Quick Info

  • Shanghai, Sydney, Buenos Aires
  • Spring
  • : Panther Program
  • : Asian Studies, Cultural Studies, East Asian Languages and Literature, Economics, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Health and Rehab Sciences, History, History and Philosophy of Science, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Pre-Medical, Sociology, West European Studies
  • : January 6 - April 21, 2018
  • : $19,799 In-State / $25,238 Out-of-state (See inclusions below!)
  • : October 8, 2017
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


Courses in global health and the history of health care, taught by Pitt faculty, provide structure and continuity throughout the program.  Local faculty will explore issues related to your three host countries in depth.  You are required to take all of the courses offered on the program.

PUBHTL 1002:  Topics in Public Health 

This course provides an in-depth exploration of selected global health issues, including the interplay of social, cultural, economic, political and behavioral factors. The ethical and human rights aspects will also be explored, along with issues of social equity and health disparities.  The semester is organized into three modules based on the three PittMap locations:  “Environmental Health: New Challenges for China,” “Immigrant Health in Australia” and “Health Care Accessibility and Policy Challenges in Argentina.” The course will include in-class learning through readings, lecture and video, complemented by field study of the health issues in each country.

HIST 1091 - History of Global Health

This course explores the origins of public health in the mid 19th century and follows the evolution of global health to the present day.  It focuses on the social, political, economic, environmental, and cultural factors that have influenced the development of global health and how those elements have shaped health interventions and policy. The course will explore the political and economic roots of health disparities, including case studies of both successful and failed health interventions and their long-term consequences. We will examine the continuities and disparities between modern global health policies and past programs to gain a critical perspective on the field of global health its role in today’s world.

SOC 1445 - Sociology and the Environment (with a specific emphasis on health issues) - taught in Shanghai by local faculty
SOC 1319 - Immigration - taught in Sydneyby local faculty
ENGLIT 0541 - Literature and medicine

General Education Requirements

Participating on PittMAP fulfills all four of the Foreign Culture requirements for the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences (Regional, Global, Comparative, Non-Western).  The program fulfills both Foreign Culture requirements for the Pitt Business.

SOC 1319 fulfills the Social Science (SS) and Historical Change (HS) requirements.
HIST 1091 fulfills the Historical Change (HS) requirement.
SOC 1445 fulfills a Writing (W) requirement. 
ENGLIT 0541 fulfills a Literature (LIT) requirement. 


On-Site Faculty And Staff

Cynthia Salter, MPH

Cynthia Salter has been affiliated with Pitt’s Global Studies center since 2015, teaching Introduction to Global Health and Special Topics in Global Health.  She has previously traveled to Haiti, Spain, Italy, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia and Brazil.  This summer she developed a maternal health research initiative in northern Costa Rica.

From 2010-2013, Salter was director of Pittsburgh’s Birth Circle program, a grass-roots non-profit working to improve maternal outcomes among underserved mothers in the Pittsburgh area.  She served as principal investigator when the program was awarded one of six national grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration to develop community-based doula services.  Prior to her work with the Birth Circle she was a researcher and writer for the former Populations Reports, a globally distributed journal of family planning and related global health topics at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communications Programs.

Salter is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health Sciences at Pitt’s School of Public Health, currently completing her dissertation work on birth trauma.  She received her Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her BA from Ohio Wesleyan University in Journalism and English.



Shanghai:  In Shanghai, you'll stay in twin-bedded hotel-style accommodations with air-conditioning and ensuite bathrooms for the duration of the program.  Your housing will be conveniently located near the Zhongshan Bei Lu campus of East China Normal University, either in walking distance or a short bus or metro ride away.  WiFi and linens are included, and you'll have access to laundry facilities as well.  Meals are not included.

Sydney: In Sydney, you'll stay in shared, student apartments with twin bedrooms, an ensuite bathroom, and access to a full kitchen.  You'll be within walking distance to the CAPA center where your courses will be held in the Ultimo neighborhood of Sydney. 

Buenos Aires: Recoleta or Barrio Norte will be your home in Buenos Aires, where you'll have shared apartments with access to a kitchen.  

Housing information is subject to change up to 30 days before the prorgram's start date. 

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$19,799 $25,238
Depart Pittsburgh Arrive Home
Saturday, January 6 Sat, April 21

Program Itinerary:

Arrive in Shanghai: Monday, January 8
Depart Shanghai: Wednesday, Feburary 7

Arrive in Sydney: Thursday, February 8
Depart Sydney: Thursday, March 15

Arrive in Buenos Aires: Thursday, March 15
Depart Buenos Aires: Friday, April 20

Arrive to US: Saturday, April 21


Keep in mind that dates are subject to change, and your final flight and program itinerary will be provided to you approximately 60 days before your departure.


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 15 credits
  • Housing (double occupancy)
  • Roundtrip airfare to and from Pittsburgh ($3,000 value!)
  • Transportation in country
  • Health Insurance
  • Field trips and excursions related to your program

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Adminsitrative Fee ($400)
  • Transportation to and from Pittsburgh for group flights (varies)
  • Textbooks (~$200)
  • Program Deposit ($350, to be credited to your program fee)
  • Personal Expenses and Meals (~$3,500 - $5,500)
  • In-country cell phone (~$100, depends on your usage)
  • Visa(s) ($250-$500, depending on citizenship)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Brice Lynn

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hey there.  I'm Brice and I'm one of the Assistant Directors at Pitt Study Abroad.  I'm a born-and-raised Pittsburgher (and have the accent to prove it).  My own study abroad experience as a Pitt student took me to Granada, Spain.  Between my host family, the food, and all of the embarrassing language mistakes I made, it turned out to be some of the best months of my life. Now, I'm here to help you make your own study abroad experience a reality.  When I'm not in the office, you can usually find me falling out of yoga poses, riding my bike, and ruining all of these physical activities with a plate of pierogi (extra butter and onions, please).  Get in touch with me at bel18@pitt.edu or 412-383-1029.