Public Health Science Academy

The 2022 program has concluded. Please check back in early 2023 for information about the summer 2023 program, including the application and eligibility requirements! 

As Pitt Public Health strives to build bridges to younger generations, we are excited to launch the Public Health Science Academy. The Academy provides a path forward to a rewarding career in public health and other scientific fields for current 10th and 11th grade students at selected public high schools in Pittsburgh. 

The intensive four-week program engages students to: 

  • learn core concepts relevant to today's most pressing public health issues
  • apply public health knowledge through hands-on research projects and group work
  • experience public health in the real-world through practice and field trips

Student Testimonial

“This program truly expanded my horizons. Learning about what public health was and the many fields that it contains really helped me to broaden my perspective on topics like health equity, climate change and disease control and prevention.”

-Zahara El Samahy, 2022 Public Health Science Academy graduate 

Who Should Apply

The Academy will accept applications from current 10th and 11th grade students enrolled at the following Pittsburgh public high schools: 

  • Taylor Allderdice High School
  • CAPA 6-12
  • Barack Obama Academy of International Studies (Pittsburgh Obama 6-12)
  • Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy (SciTech)

Eligible students must be academically motivated and have a strong interest in learning about public health science. Find additional eligibility information with the application

Students who successfully complete the Academy will receive a $1,000 award at the end of the program. Students will also receive support for public transportation to and from the Pitt campus to attend the Academy. 

Interested applicants without access to a computer/tablet and/or without reliable access to the internet can and should apply. The program will provide necessary technical support for participants. 

How to Apply

Academy Specifics

This engaging and interactive experience will include field trips for students to witness public health in action, a journal club to stimulate science reading and communication skills, and a mentorship program for each Academy student that includes a Pitt Public Health faculty member. Transportation will be provided for all field trips. 

WEEKS 1 & 2

Learn core public health concepts and career opportunities through case-based interactive lectures and exercises. 


Work on case studies and inquiry-based research projects, with emphasis on public health skill-building such as critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership. 


The academy concludes with an individual student capstone project and final presentation. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt affiliates, including PHS Academy participants, to be vaccinated against Covid-19 or have an approved exemption. To be fully vaccinated an individual must have completed a primary Covid-19 series of vaccine doses. Details on how to provide proof of vaccination or file an exemption will be provided to participants after admission to the Academy. Read Pitt’s Covid-19 Vaccines website for more information.