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2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Dec 08, 2021
 
2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Anthropology, PhD/MPH


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General Degree Requirements (All degrees)


The following section details the general requirements for all degrees, general requirements for master’s degrees, and general requirements for doctoral degrees. (Exceptions are certificate requirements, which are detailed under the relevant department descriptions or below. See department webpages for detailed requirements)

Students in the master’s-level programs and some doctoral programs are expected to demonstrate competence in the fundamentals of public health, with an understanding of human-environment relationships; techniques of investigation, measurement, and evaluation; and health services. The subject areas covering these fundamentals are currently defined as human biology, behavioral sciences, environmental health, biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services administration.

Students should consult individual program descriptions for program core course requirements. Students in some programs may be automatically exempt from certain core courses. Students who wish to request exemption from a core course must submit a waiver form, signed by the advisor, to the Office of Student Affairs, A519 Crabtree Hall).

General Requirements for Master’s Degrees


(Note: This is not a complete list of requirements)

All master’s degree-seeking students must:

  • Complete the school-wide core courses required for their program, and complete and submit the thesis or essay (see below).
  • Fulfill the program’s core course requirements, including required courses, and any field work, and examinations.
  • Register for two terms of Public Health Grand Rounds.
  • Complete the online Academic Integrity Module in the first semester.
  • Submit a master’s thesis or essay (see: http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/academics/academic-handbook-degree-requirements/graduation)

Thesis or Essay

All master’s students must complete a minimum of two essay/special study credits and meet the master’s thesis/essay requirement. Program listings will specify the type of master’s paper required. The form of the essay or thesis must be in accord with specifications stipulated in the University’s Style and Form Manual or the ETD Format Guidelines Manual. The electronic copy of the thesis/essay must be uploaded and all required paperwork submitted to Joanne Pegher by the deadline posted for that graduation term.

MPH students who have been permitted to submit an article accepted for publication in lieu of the essay must meet the margin requirements and submit a committee signature sheet and title page patterned after that in the Style and Form Manual or the ETD Format Guidelines Manual. If there are multiple authors, a statement should be included explaining the role of each author. All essays must be read and approved by two faculty representing two different University of Pittsburgh Pitt Public Health departments. MS theses require approval by three readers. 

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees


(Note: This is not a complete list of requirements.)

For an overview of University-wide regulations for doctoral students, see Regulations Pertaining to Doctoral Degrees . All Pitt Public Health doctoral students must:

  • Complete specific courses as determined by the program or the school, including at least 3 credits of 3100 (dissertation) or one term of FTDR (full-time dissertation research).
  • Fulfill the University’s residency requirement.
  • Satisfactorily complete the preliminary/qualifying examination, the comprehensive examination, the dissertation overview, the dissertation defense, and the annual Individual Development Plan.
  • Meet the requirement for proficiency in tools of research.
  • Register for two terms of Public Health Grand Rounds.
  • Complete the online Academic Integrity Modules in the first semester.

Individual programs will provide specific information on fulfillment of these requirements.

A student pursuing the Doctor of Public Health degree cannot take the preliminary/qualifying examination until all the core course requirements-as interpreted by the department-for the Master of Public Health degree have been completed.

Requirements


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.

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