MPH Online Degree Program

Master of Public Health Online

Public Health Practice Online Degree Option

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Thrive as a public health professional

Oregon State’s online Master of Public Health – Public Health Practice provides you with the knowledge and leadership skills to promote population and community health.

With an emphasis on public health systems, policy and prevention intervention, you can look forward to jobs centered around program management and implementation in public health or allied health settings.

Carter Michell, MPH

Carter Michell, Online MPH-Public health practice
Fellowship coordinator, Oregon Health and Science University

“The knowledge gained in this program is wide in scope, and as someone who did not have public health education prior, I feel well-rounded across public health disciplines. It has prepared me for professional-level work in health specialties, wherever I may end up.”

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Public health experts — and Oregon State's online MPH instructors — provide industry insights and their top tips for public health professionals. Get the tips and meet your future instructors.


Your graduate public health education is an investment in your future. We understand you must weigh the cost and benefits of your graduate education.

OSU’s MPH options are among the most reasonably priced in the Pacific Northwest.

We have reduced the tuition cost by nearly $4,000 to help address affordability and reduce barriers for the future of public health.

The Oregon State MPH participates in the Western Regional Graduate Program. You may be eligible to save about $8,000 in tuition over the course of the program.

MPH curriculum and coursework

The Oregon State MPH program requires 60 credit hours (about 40 semester credits) and culminates with an integrative learning experience. It does not require a thesis.

You’ll get hands-on experience, build professional contacts and learn from experts in the field as part of a required 200-hour professional internship. You’ll be guided along the way by a dedicated MPH internship coordinator.

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What you'll learn as an MPH – Public Health Practice student.

Learning competencies

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More information including tuition, fee rates, the curriculum and careers can be found on the Ecampus program page.


For questions about the application process and requirements, contact College of Health graduate admissions.


To talk about curriculum and life as an MPH student, contact MPH Administrative Director Hanako Justice, MPH, MSW, CHES.


For academic or professional information specific to the Master of Public Health – Public Health Practice online degree program, please contact Program Director Veronica Irvin, PhD, MPH.

Primary faculty

Jonathan Garcia, Ph.D.

Jonathan Garcia, PhD
Associate Professor

Jonathan's work has focused on devising community-led approaches to social inclusion, HIV prevention, and Hepatitis C treatment access, especially among Latinos and LGBT populations.

Jill Hoxmeier

Jill C. Hoxmeier, PhD, MPH

Jill's research focuses on understanding college students’ experiences as bystanders to sexual violence risk situations, including psychosocial influences on prosocial intervention behavior and engagement in initiatives aimed to promote intervention actions. Her work aims to investigate whether, and how, bystander-based prevention models align with primary prevention for violence. Her academic and teaching interests include health promotion program planning and evaluation, theories of health behavior, health policy, and sexual and women’s health issues.

Veronica Irvin, Ph.D., MPH

Veronica Irvin, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Program Director for Public Health Practice

Veronica’s research focuses on the idea that how medical and science information is presented can change someone’s behavior. Her first project assesses health literacy and communication methods in order to better understand how people manage their health. In her second project, she evaluates the content of information on clinical websites and consent forms in terms of accuracy, reading level and sentiment.

Sunil Khanna, Ph.D.

Sunil Khanna, PhD

Sunil's research interests include the complex interrelations of biology, culture, gender, ethnicity and health in South Asia and the United States. He uses diverse yet complementary field techniques such as ethnographic research and qualitative methods, microdemographic survey and nutritional anthropometry in his research studies.

Sarah E. Rothenberg, D.Env

Sarah E. Rothenberg, DEnv
Associate Professor

Sarah's research uses a multidisciplinary framework, including environmental monitoring, risk assessment, and epidemiologic studies, to fully understand the dynamics of mercury cycling and methylmercury exposure. She also investigates interactions with other trace metals, which co-occur with mercury in the environment.

Ellen Smit, Ph.D., RD

Ellen Smit, PhD, RD
Assistant Professor

Ellen is a nutritional epidemiologist. Her research is focused on diet, metabolism, and physical activity in relation to both chronic disease and HIV infection in diverse populations. Studies include cohort designs, multi-center studies, survey analysis of national databases, and linking of registry data sets.

Administrative support

Hanako Justice, MPH, MSW, CHES

Hanako Justice, MPH, MSW, CHES
MPH Administrative Director

Hanako is the COH MPH administrative director. Hanako graduated with her MPH and Master in Social Welfare (MSW) degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2021, with a focus on community health sciences and child and family welfare.

She led a research project on sexual health education resources and relevance for autistic young adults, and has been heavily involved in expressive arts-based education for social and emotional learning and mental well-being. Hanako is also a certified heath education specialist (CHES) and a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Tonya Johnson

Tonya Johnson, MPH
MPH Internship Coordinator

Tonya brings nearly 25 years of experience in the field of community health, working for both academic and public health agencies in Oregon, Washington and New York City. She has engaged students in a variety of opportunities to help them strengthen their public health competencies, including developing program plans, facilitating evidence-based programs, providing technical assistance to community-based coalitions, and conducting evaluations.

Peggy Dolcini

Peggy Dolcini, PhD
Head, School of Public Health and Nutrition

In her associate dean role, Peggy oversees the MPH program, including the MPH online option. She works closely with faculty, the MPH administrative director, and the MPH internship coordinator and is a resource for future and current students.



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.