Accelerated Graduate Program in Health Promotion and Health Behavior

Accelerated Graduate Program

Health Promotion and Health Behavior

Start working toward an MPH while still an undergrad

Application deadlines

Feb 1 and June 1

For more information contact

David Cortez, MEd
Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions

Start graduate studies now!

If you are a current Oregon State undergraduate student, you can apply to the accelerated graduate program now to start taking graduate classes and apply those credits (maximum of 22) to your current undergraduate degree, as well as the MPH in Health Promotion and Health Behavior.

Public health - health promotion and health behavior option students are excellent candidates for this AMP but any Oregon State undergraduate that meets the academic requirements can apply.


You are eligible to apply for the Accelerated Graduate Program if:

  • Current Oregon State undergraduate student
  • Have at least 105 credit hours at the time of application
  • And you have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better

How does it work?

Eligible undergraduate students apply in their junior year.

Up to 22 graduate credits can be taken during senior year and will count toward the bachelor’s degree and the MPH in Health Promotion and Health Behavior graduate program.

Upon completion of the undergraduate degree, AMP students are enrolled in the MPH in Health Promotion and Health Behavior the following fall (no SOPHAS application or additional materials required).

Students in the AMP will pay the undergraduate tuition rate for the graduate level courses taken during their senior year. After they matriculate into the MPH program, they will pay the MPH tuition rate.

Aimee Miller, MPH

"The accelerated MPH has been an amazing experience. It not only allowed me to graduate with my MPH one year after I completed my undergraduate degree, but I was also exposed to graduate-level courses as a senior.

Having the opportunity to be in class with graduate students pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to think more critically about the material we were learning."

Aimee Miller, MPH ’19


We have identified several courses that could be used to satisfy requirements for both the BS Public Health (Health Promotion and Health Behavior option) and the MPH (Health Promotion and Health Behavior option) below. The courses could be double counted in both programs.

Available courses that count toward both BS and MPH Degrees


Recommended terms

While there is some flexibility on which term you take a course, the following classes do have specific term recommendations.

HHS 523

It is recommended you take HHS 523 in the summer before or fall of your fourth year.

HHS 533 and HHS 534

HHS 533 and HHS 534 are recommended in your fourth year if your schedule allows.


Sample program of study

Courses may be offered in different terms or canceled without being updated on this webpage. Check the   HPHB AMP Credit Map and the schedule of classes before creating your program of study plan.

Example. Meet with your advisor to make your plan.
Fall term

H 571 Principles of Health Behavior (3 credits)

HHS 523 Public Health Impact (4 credits)

Winter term

H 515 Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences (4 credits)

H 575 Evaluation of Health Promotion and Education Programs (4 credits)

Spring term

H 576 Program Planning for Health/Human Services (4 credits)


How to apply

  1. Meet with David Cortez, MEd to discuss eligibility and proposed program of study and get application code.
  2. Apply through the Graduate School’s Application using the code.


Items needed to apply

  1. Program of Study (plan of which graduate courses you intend to take, and when)
  2. 3 Letters of Recommendation
  3. Statement of Purpose/Objectives
  4. Résumé


Faculty will be looking for

Faculty reviewing applications will be looking for strong grades, strong recommendations (including a mix of faculty and work or CATALYST, but not from family or friends or high school), clearly stated goals for graduate study, good quality writing in the statement, and demonstrated extracurricular/volunteer/work activities that demonstrate a commitment to Health Promotion and Health Behavior.

Faculty will review applications holistically and will be assessing for evidence of:

Academic Preparation

Relevant public health and other social science coursework.

Scholarly and Experiential Potential

Commitment and understanding of public health and health promotion and health behavior; relevant public health experiences.

External evidence of growth and potential

Letters speak to student's strength or growth potential to contribute to public health; community or public health awards and recognitions.

Equity, inclusion and diversity

Evidence of or commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity; may be demonstrated by community involvement, advocacy, coursework, or awards.