Applications for admission to the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology are processed through the Office of Student Affairs at Pitt Public Health. You must apply for the MS, MPH, and PhD programs through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for graduate schools of public health. Please note, SOPHAS submits applications to Pitt Public Health only after all required materials are received. Applicants who have submitted applications may track their status online.

In addition to the Pitt Public Health requirements for admission, IDM degree programs have additional admission requirements depending on the program:

MS and PhD Programs

  • minimum 3.0 combined grade-point average in biology, chemistry, math, and biochemistry and/or molecular biology and/or immunology
  • relevant research experience in biochemistry, immunology, and molecular biology
  • college biology with or without microbiology
  • chemistry, including organic chemistry with laboratory and biochemistry
  • college-level algebra

MPH Programs

  • minimum six credits of college-level behavioral science, to include at least one course in sociology or social psychology and an additional course in anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, or sociology with a grade of C or better
  • three credits of college-level algebra or higher with a grade of C or better
  • three credits of college-level biology with a grade of C or better
  • recommended GPA of 3.0

For more information about applying or tuition and financial aid, please visit Pitt Public Health admissions, or contact

For more information about academic credentials for admission, contact Jeremy Martinson by phone at 412-624-5646 or email.

International Applicants

In addition to the application materials required of all students, international students must submit an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, or the Duolingo English Test Exam, and a WES evaluation.

International Applicants

Review by departmental committees takes an average of four to six weeks. As soon as an application is returned to the Office of Student Affairs, the applicant will be notified of the admissions committee’s decision.


Application deadlines for all programs