2020 Summer Program Overview

For the past six 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 2020 Pitt Summer Edge programs are The Edge in Public and Global Health, and The Edge in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Competitive advantages for students

  • Attend lectures and presentations from outstanding faculty and subject matter experts
  • Discover career and graduate study opportunities
  • Earn college credits
  • Earn a University Certificate
  • 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 11 to August 1, 2020. Students will earn 11-12 credits. 

Students participating in The Edge in Entrepreneurship and Innovation will conduct individual and team projects while interacting with the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Pittsburgh region. Courses will address issues related to starting a company, identifying and managing a start-up team, innovating with a large corporate, and financing new ventures.  This program follows the regular 12-week summer session from May 11 to August 1, 2020. Students will earn 15 credits and obtain the Certificate for Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the College of Business Administration.


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 Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Edge in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is an undergraduate certificate program offered in the College of Business Administration and targeted toward non-business students. Through this curriculum students will be exposed to the mechanics of opportunity creation. These skills include modules on business plan preparation and feasibility analysis, presentation skills, interactive marketing, customer relationship management, and competitive analysis, project management, and leadership. Upon completion of the certificate students will have increased their ability to compete for summer and permanent positions in a wide range of industries and functions. Read more