The Oregon State University Master of Public Health program prepares students for public health practice in seven distinct options. Highlights of our MPH program include novel and integrated coursework, the ability to design an area of focus within your option, ample access to faculty, the ability to be involved with prominent research projects, direct access to Extension, a fantastic location, and opportunities for experiential work all over the globe. Check out why to choose Oregon State Universty.
The Master of Public Health Program at Oregon State University offers six disciplines.
The program is designed to be completed in two years, or six quarter terms.
Application deadlines are December 1 and March 1 and one cohort of students begins each fall.
An Online MPH Program is currently in development. More information will be provided here when it is available.
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Combine your classroom education in public health with invaluable real-world experience in this unique program. From hands-on projects that improve health in a community setting to a high-value internship, you constantly will be challenged to put your classroom learning into practice. This program also will prepare you for exciting new career opportunities working for non-government organizations (NGOs) in Asia and elsewhere in the world, multinational health organizations such as WHO and USAID, and for-profit and not-for-profit health groups and government health agencies.
This hybrid MPH degree provides you with the best of both worlds. You will take online courses in Year 1 and in-person courses on the Corvallis, Oregon, campus in Year 2. You will also complete an internship in India.
Students enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree program wishing also to complete a Masters of Public Health Degree may do so if successfully admitted to the Graduate School and the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.
“There’s a strong focus on student success in the college and across OSU, which translates to engaging students in research and practice activities,” says Epidemiology Professor Viktor Bovbjerg. “It’s not just something we say. It’s a value.”
The MPH degree requires between 59 and 65 credit hours of coursework, depending on the option, including a 12-credit integrated core course, 17-29 credits of option-specific coursework, 12-26 credits of elective coursework, and a 6-credit internship. The program does not require a thesis and culminates with an oral exam. Check out the option-specific handbooks to see which courses you’ll take.
MPH students are required to complete a 6-credit internship, which equates to 200 working hours. Students complete their internships in a variety of settings including government, hospitals and clinics, non-governmental organizations, and corporations, and may opt to travel globally. A full time MPH Internship Coordinator supports students throughout the process, including helping to identify positions.
See H510 MPH Internship.
In 2014, our college was accredited by the Council for Education in Public Health, as a School of Public Health – the first in Oregon. This distinction provides our MPH students with more resources, more opportunities to engage in research, and a faculty body that specializes in a wide variety of public health topics.
The program showed me so many different ways to have a public health career and got me motivated to get out into the workforce. I now work within the field of aging and develop programs that allow older adults to age with good health and a high quality of life.
— Lauren Fontanarosa, MPH ‘10
We understand the need for flexibility and offer full and part time timelines. Full time students typically complete the program in 2 years (six terms), and part time students have the option to take up to seven years to finish, although most will graduate within three years. Students must be full time in the first fall term, to complete the 12-credit integrated core course.
Oregon State University is on a quarter system, meaning we have fall, winter, spring, and summer terms. Each term is 10 weeks long plus finals week. A full time course load for graduate students is between 9 and 16 credits. Most MPH students take between 9 and 13 credits. Review the Oregon State Five-Year Academic Calendar (pdf).
You will be encouraged to create a course of study that allows you to develop your interests and expertise within the broader field of public health.
OSU Undergraduate students in the Health Management and Policy track may be eligible for the Accelerated Masters Program. Upon acceptance of this program, undergraduate students can apply 9 credits taken as an undergraduate student to the MPH degree, and will not need to apply to the MPH program. Learn more about the Accelerated Graduate Program in Health Management and Policy
We offer a customized admissions pathway for INTO students through the MPH Pathway Program. This program allows students who need additional English language skills to enter the 3 term program through INTO, and upon meeting progression requirements, will automatically be admitted to the MPH program. Learn more about the Graduate Pathway in Public Health.
The MPH program has a plateau tuition structure. Full time students pay the same price whether they take 9 credits or 16 credits. Part time students pay per credit. See the Public Health tuition rates at OSU Tuition and Fees for details.
MPH applicants who have been accepted into the program prior to February 15 may apply for College of Public Health and Human Sciences fellowships. In addition, the Graduate School curates a list of internal and external fellowships and scholarships. Graduate teaching and research assistantships are another option for funding. Assistantships are extremely competitive and most graduate teaching assistantships are awarded to doctoral students.
We are happy to connect with prospective and admitted MPH students by email, phone, or in-person meetings.
We also hold an Admitted Student Visit Day in early April for those who have been admitted into the program. Please note, decisions for March 1 applicants will not be made in time for these applicants to attend the Visit Day. Those who are unable to attend the Visit Day can contact Amanda or Suzanna to discuss visiting campus another time.