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Our Master of Public Health program will prepare you for a thriving career in public health. We offer eight distinct options, innovative and integrated coursework, the ability to design an area of focus within your option (for all on-campus options), regular access to faculty, the ability to be involved with prominent research projects, direct access to communities through the OSU Extension Service, a dynamic and beautiful location, and opportunities for experiential work all over the globe. Check out why to choose Oregon State University.
The Master of Public Health Program at Oregon State University offers seven on-campus options.
The program is designed to be completed in two years, or six quarter terms. Student may complete the program part time and have up to seven years to do so.
Application deadlines are December 1 and March 1 and one cohort of students begins each fall.
We offer an Online MPH Program that provides interdisciplinary training in Public Health Practice. The 60-credit program can be completed full time or part time.
Application deadlines are December 1 (priority), March 1, and June 1 (final). Students must begin the program in fall term. You will apply using the same process as on-campus MPH students. See graduate student admissions for more information about the application process.
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 62 credit hours of coursework, depending on the option, and 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 and culminates with an integrated learning experience. 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. On-campus students must be full time in the 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 the 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 in accordance with the priority enrollment policy. Contact the MPH Administrative Director for more information.
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).
Students in the on-campus MPH options will create a program 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 option may be eligible for the Accelerated Masters Program. Upon acceptance of this program, undergraduate students can apply up to 12 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.
Are you a current OSU graduate student in another graduate program?
You may be able to complete an MPH degree concurrently.
Doctoral and master students in many degree programs at OSU choose to complete an MPH degree at the same time as their primary degree program. An MPH degree can broaden career options and complement many fields of study. Current OSU graduate students in any discipline may apply to enroll in the MPH program concurrently. There may be an opportunity to apply some of the credits from your current degree program toward the MPH program.
Concurrent MPH applications may be submitted at any time (applications submitted in summer will not be reviewed by faculty until fall term). The application is free. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
You will apply to the specific option that you wish to pursue; you can review the option pages (links above) and make an appointment to talk with the MPH Administrative Director and/or option’s program director (listed on each option's page) to learn more.
Learn more about the application process at Admissions FAQ.
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.