Ph.D. in Public Health

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Translate public health knowledge into positive change

As a public health doctoral student at Oregon State, you’ll work with faculty committed to health and well-being for all people. You’ll also have access to research and teaching opportunities and will benefit from an accredited college with a strong history of funding students.

You’ll work closely with your faculty advisor throughout your time at OSU, helping you gain the skills and confidence needed for a successful career.

With a Ph.D. in public health, you’ll be prepared for a career in research, university teaching in graduate programs, policy analysis and development, or high-level public health positions.


Oregon State University is the only institution in the state of Oregon that offers a Ph.D. in Public Health.

Choose your public health concentration

The College of Public Health and Human Sciences offers a Ph.D. in Public Health with concentrations in:

Public health doctoral curriculum

The Ph.D. program consists of a minimum of 109 credit hours, including at least 36 graduate credits devoted to preparation of the thesis.

You’ll take courses in research methods and statistics, proposal/grant writing, and your area of concentration.

You and your doctoral committee jointly determine your specific program of doctoral study. This process allows you to design a course of study uniquely suited to your career goals.

Funding your advanced degree

Most public health doctoral students are funded through teaching or graduate research assistantships, which include tuition remission and a stipend. Others are funded through scholarships and fellowships.

Find out more about funding opportunities at Fellowships and Awards and the OSU Grad School


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.