Master's & Doctoral Student Scholarship

The Center for Health Equity (CHE) in the Graduate School of Public Health (Pitt Public Health) is pleased to offer two yearly awards to students working on their thesis or dissertation in the field of health equity.  One award will go to a Master's Student and another one to a Doctoral Student.

The concept of equity encompasses fairness and justice.  *The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) says, “health equity entails special efforts to improve the health of those who have experienced social or economic disadvantage.”  Further, the DHHS emphasizes addressing the social and economic conditions that have an impact on health.  Equity means that all people can attain their full health potential. 

*The DHHS defines a health disparity or inequity as “a particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social or economic disadvantage.  Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have experienced greater social or economic obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, mental health, cognitive, sensory, or physical disability, sexual orientation, geography, or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.”


The Following Guidelines Apply to this Scholarship Application


Who Should Apply

Graduate students who are at the thesis or dissertation stage in any department within the six Schools of the Health Sciences and the School of Social Work may apply.

Application Process

Applications must address a health equity issue or problem.

Complete all required sections of the application—incomplete applications will be returned and not considered.

Student applications should include the following content:

  1. Title of thesis or dissertation
  2. One paragraph from the thesis/dissertation advisor supporting the student's application (can upload)
  3. Background
  4. Objectives
  5. Methods
  6. Relevance to public health
  7. Budget and budget justification
  8. How work advances the cause of health equity

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Dr. Patricia Documet, CHE Scientific Director, at

The application must be completed no later than 11:59pm EST on Monday, October 9, 2017.


Selection Criteria 

A committee consisting of Pitt faculty affiliated with CHE will anonymously review and score each application based on the following rubric

Funding Amount 

Two $1000.00 scholarships will be awarded to one Master's Student and to one Doctoral Student.  

The BCHS Department will credit funds to the student’s tuition account.  The tuition account will be reconciled and any remaining funds will be disbursed directly to the student by the University.

Important Dates

Submission deadline is October 9, 2017.

Notification of awards will be made on November 6, 2017.   

Funds will be disbursed in January 2018.    

All projects/initiatives must be completed by April 30, 2019.

Expectation of Award

  • Students must submit an electronic copy of their final master’s thesis or dissertation to Dr. Patricia Documet, CHE Scientific Director
  • Complete a brief report detailing how the award helped them complete their studies.  
  • Students will present their research at a CHE Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB) Meeting.

By accepting this award, students permit CHE to advertise their name as a scholarship recipient on the CHE web site and facebook page, in annual reports, and in promotional materials.