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2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jul 20, 2024
2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, MPH/PhD, Anthropology

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This joint degree program with the Department Anthropology in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences prepares anthropologists for research, teaching, and program planning/evaluation for specialization in the cultural, social, and behavioral aspects of health and health care in either a domestic or international setting.


Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ability to apply principles of community-based participatory research and practice to community health assessment
  • Develop quantitative and qualitative skills that can be applied to program planning and evaluation
  • Communicate in writing information to the public, stakeholders and policymakers
  • Apply theory to program planning and evaluation

All graduates also achieve the core and cross-cutting competencies for Pitt Public Health MPH students.

The MPH/PhD joint degree requirements are listed below.  Students should refer to the Department of Anthropology  for the most current program checklist.

  • 87 credits, including coursework, research and fieldwork
  • Foundational public health courses
  • Courses in health communication, program planning, methods, community development and behavioral theories
  • Advanced courses in anthropology
  • Advanced dissertation research that includes at least one year of fieldwork in an area of specialization

MPH students enrolled in the MPH/PhD program in anthropology fulfill the course work requirements for both BCHS and anthropology and earn both degrees for a total of 87 credits. The MPH essay/thesis requirement is met by the PhD dissertation. The practicum requirement is met through fieldwork. The joint degree program is designed to be completed in four to five years including time for dissertation research.

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