PhD Concentration in Health Policy

Health Policy

PhD in Public Health Concentration

Corvallis campus

Improve public health at a systems level

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PhD in Public Health – Health Policy

Making change happen in Washington — or the board room — begins here.

In Oregon State’s PhD in Public Health – Health Policy program you’ll hone the critical thinking and analytical skills required in a data-driven health care system.

You’ll learn analytic tools for understanding the complex effects policy has on health, health care markets and the community, as well as managerial tools for effectively implementing policy changes.

You’ll also benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and have the opportunity to collaborate on a research project.

Health policy research

Our faculty are researchers and influencers. Their areas of expertise include:

  • Health care delivery and financing
  • Accountable care models
  • Health economics; cost and cost-effectiveness analysis methods
  • Mental health and substance abuse policies
  • Long-term care
  • Health and health care disparities
  • Health care access
  • Quality measurement

Meet health policy 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.

Health policy research in action

Public health experts find severe crisis among Oregon health care workforce

The report, created by public health faculty and a doctoral student, provide recommendations on how to meet the needs of the health care workforce, patients and communities throughout Oregon and eliminate health inequities. Learn more.

More research examples:

  • The Coast to Forest project engages communities in solution-building for educational, preventive and systems-level approaches to the opioid and mental health crisis.
  • The State of Nursing Facilities in Oregon project produces an annual report that informs stakeholders, the Legislature and the public about skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in Oregon.

Your experience as a PhD in health policy student

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 health policy concentration.

Learning competencies

Fellowships and awards Tuition and funding

Get information about assistantships, your investment and more.

Fellowships and awards. Tuition and funding.

We’re here to help


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


To talk about curriculum and life as a doctoral student, contact our Graduate Program Manager.


For academic or professional information specific to the health policy doctoral program, please contact health policy PhD Program Director Jeff Luck, PhD, MBA.

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.