We offer our main orientation for new students once a year before the start of the fall term. We offer a truncated spring program for graduate students beginning their first academic year in the spring term. 

Welcome to Pitt Public Health! We are excited to welcome you to your first term during our upcoming New Student Orientation. 

Summer 2023 Events for New Students

Undergraduate Students

New students to the University of Pittsburgh (both first-year and transfer students) will follow the University's Welcome Week schedule August 20-27, 2023. The required academic session with the School of Public Health will be on Friday, August 25. 

Welcome Week information will be sent to your Pitt email in July. 

Read more about University Orientation

Graduate Students 

There will be three orientations for graduate students held between August 21-25: University, school, and department/program level. 

University of Pittsburgh Graduate Student Orientation
Tuesday, August 22 
More details on University-wide Orientation for graduate students.

School of Public Health Graduate Student Orientation
Wednesday, August 23
9 a.m. - 5 p.m., University Club 

9 a.m. - doors open; light snacks provided - Ballroom B

10 a.m. - Welcome from Dean Lichtveld and Intro to School of Public Health

11:30 a.m. - Lunch provided by the school

1 - 3 p.m. - Resource Fair - Ballroom A

3 - 5 p.m. - Student Social - Public Health Building, Commons (first floor)

Music snacks, fun! Meet other new students and play for some Pitt Public Health swag! We'll also run a couple campus tours for those interested in seeing the Oakland campus! 

Department/Program Orientation

Days/times vary by department and will be added here as details are available. Contact your department student services staff for more information. 

Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Tuesday, August 22
10 a.m.-noon
1155 Public Health

Contact Paul Markgraf with questions. 


Thursday, August 24
11 a.m.-noon | Orientation
Noon-1 p.m.   | Lunch/Social
A521 Public Health

Contact Helen Chen with questions. 

Environmental and Occupational Health

Thursday, August 31
3:30-5 p.m.
Location TBA

Contact Bryanna Snyder with questions. 


Thursday, August 24
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
A115 and 1155 Public Health (first floor)

RSVP by August 4 Participation in this on-site programming is highly recommended. 


Orientation Program, 10:30 a.m.-noon, A115 Public Health

A kickoff activity, research and operational updates, continuing student perspectives, program director and faculty overviews, why our training is unique and career-building. Plus the opportunity to ask questions! 

Lunch, noon-1 p.m., 1155 Public Health

Chat in an informal environment over lunch with new colleagues and friends, volunteer faculty, students and staff. Take a break and relax. 

Keep Communicating

GroupMe is a free group messaging app. Join our community's group created by epidemiology students for epidemiology students. 

Health Policy and Management

Monday, August 21
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
G23 Public Health 
Tuesday, August 22
10 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
A215 (MHA's) and A216 (MPH's) Public Health

Contact Jessica Dornin with questions. 

Human Genetics

Thursday, August 24, 12:30-4 p.m. and Friday, August 25, various sessions based on program
Public Health Building

August 24

12:30-2 p.m.      Department-wide Orientation Session, G23 Public Health

2-4 p.m.             Welcome Reception, Public Health Commons

August 25

MS-GC/Dual Degree Program Session - 9 a.m.-noon, A522

MPH Program Session - 1-3 p.m., A719

MS Program Session - 12:30-1:30 p.m., A522

PhD Program Session - 2-3 p.m., 3121C

MSGB Program Session - TBA

Contact Noel Harrie with questions. 

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

Friday, August 25, 10 a.m., Public Health Building

10-11:30 a.m.                   Welcome and Introductions     A115 
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.     Lunch and Student Panel         1155 
1-2 p.m.                             Program Meetings                     2nd Floor
2:15 p.m.-?                        Meet with Current Students

Contact Erin Schuetz with questions. 

Learn about other graduate student orientation events, such as International Student Orientation, New Teaching Assistant Orientation, and a Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Students Resource Fair from the Office of the Provost.