Accelerated Graduate Program in Public Health Practice

Accelerated Graduate Program

Public Health Practice

Start working toward an MPH while still an undergrad

Application deadlines

Feb 1 – June 1

For more information contact

David Cortez, MEd
Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions

Start graduate studies now!

If you are a current OSU undergraduate student, you can apply to the accelerated graduate program now to start taking graduate classes and apply those credits (maximum of 22) to your current undergraduate degree, as well as the MPH in Public Health Practice.

Public health majors are excellent candidates for this AMP but any Oregon State undergraduate that meets the academic requirements can apply.


All the courses required in the MPH in Public Health Practice are available online.


You are eligible to apply for the Accelerated Graduate Program if:

  • Are a current Oregon State undergraduate student
  • Have at least 105 credit hours at the time of application
  • And you have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better

How does it work?

Eligible undergraduate students apply in their junior year.

Up to 22 graduate credits can be taken during senior year and will count toward the bachelor’s degree and the MPH in Public Health Practice graduate program.

Upon completion of the undergraduate degree, AMP students are enrolled in the MPH in Public Health Practice the following fall (no SOPHAS application or additional materials required).

Students in the AMP will pay the undergraduate tuition rate for the graduate level courses taken on-campus during their senior year, however they are subject to graduate tuition for all Ecampus courses. After they matriculate into the MPH program, they will pay the MPH tuition rate.


If you are a student in a discipline other than public health, please contact your undergraduate advisor and Hanako Justice to discuss how your courses can double count towards your major.

We have identified several courses that could be used to satisfy requirements for both the BS Public Health and the MPH (Public Health Practice option) below. The courses could be double counted in both programs.

Available courses that count toward both BS and MPH Degrees

  • HHS 523 Public Health Impact
  • HHS 533 Computing for Population Health Data
  • HHS 534 Qualitative Methods for Health Equity
  • HHS 597 Global Health Systems
  • H 518 Public Health Ethics and Issues
  • H 524 Introduction to Biostatistics
  • H 530 Health Policy Analysis & Politics
  • H 525 Epidemiological Methods
  • H 536 Healthcare Organization Leadership Theory & Behavior
  • H 534 Healthcare Law and Regulation
  • H 514 EOH Seminar
  • H 548 Public Health Toxicology

Any additional PHP allowable graduate elective can count towards PHP MPH

Recommended terms

While there is some flexibility on which term you take a course, the following classes do have specific term recommendations.

HHS 523

It is recommended you take HHS 523 in the summer before or fall of your fourth year.

HHS 533 and HHS 534

HHS 533 and HHS 534 are recommended in your fourth year if your schedule allows.

Sample program of study

Courses may be offered in different terms or canceled without being updated on this webpage. Check the   PHP AMP Credit Map (we're working on it) and the schedule of classes before creating your program of study plan.

Applicants have to complete a program of study plan and submit it with their application. To complete your program of study plan, refer to the PHP Graduate Handbook.

Example. Meet with your advisor to make your plan.

Fall term

H 524 Intro to Biostatistics (4 credits)

HHS 523 Public Health Impact (4 credits)

HHS 533 Computing for Population Health Data (2 credits)

Winter term

HHS 534 Qualitative Methods for Health Equity (3 credits)

H 530 Health Policy Analysis & Politics (3 credits)

Spring term

H 534 Healthcare Law and Regulation (3 credits)

Any allowable PHP graduate elective (3 credits)

How to apply

  1. Meet with David Cortez, MEd to discuss eligibility and proposed program of study and get application code.
  2. Apply through the Graduate School’s Application using the code.

Items needed to apply

  1. Program of Study (plan of which graduate courses you intend to take, and when)
  2. 3 Letters of Recommendation
  3. Statement of Purpose/Objectives
  4. Résumé

Faculty will be looking for

Faculty reviewing applications will be looking for strong grades, strong recommendations (including a mix of faculty and work or CATALYST, but not from family or friends or high school), clearly stated goals for graduate study, good quality writing in the statement, and demonstrated extracurricular/volunteer/work activities that demonstrate a commitment to Public Health Practice.

Faculty will review applications holistically and will be assessing for evidence of:

Academic Preparation

Relevant public health and other social science coursework.

Scholarly and Experiential Potential

Commitment and understanding of public health and public health practice; relevant public health experiences.

External evidence of growth and potential

Letters speak to student's strength or growth potential to contribute to public health; community or public health awards and recognitions.

Equity, inclusion and diversity

Evidence of or commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity; may be demonstrated by community involvement, advocacy, coursework, or awards.