Check out these brand new academic offerings at Pitt

Whether you’re a budding engineer, social worker in training, budding AI ethicist, or something else entirely, Pitt has brand new academic offerings you can add to your fall schedule.

Perhaps you are interested in a career as a community health specialist or public health administrator – then you may want to consider the new School of Public Health program undergraduate programwhere students will have the opportunity to learn at a leading research school while completing service hours and preparing to take on some of the most pressing challenges in the field.

“We look forward to seeing undergraduate students collaborating with our graduate student population,” said Ada Youk, assistant dean of academic affairs and associate professor of biostatistics at Pitt Public Health earlier this year. “We designed the program to provide students with a broad overview of the core disciplines of public health and an opportunity to shape the program according to their interests and passions.”

Students can also find brand new course offerings available at the school – such as courses on social media and health (PUBHLT 400), the health consequences of air pollution and climate (PUBLHT 421), the genetic counseling (PUBHLT 0453) and more.

Read on for more new opportunities to add something new to your schedule, organized by academic area.

College of Business Administration

More employers than ever need people who can make data-driven decisions, which is why the college is offering a new major in business analysis for students who want to learn how to apply data to their careers. Or if you have a different major but want to sharpen your business acumen, there’s the new college business miner.

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Two new courses at the school critically examine issues of race. In City of White Supremacy (PIA 2223), students will learn how white supremacy has shaped American cities and in Reparations: Policy, Theory and History (PIA 2224) will cover the debates and questions around the re-emerging reparations movement.

A third new course (PIA 2474) will explore China’s role in international economics and politics.

Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

The Dietrich School offers several new BS programs in fields as diverse as biochemistry, computational social sciences and urban planning and geographical analysis.

Students from other majors who want to broaden their horizons globally can now add a co-major in international studiesand new programs will allow students to explore issues in health care using a variety of methods with the health humanities certificate or push back the frontier of calculation in the quantum computing and quantum information certificate.

A few new courses at the school are worth noting, including one on memory and history in the Jewish tradition (SOC 1680) and a composition seminar focusing on sustainability (ENGCMP 0214).

Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

Students can now follow graduate certificates in a plethora of fields through the Katz School, including accounting, finance, management science, and technology science. In addition to the school’s new micro-degrees – 18 of them, with new offerings in marketing, marketing analysis, marketing strategy, management consulting, management science and technology – there are more ways than ever before for students to develop specific areas of knowledge in business.

And those interested in high-level leadership can now pursue a Executive Doctor of Business Administration degree, a hybrid three-year program that is part of the school’s executive education program.

School of Computing and Information

Data skills are becoming indispensable in a wide variety of careers – if you want to understand them better, one option is a new 12-credit graduate certificate program in applied data-driven methodswhich covers data management, modeling, visualization and other topics.

The school also offers many new classes, with undergraduate courses covering topics such as bias and ethics in AI (CS 1613) and quantum computing (CS 1613), master’s level courses in Deep Learning (CS 2078) and Privacy (CS 2057) and PhD courses in Human-Computer Interaction (CS 2637) and Data Mining (CS 2756).

school of education

For teachers, the new fully online Certificate in Critical Technology and Digital Media for Learning will provide the tools to make decisions about educational technology to “design learning experiences that center and support people and human processes.” In another graduate program, the new MA Education Policy, students will learn to design education systems to improve student learning and equity. The two-year program is designed for full-time and part-time students.

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

In a new online Master in Rehabilitation Technology program, students will learn assistive devices, gain hands-on experience, and work with renowned faculty in a flexible hybrid format toward a professional assistive technology credential.

Currently certified paramedics can also earn their bachelor’s degree in emergency medicine through a graduation track with online and asynchronous courses.

School of nursing

RNs and RNs can now pursue a new specialization in Pitt’s online Master of Science in Nursing program, recently ranked #1 in the United States by US News & World Report: a specialization in school nursing. Pitt is only the 11th institution in the nation to offer a master’s degree specialization for nurses to prepare for school nursing practice, playing a crucial role in advancing health equity.

A new postgraduate certificate program in the school will help nurses expand their role to meet a growing need for certified acute care nurse practitioners in the nation – the only program of its kind in western Pennsylvania.

School of Social Work

Social workers in training with the Community Organization and Social Practice (COSA) specialization will find two new certificates to expand their skills. Students working in a community organizing setting can complete the COSA Community Organization and Practice Certificatewhere they can practice skills that have become increasingly important for the career and advancement of professionals in the field.

During this time, the COSA Certificate in Gerontology is designed to increase students’ understanding of the aging process and to provide skills to practice with organizations and communities and to advance advocacy for older adults and their families.

Pitt Bradford

The Bradford campus is home to two new engineering technology programs only available to Pitt-Bradford students. The four-year degree programs in mechanical engineering technology and power engineering technology will focus on practical applications and prepare students for many of the same jobs as those with an engineering degree. Graduates of the two new majors will be exposed to a broad enough range of math, engineering, and science that they can enter a variety of engineering fields.

Pitt Greensburg

Pitt-Greensburg students who want to make changes to their fall 2022 schedules can now choose from 30 minors, including two new ones in math and applied math. Those majoring in management can also select one of three new concentrations – in marketing, supply chains, and project management.

Thirteen new courses are also available to students on campus, covering topics such as the history of rock ‘n’ roll (MUSIC 801), democracy and liberalism (PS 1611), and data science (STAT 1261).

Norma A. Roth