Funding for Graduating Pitt Seniors and Alumni

Under the Pitt2Pitt program, you can advance your education and future career, all within the University to which you belong. All current University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students and alumni of an undergraduate program at Pitt are eligible for a Pitt2Pitt scholarship when applying to a participating master's degree program in all seven Pitt Public Health departments. 

Benefits of a Pitt2Pitt Scholarship:

  • Increase job opportunities
  • Pursue a different career path
  • Build a network of valuable connections
  • Contribute to research and development

Note: Genetic Counseling MS and MS/MPH and Health Services Research and Policy MS applicants, as well as joint degree and accelerated applicants, are excluded from Pitt2Pitt. In addition, full-time Pitt employees are not eligible for Pitt2Pitt. 

Degree Options and Requirements

  • All Pitt undergraduate majors are eligible to apply.
  • MPH applicants must have six college credits in behavioral and social sciences (not required for the MS).
  • All applicants must have mathematical preparation appropriate for entrance into Principles of Statistical Reasoning, through either previous collegiate coursework or advanced placement coursework reflected on the college transcript.
  • Some programs have course prerequisites (see details in the chart below).

Application Process

To be considered for the Pitt2Pitt scholarship, applications must be submitted by the program deadline

All new degree-seeking applicants must apply online through SOPHAS. This centralized system submits applications to Pitt Public Health only after all required materials are received.

  1. Open SOPHAS to apply, submit your personal statement and upload the three required recommendations.
  2. Request an application fee waiver from Pitt Public Health. Waivers must be redeemed within three weeks of receipt. 
  3. You will also submit official transcripts for ALL education in the United States directly to SOPHAS.
  4. Submit official GRE scores (if applicable) to the School of Public Health code 4234, with no department code. Check program-specific requirements.

Contact phadmissions@pitt.edu with questions. 

Degree / Concentration
Prerequisite courses


Behavioral and Community Health Sciences



Learn community-engagement strategies and social and behavioral concepts to assess the health status of populations, apply social/behavioral theory, use social/behavioral science research methods to evaluate health promotion programs and develop programmatic and policy recommendations. Prepare for a career in applied public health at the individual, organizational, and community levels.


MS in Biostatistics

Prerequisites: calculus (2 terms)


If you have a background in calculus and a strong interest in public health, learn the statistical theory and methods needed to become an effective statistical collaborator and to lead in the design and execution of studies. Choose a traditional biostatistics curriculum or a new concentration in either

Environmental and Occupational Health


Interested in the impact that environmental agents and the actions of others may have on the well being of your community, or work colleagues? Become familiar with the important concepts essential to public health practice, tailoring your studies toward either environmental health science or risk assessment. 


Prior coursework (2 courses each) in organic chemistry, biology, physics, and calculus

Integrate modern curriculum and combine with training in the toxicological and environmental biophysics disciplines that are traditional to the EOH department, along with new and continually developing fields of cellular and molecular pathobiology of environmental disease and gene environment interactions.



Prior coursework in social sciences (6 cr.), mathematics (3 cr.), human biology (3 cr.) 

Build a strong foundation in evaluating and responding to critical public health issues such as infectious diseases, aging and chronic disease prevention, global, reproductive or environmental health, population neuroscience, and injury prevention. Prepare for a career as an epidemiologist working in a health department; at the CDC or NIH; in a hospital or pharmaceutical or consulting company; or pursue doctoral studies in medicine, dentistry, epidemiology or biostatistics.


Prior coursework in social sciences (6 cr.), mathematics (3 cr.), human biology (3 cr.) 

Concentrated training in epidemiological concepts, skills and methodology with a research focus. Students have the ability to select an area of emphasis to study and conduct research under the mentorship of an epidemiology faculty member.

Health Policy and Management


Prepare for a managerial role in health care systems and networks, managed care, health insurance, and long-term care organizations.


Prepare for a career with governmental agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, non-profit and community-based organizations, foundations, consulting firms, health plans, and health care systems. Learn to lead through a combination of coursework, during a health policy-related practicum or residency, and from a public health leader-in-residence.

Human Genetics

MPH in Public Health Genetics

Prior coursework in mathematics (3 cr.) and genetics (3 cr.; other college level coursework in biology may be considered to fulfill this requirement)

Train in both public health and human genetics to prepare for a career in the evolving field of public health genetics. Integrate genetics with multiple public health disciplines to address society’s legal, ethical, financial, regulatory, and organizational responsibilities in offering genetic services and developing interventions to bring genetic services to the public. 

MS in Genome Bioinformatics

Prior coursework in calculus or statistics, programming/coding experience, and at least one course in biology

Become an expert in applying computation tools for studying and interpreting the human genome in a future where genomics is central to precision medicine and biomedical research. Beyond coursework, you'll participate in a structured internship to hone your analytic and communication skills for the job market.

MS in Human Genetics

Prior coursework in genetics and calculus (required), as well as biochemistry and behavioral/social sciences (recommended)

Prepare for a career as a contributing member of genetics and genomics research teams in academia or industry. Graduates of the program often go to PhD level study and become independent scientists.

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

MPH community practice track
Concentrating in infectious disease Management, Intervention, and Community practice (MPH-MIC)

Learn to design interventions, approaches, and policies to address threats to public health by studying global and domestic infectious diseases. Pair coursework with hands-on practicum experience to prepare for a career in public health education, program development and management, or for further education.

MPH laboratory practice track

Concentrating in infectious disease Pathogenesis, Eradication, and Laboratory practice (MPH- PEL) 

Study pathogen biology, immunology, and epidemiology within the broader framework of public health and develop skills for the laboratory setting. Graduate from the laboratory practice MPH program with the expertise necessary for occupations in public health education, analysis, and research in the non-profit, government, or private sectors or for further education in medical or graduate programs.

MS in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

Prior coursework in college biology (with or without microbiology), chemistry including organic chemistry with laboratory and biochemistry, and college-level algebra

Study the details of pathogen biology, host-response, and therapeutic intervention while gaining valuable skills as an active participant of a cutting-edge laboratory research team. IDM-MS graduates become competitive applicants for medical schools and PhD programs, and are highly qualified for academic, government, and industry related research positions.