Health Policy

Ph.D. in Public Health Concentration

 Corvallis campus

Improve public health at a systems level

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Health care is changing. Be on the front lines.

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

In Oregon State’s Ph.D. 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.

Health policy research

As a health policy doctoral student, you’ll benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and have the opportunity to collaborate on a research project.

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.

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.
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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 health policy concentration.
Learning competencies

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

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


To talk about curriculum and life as a doctoral student, contact our Ph.D. Program Administrator.


For academic or professional information specific to the health policy doctoral program, please contact Health Policy Ph.D. program director Jeff Luck, 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.