Master of Public Health Program

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Public health professionals are needed now more than ever.

The Oregon State Master of Public Health program will prepare you to create a meaningful difference in the lives of people, families and communities around the globe.

You'll learn alongside our faculty researchers, experts in the field who are re-imagining our approach to population health.

Once you’re an Oregon State MPH student, you’ll be paired with a faculty advisor who is invested in your success both in and outside of the classroom.

Of the nation's 50-plus accredited schools of public health, we're the only one with outreach built in through the Oregon State Extension Service. You’ll have ample opportunity to learn beyond the classroom and apply science to current health challenges.

Join us in creating a healthier, more equitable world.

On-Campus MPH Program

The Master of Public Health Program at Oregon State University offers seven on-campus options.

The program is designed to be completed in 21 months, or six quarter terms. To accommodate for working professionals, you may complete the program part time and have up to seven years to do so.

Online MPH Program

Our Online MPH - Public Health Practice program provides interdisciplinary training in public health practice. The program can be completed full time or part time and is delivered through Oregon State Ecampus, which is widely considered one of America's best providers of online education.

You can apply using the same process as on-campus MPH students. See how to apply for more information about the application process and application deadlines.

MPH curriculum and coursework

The Oregon State MPH program requires between 58 and 62 credit hours of coursework (approximately the equivalent of 40 semester credits).

This includes 12 credits of integrated core coursework, 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; rather, it culminates with an integrative learning experience (ILE). Each MPH option has its own distinct ILE, created by program faculty to assess students’ mastery of program competencies.

See which courses you'll take as a MPH student.
Option-specific handbooks

What you'll learn as an MPH student.
Learning competencies

How you'll apply your knowledge.
MPH internships

Timeline

We understand the need for flexibility and offer full and part time timelines. Full time students typically complete the program in two 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.

On-campus students must be full time in their first fall term to complete the 12-credit integrated core course. Students in the online program will complete the core coursework in two 6-credit courses in their first year fall and winter terms.

On-campus MPH students who want to be part time might be able to take the online core courses. Contact the MPH administrative director for more information.

Quarter system

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 academic calendar

Your path to a Master of Public Health degree

Start earning your MPH as an undergraduate student 

If you’re an Oregon State undergraduate student, you may be eligible for the accelerated graduate program. Learn more:  

 

Pathway program for international students 

We offer customized admissions pathways for INTO students through the MPH Pathway Program. This program allows students who need additional English language skills to enter the program through INTO, and upon meeting requirements, will automatically be admitted to the MPH program. Learn more about the MPH-Global Health Pathway, MPH-Health Promotion and Health Behavior Pathway, and the MPH-Biostatistics Pathway

Dual degrees

Are you a current Oregon State graduate student in a different graduate program? You may be able to complete an MPH degree at the same time.

An MPH degree can broaden career options and complement many fields of study.

 

Add an MPH to your graduate studies

OSU graduate students in any discipline may apply to enroll in the MPH program concurrently. You may be able to apply some credits from your current degree program toward the MPH program.

  • Concurrent MPH applications may be submitted at any time.  
  • You will apply to the specific MPH option you with to pursue.  
  • The application is free and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis (applications submitted in summer will not be reviewed by faculty until fall term).
  • Contact the MPH Administrative Director for information on how to apply concurrently.

 

Veterinary medicine and MPH dual degree program

Students enrolled in the Oregon State Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree can simultaneously complete a Master of Public Health degree. See DVM & MPH dual degree

Tuition and funding your education

Corvallis campus and Ecampus have different tuition rates and structures.

 

  

Tuition and fees

All public health tuition and fees are set by the Oregon State Finance and Administration office.

Tuition rates

  

Fellowships and scholarships  

MPH applicants who have been accepted into the program prior to February 15 may apply for College of Public Health and Human Sciences fellowships.

Fellowships and scholarships

  

Assistantships

Graduate teaching and research assistantships are another option for funding. Most graduate teaching assistantships are awarded to doctoral students.

Assistantships

  

Western Regional Graduate Program

The Oregon State MPH program participates in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). You may be eligible to save about $12,000 in tuition over the course of the program.

How to apply for WRGP

We’re here to help

We’re happy to connect with you by email, phone or virtual meetings.

  

For questions about the application process and requirements, email CPHHS graduate admissions.

  

To talk about curriculum and life as an MPH student, contact MPH Administrative Director Amanda Armington.

Accreditation

In 2014, our college was accredited by the Council for Education in Public Health – the first in Oregon. This distinction provides our students with more resources, more opportunities to engage in research, and faculty experts who specialize in a variety of public health topics.