Public Health Doctoral Degree Program

Public Health Doctoral Degree Program

Do a world of good with a PhD in public health

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Translate public health knowledge into positive change

As a public health doctoral student at Oregon State, you’ll work with faculty committed to health and well-being for all people. You’ll also have access to research and teaching opportunities and will benefit from an accredited college with a strong history of funding students.

With a PhD in public health, you’ll be prepared for a career in research, university teaching, policy analysis and development, or high-level public health positions.


Oregon State University is the only institution in the state of Oregon that offers a PhD in public health.


Choose your doctor of public health concentration

The College of Health offers a PhD in public health with concentrations in:

Public health doctoral curriculum

The public health PhD program consists of a minimum of 109 credit hours, including at least 36 graduate credits devoted to preparation of your thesis.

You’ll take courses in research methods and statistics, proposal/grant writing and in your area of concentration.

You and your doctoral committee jointly determine your specific program of doctoral study. This process allows you to design a course of study uniquely suited to your career goals.

Funding your PhD in public health

Most of our public health doctoral students are funded through teaching or graduate research assistantships, which include tuition remission and a stipend. Others are funded through scholarships and fellowships.

Find out more about funding opportunities at Fellowships and Awards and the OSU Grad School

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.



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.