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

Make a difference in the lives of people across 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 disease; and health-related consequences from climate change and war.

Studying global health will ignite your desire to address public health issues with a critical eye and allow you the freedom and creativity to open many different doors.


"Our mission is without borders, and our program prepares you for your future as soon as you step foot in the classroom."

Professor Chunhuei Chi

Your experience pursuing a global health degree

As a 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.

You can 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.

MPH curriculum and coursework

The Oregon State MPH – Global Health program requires 60 credit hours of coursework (approximately the equivalent of 40 semester credits).

This includes 12 credits of integrated core coursework, 23 credits of option-specific coursework, 19 credits of elective coursework and a 6-credit internship.

The program does not require a thesis; rather, it culminates with an integrative learning experience (ILE). Each MPH option has its own distinct ILE, created by program faculty to assess students’ mastery of program competencies.

See which courses you'll take as a global health student.
Option-specific handbooks

What you'll learn as an MPH student.
Learning competencies

How you'll apply your knowledge.
MPH internships

Global Health career options

With your global health master's degree 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

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.”


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 $12,000 in tuition over the course of the program.

We’re here to help

For information on assistantships, your investment and more visit the main MPH program page.

We’re happy to connect with you by email, phone or virtual meetings.


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, Ph.D.


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.