Founded in 1948 and fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, GSPH is world-renowned for contributions that have influenced public health practices and health care for millions of people. A member of the Association of Schools of Public Health, GSPH consistently ranks third among schools of public health in NIH research funding.
GSPH is an internationally recognized leader in research in chronic and infectious diseases, women’s health, environmental health, and health disparities. Our faculty have been leaders in critical studies such as the Women's Health Initiative, the largest research study in the world to focus exclusively on women's health; the Diabetes Prevention Project; and the Pitt Men’s Study, celebrating its 25th year of research on the natural history of HIV. GSPH is the only school of public health in the nation with a chair in minority health and a center for research on sexual orientation and health. With the first Department of Human Genetics in a school of public health, GSPH engages in cutting-edge research that illuminates the links between genes, environment, and disease. The school has embraced innovative research in new areas such as computational modeling of infectious diseases.
In recent years, GSPH has created innovative new educational programs including graduate certificates in emerging areas of research and practice (see list). Our graduates compete successfully for prestigious positions in programs such as the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, the Emerging Leaders program of the Department of Health and Human Services, and highly selective post-doctoral positions throughout the country.
With more than 150 full-time faculty members and 520 staff members, GSPH is one of six health sciences schools and the many health-care institutions that are affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The school’s close working relationships with the Allegheny County Health Department and other local, state, national, and international agencies in the public health field enhance the quality of its educational offerings and enrich the teaching and research programs of the school. GSPH has engaged new global partners for research and educational activities in multiple sites around the world including India, China, and other countries.