receives your email of intent. Note that eligibility depends on department requirements.
Credit Sharing Among Two or More Degrees and/or Certificates Earned Simultaneously
Students wishing to pursue two or more programs simultaneously should consult with all programs involved and with the Office of Student Affairs about credit requirements. Complex credit-sharing arrangements may require special approval from the Provost. This does not apply to students enrolled in formal University of Pittsburgh joint or dual programs.
Master's Degree and Doctoral Degree
Students simultaneously pursuing a master’s and doctoral degree at the University of Pittsburgh may generally share up to 24 credits between the two programs. There may be limitations to this rule if the doctoral program is completed first. If the two degrees are in the same department, it may be possible to apply all master’s degree credits toward the doctoral degree. Students should consult with their department(s) about specific departmental requirements.
Two Master's Degrees
Students pursuing two master's degrees at the University of Pittsburgh simultaneously (not joint or dual degrees) may generally share up to 6 credits between the two programs.
Degree and Certificate
Students pursuing both a degree and a certificate should consult with both programs about credit sharing. University and school rules allow all certificate credits to be applied toward the degree, but individual programs may impose stricter limitations. There may be exceptions if the certificate is started before the degree or if the certificate and degree are awarded by different schools.
More Than Two Programs
Any student pursuing more than two programs (degrees or certificates) should consult with the Office of Student Affairs about credit sharing.
Combining Credit Sharing with Advanced Standing
In general, it is not possible to both share credits among simultaneous degrees and also receive advanced standing credit for prior work. Students who are pursuing simultaneous degrees and also seeking advanced standing credits for prior work should consult with the Office of Student Affairs.
Statutes of Limitations
The following are the statutes of limitations for the degree programs offered in Pitt Public Health:
- Doctoral programs: 10 years
- MPH programs: 5 years
- MHA program: 5 years
- MS programs: 4 years
To request an extension to the statute of limitations, students must first talk to their program director or advisor. They will advance the request to the department chair who will submit a written request to the Office of Student Affairs.
Students with questions about this process should consult with the Office of Student Affairs.
Probation and Dismissal Guidelines
The provisions of this policy pertain to dismissal and probation for academic reasons and are developed in conformance with the University Council on Graduate Study's Regulations Governing Graduate Study at the University of Pittsburgh ("Regulations"). This policy aims to provide a means of establishing and maintaining basic standards and requirements for graduate work at the Graduate School of Public Health and is applicable to all Pitt Public Health students.
The Pitt Public Health Academic Standards and Performance Policy consists of the School-wide Probation and Dismissal Policy (SPDP), auxiliary policies established by Pitt Public Health departments to address specific items not covered by the SPDP, and university-wide academic policies. Pitt Public Health departmental policies, although they may differ in details, must conform to the fundamental principles of the SPDP, and may not be more lenient than the SPDP. Policies not covered by the SPDP must be consistent with university-wide policies regarding admission, registration, and graduation requirements. Each department may develop its own policies for probation and dismissal. However, these department-specific policies must be approved by the Pitt Public Health Educational Policies and Curriculum Committee (EPCC) and provided to students upon admission to the degree program; and updates/changes must be provided to students in a timely manner. If departments do not specify such requirements, the SPDP applies. If the SPDP does not specify such requirements, the University-wide policies apply. As a rule of thumb, departments may not retroactively enact policies affecting currently-enrolled students without the approval of EPCC.
Policies and procedures pertaining to non-academic performance are covered by the University of Pittsburgh’s Student Code of Conduct and/or Academic Integrity guidelines. Students are subject to the dismissal for breaches of the Student Code of Conduct and/or Academic Integrity guidelines, and cases are adjudicated through the specific processes related to student conduct and academic integrity.
- Periodic Review and Documentation
All academic difficulties described should be documented in writing at each stage and should begin as soon as problems arise. The requirement for documentation applies to all degrees, academic programs, and academic shortcomings. Maintaining documentation of student academic problems is primarily, although not exclusively, the responsibility of the student’s academic advisor and the student's department. The absence of documentation, however, will not preclude academic remedies from being imposed upon students in appropriate cases. All students should be given periodic departmental reviews of academic progress and constructive feedback. As problems are documented, students should receive written notice of documented problems, as well as the opportunity to respond to written notice.
Reasons for Dismissal
- Failure to maintain a minimum grade point average (3.00)
A Pitt Public Health student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.00 is immediately placed on academic probation, and the student, their academic advisor, department student services staff, EPCC representative and chair person are notified by the EPCC via email from the Office of Student Affairs. Students should work with the instructor who assigned the G grade(s) to get them resolved.
A student on probation may be permitted to take additional coursework over no more than two terms as a full-time student (part-time students may complete a maximum of an additional 18 credit hours) to reach a cumulative GPA of 3.00. Students whose GPA is sufficiently low so as to make it impossible to achieve the 3.0 standard according to these timeframes may be dismissed without the additional coursework.
Note: GPA is the same as QPA
- Failure to meet school minimum grade requirement for Pitt Public Health core courses and required departmental courses
All master's and doctoral students must meet Pitt Public Health minimum grade requirements for both school-wide core courses and courses required by their department. The minimum grade requirement for school-wide courses is a C.
Students who are otherwise eligible are granted two opportunities to register for and achieve at least a C in school-wide core courses. Students who are otherwise eligible also have a maximum of two opportunities to register for and achieve the minimum required grade for departmental core courses. The minimum grade requirement for those courses is established by departments.
