Message from the Dean

From Jonas Salk to Thomas Starzl, the University of Pittsburgh has been home to researchers and faculty who have changed the face of medicine. The School of Nursing is proud to be part of that tradition of discovery and leadership: since the 1940s and 50s, we have been leading the evolution of nursing education and research -- and therefore, nursing practice.

Through our highly-ranked baccalaureate and graduate education programs, we have provided the foundation for Pitt nurses to conduct caring and evidence-based practice around the globe and to contribute to the scientific base of nursing. Working with our primary clinical partner, we offer complex hands-on learning experiences at a variety of world-class facilities from Trauma 1 medical centers, community hospitals, non-profit clinics, cancer centers, primary care practices, and psychiatric institutes, to community organizations and patients’ homes. These internationally recognized facilities also provide opportunities for clinical research and collaboration with health care practitioners and scientists from every sector of the medical arena.

Designated a Nursing Research Intensive Environment by the National Institute of Nursing Research, our scientific investigations look at health care from the nurse’s point of view, i.e., a holistic perspective and an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and approaching acute care, chronic illness and health promotion. Learn about our research efforts and signature strengths in oncology nursing, genomics, self-management and patient adherence, eHealth, and health services and policy research. Research opportunities abound whether you are an undergraduate student or a graduate student.

We are proud of our outstanding, diverse group of more than 13,000 alumni, who are changing the face of health care around the world! From neonatal and geriatric units across the U.S. to university hospitals in Bangkok, you can find Pitt Nurses. Our graduates are leading army medical commands, university schools of nursing, national nursing organizations, health care systems, and divisions of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Please feel free to browse through our website to learn more about the school, our faculty, and our students. You can also contact us at any time about our degree programs and other academic offerings. We would welcome the chance to help you discover what Pitt Nursing is all about. Here, you will find a community of researchers, teachers, students, and administrators dedicated to the success of students, to advancing the profession and science of nursing, and to contributing to the quality of life in our region.

Christine E. Kasper, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACSM Dean








Christine E. Kasper, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACSM