Career Paths in Public Health

Where will the future take you?

Pitt Public Health graduates go on to find work at some of the country’s — and the world’s — most highly regarded organizations and institutions. You will be a part of a collective vision to improve public health conditions, behaviors, policy, research and the education of future leaders so that enhanced health is accessible to all.

Learn more about which career path is right for you.

Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

BCHS graduates pursue positions in a variety of public health and non-profit organizations, including federal, state and local governmental organizations. Graduates provide program planning, implementation and evaluation, management, and oversight for community health programs designed to improve the health status of populations.

Graduate career examples include:

  • Regional director for Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Director of a statewide HIV/AIDS education program
  • Health Coach at UPMC Health Care System
  • Program director with an international relief agency
  • Evaluation and research director for a regional reproductive health program
  • Research and evaluation specialist for the City of Pittsburgh School District
  • Health and Wellness Coordinator at Gwen’s Girls, Inc.

Behavioral and Community Health Sciences


Emerging research areas such as genetics, neuroimaging, and bioinformatics have necessitated the development of new methodologies and increased the demand for trained biostatisticians. Our graduates have gained employment within academic, government, and industry settings, as well as in private health and research organizations.

MS graduates hold the following positions:

  • Opioid compliance specialist, Georgia Dept. of Public Health
  • Actuarial analyst, Highmark Health
  • Biostatistician, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
  • Statistician, Mayo Clinic
  • Business analyst, PNC Financial Services
  • Biostatistician, University of Pittsburgh Dept. of Critical Care Medicine
  • Biostatistician, University of Pittsburgh Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Data analyst, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
  • Statistician, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work

Health Data Science Concentration

Addressing the rising need for health care analytics, our HDS concentration provides cross-disciplinary and necessary training for graduates of our program to be in high demand. Prestigious organizations that often look to hire include Google, RAND, Highmark Health and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Statistical and Computational Genomics Concentration

Statistical and computational genetics is a rapidly changing and interdisciplinary profession. Employers looking for statistical geneticists, genomic data scientists or bioinformaticians include 23andMe, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, UPMC, New York Genome Center and the National Institutes of Health.

PhD Program

PhD graduates hold the following positions:

  • Data scientist, Google
  • Senior research statistician, AbbVie Inc.
  • Biostatistics manager, Amgen
  • Senior biostatistician, Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Senior research investigator, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Biostatistician, Duke Clinical Research Institute
  • Assistant professor, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Assistant professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Assistant professor, University of Florida
  • Postdoctoral associate, University of Pittsburgh
  • Mathematical statistician, U.S. Food and Drug Administration


Environmental and Occupational Health

Doctoral degree graduates are prepared to work in laboratory-based academic settings as faculty or postdoctoral fellows and become prominent members of government agencies and independent industries. Recent graduates have obtained fellowships at:

  • Top-tier academic institutions
  • The National Institutes of Health
  • The Environmental Protection Agency
  • Firms conducting chemical and environmental risk assessment

Master's degree graduates play prominent roles as environmental/occupational health practitioners in various settings, including industry, hospitals, government agencies, and private practice.

Environmental and Occupational Health


Epidemiology investigates the prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions through large-scale clinical trials and studies concerning lifestyle factors and identified risk for disease. The goal is to reduce disease and improve public health for future generations.

Graduates hold positions with the following:

  • Research departments for state, county and local health departments
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Aging
  • Hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and medical and dental schools


Health Policy and Management

Managers and health policymakers have the responsibility of directing organizations through effective management and leadership. Graduates go on to accept positions in health care, health policy and consulting.

Health Care

  • Providing access to health care in underserved populations
  • Hospital and health system management
  • Medical group practice management
  • Patient safety and quality assurance
  • Providing long-term care services across the continuum of care

Health Policy

  • Administrative fellowships
  • Research and policy analysis
  • Determining cost and access to health care services at the state, local and federal level
  • Developing and implementing policies to improve the health of populations
  • Legislative policy advising
  • Global health
  • Socioeconomic or racial disparities in health care


  • Insurance and managed care
  • Marketing

Graduates also may use the MHA and MPH programs as the foundation for doctoral studies and careers in higher education.

Health Policy and Management

Human Genetics

Graduates typically go on to positions in academia or in industry, and usually are employed by their graduation dates. Our alumni currently work in the academic, government, health care, and commercial sectors.

Their positions include:

  • Associate professor, operations director, and senior lab director, Emory Genetics Laboratory
  • Medical Science Liaison, Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc
  • Medical policy analyst, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Project coordinator, Association of American Cancer Institutes
  • Technology commercialization manager, Life Science Innovations
  • Data coordinator, MacroGenics, Inc
  • Research manager, Harris Interactive
  • Clinical genetic counselor, Kaiser
  • Associate director, Northwestern University Genetic Counseling Program

Human Genetics

Infectious Diseases & Microbiology

We train the next generation of scientists and public health professionals to enhance the control of infectious diseases in the human population. In fact, Pitt Public Health has made major contributions in defining, preventing and treating some of the most devastating diseases of the past 60 years. MS graduates are more competitive applicants for medical school and doctoral programs, as well as qualified researchers in academia, government and industry. Career-path examples in our two MPH concentrations and PhD programs are listed below.

MPH Infectious Disease Pathogenesis, Eradication, and Laboratory Practice

Graduates hold the following positions:

  • Data manager, EMMES Corporation
  • Quality control associate, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Physician’s assistant student, Yale University
  • Genetic counselor, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Public health specialist, Arizona State Health Department
  • Epidemiology assistant, University of Maryland

MPH Infectious Disease Management, Intervention, and Community Practice

Graduates hold the following positions:

  • Executive director, Open Door, Inc.
  • PhD student, emerging infectious diseases, Uniformed Services University
  • Emergency preparedness and public health educator, Monroe County Health Department, Michigan
  • Research analyst, The Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Health Management Specialist, UPMC Health Plan
  • Medical student, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, Chicago
  • Medical student, University of Rochester
  • Medical student, Howard University

PhD graduates hold the following positions:

  • Post-doctoral research fellow, NIH Critical Care Medicine Department
  • Assistant professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services
  • Research assistant professor, Center for Global Health, University of New Mexico
  • Associate service fellow, CDC
  • Post-doctoral visiting fellow, Hillman Cancer Center, University of Pittsburgh
  • Immunology sales specialist, Prolmmune, Inc.
  • Post-doctoral fellow, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Director, NIH Academy Office of Intramural Training and Education

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology