Closing the diversity gap in the health professions and improving the quality of health care for underserved communities are the main objectives of our programs and initiatives. Increasing diversity of the health care workforce creates opportunities to begin working toward eliminating disparities and improving the quality of health care for underserved communities.

Our philosophy includes a five-pronged approach:

  1. Starting early in the pipeline;
  2. Working along multiple segments of the pipeline;
  3. Cross-collaborating among health science schools;
  4. Developing culture to increase retention of faculty, staff and students;
  5. Effectively leveraging and integrating partnerships.

The projects featured below are essential to creating a health care workforce that resembles our very diverse nation, as well as many other projects health science-wide at Pitt.

Pitt was one of four pilot sites of the Association of American Medical College's AspiringDocs campaign to increase diversity in medicine.

Creating Opportunities and Access to Careers in Health (COACH)

The COACH program facilitates the preparation of students as competitive applicants for health professionals school.

Diversity Speaker Series

Experts present Diversity in Practice lectures that focus on diversity and inclusion in the work place, health professions education, and health care. 

Health Sciences Diversity Mini-Grant Program

Health Science schools (Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health and Rehabilitation Sciences) may apply for up to $1000 for a novel diversity effort in 2018-19.

Post-baccalaureate Programs

Post-baccalaureate programs are available for those individuals who wish to pursue a career as a physician, dentist, veterinarian, optometrist or pharmacist and do not have the prerequisite courses to apply to these programs.

PATHS Mentoring Program

A joint venture between Pitt and UPMC, PATHS pairs senior faculty mentors with residents, fellows, and junior faculty members to facilitate mentees' retention and upward progression into senior faculty positions. 

Physician Diversity Quality Improvement Process

This quality improvement process addresses experiences and decision making of minority physicians enrolling at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Research and Enrichment Programs

Participants in our health sciences schools programs benefit from academic and clinical research and enrichment experiences that enhance their preparation for applying to health professions schools. 

Social Justice Faculty Fellowship Program

Participants in our Social Justice Faculty Fellowship Program benefit from social justice instruction and community engagement experiences that enhance their capacity to bring a social justice lens to their care, research and service. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Training and Enrichment

Health Sciences Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) training and enrichment, including workshops and trainings founded in the goal to make the Health Sciences more just. 


NIH Diversity Supplements

The Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences and the Office of Research for Health Sciences are focused on assisting applications for the NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. This funding opportunity is a supplement to an existing NIH grant that offers salary support and often research funds to candidate faculty and post-doctoral fellows for 2 years. Candidates are eligible if they are part of a historically underrepresented group based on gender, race, ethnicity, disability status, or socioeconomic status. For a complete description of PI and candidate eligibility, please see the official program announcement.