- Failure to make normal progress towards degree (completion of courses)
Except in unusual circumstances (e.g. medical leave of absence), students may not accumulate more than 15 credits of unresolved G grades. A student approaching 15 credits of unresolved G grades will receive a memo from EPCC, and the student and their academic advisor will be asked to develop a plan for timely resolution of the grades.
A student will not be permitted to register for additional credits until the G grades are converted as a result of completion of course work. Because the University requires resolution of G grades within one year, requests for a change of G grades more than a year old must be accompanied by an appeal in support of the request from the student's department and must be approved by Pitt Public Health's Office of Student Affairs before they are submitted to the registrar's office.
- Failure of master's or doctoral program examinations
The University regulations pertaining to master's and doctoral degrees describe the requirements for master's and doctoral examinations. Departments may determine the format and content of the examinations within the broad University guidelines and should provide students with formal written guidelines, and each department is responsible for specifying the procedure for administration of the master's comprehensive examination. Master's students on provisional status may not take a comprehensive examination.
Examining committees for the doctoral overview/prospectus meeting and the final doctoral defense should be unanimous in their recommendation that a student be passed.
If the committee does not vote unanimously to pass a student, the matter will be sent to the department chair, and, if necessary, to the Pitt Public Health dean for resolution. Students who fail a doctoral or master's examination will be permitted one re-take of the examination will be permitted one re-take of the examination. If a student fails a re-take, the student's department chair may appeal to the dean if they feel that a second re-take is justified. If the department chair does not feel that a second re-take is justified, the student may appeal to the EPCC for a second attempt.
The EPCC has a detailed procedure for administering this process. More specific rules governing program examinations may be covered by department-specific academic performance policies.
- Inability to conduct research or to perform according to professional standards
Inability to conduct research
Faculty are responsible for guiding the research of a student accepted for participation in their research project, and for meeting the advising requirements set forth by the University. However, no faculty member is obliged to accept a specific student as a member of their research team.
The student, not the faculty advisor, is expected to:
- design and plan the research project
- conceptualize and formulate the hypothesis and methodology
- perform data and analysis
- write an acceptable essay, thesis or dissertation
If a student is judged by faculty to be unable to conduct independent research as appropriate to the discipline, the student may be dismissed.
Primary responsibility for determining whether a student has demonstrated the ability to research methods and to conduct independent research as appropriate to the discipline rests with the student's academic and research advisors (including the master's or doctoral committees). However, in order that evaluation of a student's work be fair and objective, failure to demonstrate the ability to conduct research must be well-documented by the faculty advisor(s) and reviewed by:
- a committee convened by the department chair and consisting of other departmental faculty and students, or
- if the student has already formed one, the doctoral committee
Upon the recommendation of these committees, the department chair must notify the EPCC of their decision to dismiss the student, and provide the documentation for the EPCC to review. If a majority of the elected faculty EPCC members concurs, the EPCC chair will notify the department chair, who must notify the student of their dismissal and the reasons for dismissal.
Inability to perform according to professional standards
Faculty who are responsible for supervising Pitt Public Health students during professional activities are required to ensure that the student is able to perform according to professional standards. The student is expected to...
- participate in professional development activities, including but not limited to involvement in professional associations
- behave in a manner consistent with the norms of the discipline/professional field during field placement, practicum or residency
Primary responsibility for determining whether a student has demonstrated the ability to perform according to professional standards rests with the student's academic and field placement advisors. However, in order that the evaluation of a student's work be fair and objective, failure to demonstrate the ability to perform according to professional standards must be well-documented by the faculty advisor(s) and reviewed by: a committee convened by the department chair and consisting of other departmental faculty and students. Upon the recommendation of this committee, the department chair must notify the EPCC of their decision to dismiss the student, and provide the documentation for the EPCC to review. If a majority of the elected faculty EPCC members concurs, the EPCC chair will notify the department chair, who will notify the student of their dismissal and the reasons for dismissal.
Probation and Dismissal Process and General Appeals Process
Both the Pitt Public Health Office of Student Affairs and the EPCC chair are available for consultation regarding school policies. Any school faculty member can request the department chair to review a student's performance with the EPCC. Subsequently, the department chair should contact the EPCC chair to request a review, and provide the EPCC chair with documentation to support the department's decision.
The EPCC will review the documentation and notify the department chair. The department chair will contact the student who is being dismissed to inform them of the action. The department chair must identify which of the reasons for dismissal is applicable. If the EPCC disagrees with the department's decision to dismiss a student, the matter is referred to the Pitt Public Health dean for resolution.
A student may appeal a decision to dismiss by filing a written appeal with their department chair. The department chair must then bring the appeal to the attention of the EPCC, which will meet with the department chair and student's academic advisor to discuss the basis for dismissal. The EPCC must then provide its recommendation to the Pitt Public Health dean, who will approve or reverse the department's decision to dismiss the student. The dean's decision is final, and this appeal exhausts all remedies available to the student.
The EPCC must create an ad hoc committee to provide objective feedback on dismissal cases related to inability to conduct research or to perform according to professional standards. The department chair will bring the student's appeal to the attention of the EPCC, which will set up an ad hoc committee to review documentation consisting of at least one faculty member and at least one student from the same Pitt Public Health department, and at least one student from the same Pitt Public Health department, and at least one faculty member and at least one student from outside the department (i.e. at a minimum an ad hoc committee must consist of two faculty and two students). If the ad hoc committee disagrees (by majority vote) with the department's decision to dismiss, the EPCC chair will contact the Pitt Public Health dean to approve or reverse the department's decision.