PhD Concentration in Global Health

Global Health

PhD in Public Health Concentration

Take on the world’s health challenges

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Address health on a global scale with a PhD in global health

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

Through a combination of coursework, practice opportunities and global health 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 doctoral 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-profit and for-profit groups, and the private sector.

Global health research

In this 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.

Estimated costs

The Public Health PhD program is a 109-credit program that can be completed within 4-5 years on a full-time credit load (except for summer).

The estimated costs for the program are broken down as follows:

Resident costs for years 1-3

$15,795 per year

Resident Tuition ($13,446)
+ Fees ($2,349)

Each additional year after 3

$6,832 per year

Resident Tuition ($4,482)
+ Fees ($2,349)

Non-resident costs for years 1-3

$31,698 per year

Non-resident Tuition ($29,349)
+ Fees ($2,349)

Each additional year after 3

$12,132 per year

Non-resident Tuition ($9,783)
+ Fees ($2,349)

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.

Global health research in action

Thanks to funding by Bob and Sara Rothschild, students in the Botswana Global Health Initiative work toward developing sustainable solutions to the health challenges facing families and communities in Botswana and globally.

Learn more about Botswana Global Health Initiative work

Your experience in the PhD in global health program

PhD program handbooks

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

Public health handbook

Learning competencies

What you’ll learn in the global health doctoral program.

Learning competencies

Fellowships and awards Tuition and funding

Get information about assistantships, your investment and more.

Fellowships and awards. Tuition and funding.

Doctoral student research spotlight

Deeksha Vasanth Rao, MA

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 College of Health graduate admissions.


For academic or professional information specific to the Oregon State PhD in global health, please contact Program Director Sunil Khanna, PhD

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.”

CEPH accreditation seal


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.