University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Earn your EdD in three.

Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate

Responding to the needs of individuals looking to advance their careers, the University of Pittsburgh School of Education offers a Doctor of Education (EdD) program that serves professionals and researchers from various fields through interdisciplinary and practical experiences. The part-time EdD is a three-year cohort-based degree program that accommodates the needs of working professionals through very clear timelines and a hybrid course delivery model, including a one-day orientation, a weeklong intensive on-ramp experience, cross-disciplinary research seminars, and an internship.

The EdD helps graduates advance within their professional careers in educational administration as well as preparing students for careers as faculty within teaching-centered colleges and universities. This is in contrast to our PhD, which is a full-time program that helps to prepare graduates for research-oriented careers and/or working as faculty within research and doctoral granting universities. Get in touch to find out more information now.

Check out our EdD videos, which provide a comprehensive view of the doctoral programs available. Discover why we created the new EdD program, how our programs allow for a work/life balance, the importance of a cohort model, and the benefits of studying with students in other disciplines. Also, if you're trying to choose which doctoral path is the right one, you can also compare with our PhD program. And if you'll be joining us from outside of Pittsburgh, we have a video to give you a better sense of the city and our campus.

Health and Physical Activity - Doctor of Education (EdD)

The Health and Physical Activity Doctor of Education (EdD) program is intended for experienced health, medical, and fitness professionals who seek advanced training for leadership positions in the health fields with interest in physical activity, nutritional, and lifestyle applications. This practice-oriented degree program trains health professionals to develop, implement, and evaluate health programs and policies nationally and internationally. Program graduates are prepared to lead health programs and organizations, healthcare services, and health promotion and wellness programs and to be faculty in teaching-focused colleges and universities. Applicants with experience in related fields and a master’s in a relevant field are preferred.

The faculty members utilize evidence-based methodology to engage students enrolled in this program. Opportunities exist to work with faculty in the following areas of expertise:
  • Evidence-based physical activity and nutrition program design, implementation, and evaluation for diverse priority populations in workplaces, communities, schools, and healthcare institutions;
  • Analyze the impact of legislation, judicial opinions, regulations, and policies on individuals’ and populations’ physical activity and nutrition;
  • Synthesis of information from multiple sources for research and practice and evaluate the performance and impact of health programs, policies, and systems;
  • Funding and resource development to provide higher quality, more efficient and less expensive health promotion and health care to populations.

Contact Information

Admissions Inquiries and General Information

School of Education
Admissions and Enrollment Services
5500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
PHONE: 412-648-2230
FAX: 412-648-1899
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Department Contact

Carl Fertman
University of Pittsburgh
School of Education
155 Trees Hall
PHONE: 412-648-7191