MPH Application and Program Information | Public Health Graduate Programs

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The application process for Fall 2015 admission is open.

SOPHAS.orgMPH program applicants apply through SOPHAS; choose Oregon State University (OSU) program areas.

  • See the SOPHAS site for complete application requirements that include:
    • Statement of objectives stating desired program area (track)
    • Official transcripts
    • GRE official scores from a test taken within the last five years (The Oregon State University ETS code is 0031)
    • Three academic or professional letters of reference
    • Resume or CV
  • Complete applications are due Dec 1 for first consideration of faculty nomination for a fellowship/scholarship.
  • For consideration of admission, applications must include the required supplemental materials (see above) at the deadline.  Applications that are incomplete at the December 1 deadline will be held for possible completion and consideration at the final March 1 deadline. Only complete applications are considered.
  • Program information is available in the Public Health student MPH handbooks available on the graduate handbooks page.
  • MPH applicants apply to specific MPH program areas (tracks).  See handbooks at the above link for a list of OSU MPH program areas (tracks).

Current OSU graduate students

Current OSU graduate students interested in our dual DVM degree or a concurrent degree, contact the Public Health Programs Manager.

MPH program admission requirements

  • Applicants must meet both university and Public Health admission requirements.
  • See the OSU Graduate Student admission page for Graduate School requirements.
  • Official GRE Scores from a test taken in the last five (5) years. Recommended minimum GRE scores for MPH applicants:  Analytical 4.5; Verbal 500 on old exam or 153 on new exam; Quantitative 500 on old exam or 144 on new exam. Note that prospective MPH students who already hold a master degree (or higher) from an accredited US institution do not need to submit GRE scores. Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores may be substituted for GRE scores.  Applicants to the MPH Health Management and Policy track may substitute GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) scores for GRE score.
  • Public Health Academic Unit Admission Requirements:  In addition to University admission requirements, applicants to the MPH programs are expected to hold the following degrees prior to admission:

MPH admitted applicants must provide through SOPHAS official transcript(s) showing a bachelor’s level degree* earned (in any field) from a regionally accredited college or university before registration will be allowed.

*If the degree was completed in a country that is a signature of the Bologna Declaration, see the OSU Graduate Catalog for details

Notification of admission decision and communication with admitted applicants

The Graduate School notifies applicants of the admission decision.  Notification is usually sent by late February to applicants with a complete application at December 1.  March 1 applicants are notified by early May. The admission decision may be accessed on the application web site.

Admitted students will receive a request from both the OSU Graduate School and the Public Health Programs manager to confirm intent to enroll. Those who confirm intent with the Public Health Programs manager will receive a second email with Fall term course requirements and orientation information. MPH admitted applicants should note that advisor assignments are made and notification sent to each student in late summer prior to Fall term matriculation.

Transfer credits

See the OSU MPH General Student Handbook for information about transfer credits. Note that the consideration of transfer credits is determined after admission and matriculation by the student’s graduate advisor/committee on the Program of Study form, which is submitted to the Graduate School for approval.

Time limit to complete degree

All work toward a master’s degree, including transferred credits, course work, thesis (if required), and all examinations, must be completed within seven years.

How to apply for fellowships

  • Applicants may apply for Fellowships. For detailed descriptions of available fellowships, application deadlines etc., please visit graduate fellowships.
  • Applicants desiring consideration of faculty nomination for fellowships must have a complete application filed by the December 1 deadline for first consideration. Applicants and continuing students are encouraged to apply for appropriate awards that do not require faculty nomination
  • For information on scholarships at OSU visit Financing Your Education at the Graduate School website.

Information about research (GRA) positions

For information on graduate research assistantships (GRA) at OSU visit the Graduate School Website

  • Research assistantships are determined by individual faculty members who have research grant funding, interested applicants must contact faculty directly.