2018 Summer Program Overview

For the past five years, the University of Pittsburgh has offered a dynamic series of programs – the Pitt Summer Edge – to give its undergraduate students a more competitive advantage. The 2018 Pitt Summer Edge programs are The Edge in Public and Global Health and The Edge in Environmental Policy Writing in Wyoming (offered for the first time through Study Abroad).

Competitive advantages for students

  • Attend lectures and presentations from outstanding faculty and subject matter experts
  • Discover career and graduate study opportunities
  • Earn college credits
  • Work closely with Pitt faculty in small cohorts
  • Participate in real-world experiences -- field trips, research lab work, study abroad, policy implementation

Each program will enroll a small class of like-minded students.

Students participating in The Edge in Public and Global Health will work individually or in pairs with Pitt Public Health faculty to experience laboratory, quantitative, policy, or social science research, or field work with community organizations or health agencies. This program follows the regular 12-week summer session from May 14 to August 4, 2018. Students will earn 11-12 credits. Applications are no longer being accepted.

Students participating in The Edge in Environmental Policy Writing in Wyoming program will spend 2 weeks in Wyoming and in Colorado surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. There students will engage in environmental policy writing while getting first-hand perspectives on the impact and effect that policies have on local communities, Native American communities, and national parks. The tentative dates for this program are July 29 - August 11, 2018. Students will earn 3 credits; This course fulfills a W requirement in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. Applications can be submitted until Sunday, March 25, 2018.

The Edge in Public and Global Health

This program will provide a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to the field of public health. Students will learn to analyze and tackle critical world health problems through the integrated application of biological, social, and quantitative sciences. We will focus on the critical thinking skills and real-world tools used by health professionals to track outbreaks of emerging diseases, evaluate environmental threats, and develop community-based prevention and wellness programs. Read More »

The Edge in Environmental Policy Writing in Wyoming

Begin your two-week study away experience at the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, where Dr. Lotz and local experts will lead you in a week of classroom-based lectures and discussions around policy and policy writing.  You'll then travel to Cheyenne, the state's capital, to meet with legislators, policy writers, and lobbyists.  Finally, you'll end the program in Estes Park, at the entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Forest, where you'll have time to explore the park on your own and meet with officials to discuss the implications of policy on the National Park Service. Read More »