Global Health

Ph.D. in Public Health Concentration

Take on the world’s health challenges

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Address health on a global scale

The Oregon State University public health doctoral degree program with a concentration in global health will engage you in rigorous interactive learning and research with critical and innovative thinking and analytical skills.

Through a combination of coursework, practice opportunities and doctoral research, you will acquire the knowledge and skills to:

  • Critically assess and understand global health issues and their underlying causes.
  • Develop solutions that are collaborative, innovative, effective, equitable and sustainable in the spirit of community ownership and shared health agency.

Our global health graduates land careers in academic institutions, research agencies, local government, national supra-governmental agencies (such as United Nations and its affiliated agencies), international non-governmental organizations, multilateral organizations, non-profits and for-profit groups, and the private sector.

Global health research

As a student in the global health doctoral program, you will collaborate with a world-class faculty member on interdisciplinary, community-engaged health disparities research spanning a variety of areas, including:

  • Food insecurity and global nutrition
  • Global health governance and leadership
  • Global health security and humanitarian emergency
  • Health systems strengthening and financing
  • LGBTQ health
  • Mental health disparities
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Social Isolation, connectedness and well-being

Meet global health faculty members.

Research in action

Combatting social isolation

Jonathan Garcia brings global solutions to the US to help Latino LGBTQ youth

Learn more about this research project.

Your experience as a public health doctoral student

See which courses you’ll take as a public health doctoral student.
Public health handbook

What you’ll learn in the global health concentration.
Learning competencies

Get information about assistantships, your investment and more.
Fellowships and awards. Tuition and funding.

Doctoral student research spotlight

Deeksha Vasanth Rao, MA
Global Health PhD student

Deeksha's research interests focus on use of mental and reproductive health care infrastructure among internally displaced migrant women in India.

Meet global health doctoral students.

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For questions about the application process and requirements, contact CPHHS graduate admissions.


For academic or professional information specific to the global health doctoral program, please contact program director Sunil Khanna, Ph.D.

Jackie Leung, JD, MS

Jackie Leung, JD, MS
Global Health Ph.D. Candidate

“Global health is a growing field that continues to change on a daily basis. With my background in prenatal care and health care access, a policymaker, and community organizing, a doctoral degree in global health from Oregon State University just made sense.”


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.