MPH Global Health option

Global Health

Master of Public Health Option

Build global community to address health disparities at home and abroad

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Applications reviewed on Dec 1 (Priority), March 1 & June 1 (Final).

Take on the world’s health challenges with an MPH in global health

Make a difference in the lives of people around the globe by working with communities in addressing their most pressing health challenges.  

Globally, medically vulnerable populations experience age-related illness; mental health issues; tropical, chronic and non-infectious/infectious diseases; and health-related consequences from climate change and war.

Pursing an MPH in global health will ignite your desire to address public health issues with a critical eye and help alleviate health disparities in all corners of the world.

Your experience pursuing an MPH global health degree

As an MPH global health student, you’ll:

  • Explore and share your knowledge of and passion for global health.
  • Enjoy small classes and personalized attention.
  • Gain a comprehensive, multidisciplinary body of knowledge and skills for analyzing global health issues.
  • Design and develop your expertise through individually tailored concentrations.
  • Explore the world with critical inquiry through classes, projects and a potential overseas field experience.
  • Promote equitable and sustainable health development through research and intervention programs
  • Sharpen your focus area with the help of your faculty advisor.

Course topics include maternal and child health, refugee issues, water and sanitation, human trafficking, food security and economic globalization.

Caryn Chalmers, MPH ’18

Caryn Chalmers, MPH ’18
University of California Davis MIND Institute

“With a background in Public Health-Global Health, I have learned to think critically when implementing and evaluating programs. As a result, my approach to health is more holistic and comprehensive.

The amazing faculty at Oregon State are supportive, available and inclusive. I am incredibly grateful for their professional guidance and mentorship.”

MPH curriculum and coursework

The Oregon State MPH – global health 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.

mph handbooks

See which courses you'll take as a global health student

Option-specific handbooks

MPH Competencies

What you'll learn as an MPH student

Learning competencies

H510 MPH Internships

How you'll apply your knowledge

MPH internships

Career options with an MPH in global health

With your MPH from Oregon State, you can help eliminate health disparities using data-driven research and educational outreach in a variety of global and local organizations, including social justice and human rights-based organizations, immigrant and refugee health organizations, disaster relief organizations, research and academic institutions, or in government agencies.

Sample careers:

  • International program consultant
  • Project officer at an international NGO
  • Community program manager
  • Public health advisor/associate
  • Cross-cultural health policy specialist
  • Health disparities researcher


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.

Estimated costs

The MPH program is a 59-61 credit program that can be completed within 6 quarters on a full-time credit load (except for summer). Estimated costs for the whole program:



Resident Tuition ($26,892)
+ Fees ($4,699)



Non-resident Tuition ($58,698)
+ Fees ($4,699)

Western Regional Graduate Program


WRGP Tuition ($40,338)
+ Fees ($4,699)

Tuition and fees estimates were calculated using the 23-24 academic year tuition and fees tables in combination with the tuition calculator. Please note, tuition and fees can change for the 24-25 academic year.

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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 Oregon State MPH global health program, please contact Program Director Sunil Khanna, PhD.



Our BS, MPH and PhD Public Health programs are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. This distinction ensures your education meets the nationally-agreed-upon standards developed by public health academics and practitioners.