How to apply to PhD in Public Health program

How to apply

PhD in Public Health

Admissions timeline

PhD program application has 2 deadlines. December 1 and March 1


December priority deadline


August 16


December 1


from December 1, 2023
to February 15, 2024


Admission decisions are sent February 15, 2024

March final deadline


August 16


March 1


from March 1, 2024
to April 15, 2024


Admission decisions are sent April 15, 2024

Application steps

1. Complete SOPHAS application

OSU will review application once it is marked "Verified."

2. College of Health admissions office reviews application

OSU will reach out for any missing documents.

3. Faculty recommendation

Faculty will review application and give recommendation once application is marked "Ready for Review"

4. Complete OSU supplemental application

Apply using the code sent via email if you are recommended for admission. You will receive a decision if denied.

5. Official OSU admission decision

OSU admissions office will reach out with official admission decision once they receive faculty recommendations.

Application requirements

A master's degree in a relevant field is required for consideration of admission. Those without an MPH degree will be required to take courses in foundational public health knowledge.

No GRE requirement

We join many other programs at Oregon State and other peer institutions across the country who have eliminated this structural barrier to promote a more equitable, diverse and inclusive student body.

Two separate applications

The PhD program will require two separate applications.

  • The first application will need to be completed through the SOPHAS system.
  • The second application will be through the OSU application system.

Different fees are associated with each application. For fee information see:

Application deadline reminder

Final SOPHAS applications must be submitted by March 1, 2024 by 8:59PM Pacific Time (11:59 PM Eastern Time).

How to apply

Step one


PhD application deadlines


Materials to submit via SOPHAS

  • Official transcripts (applicants must have earned a master’s degree by the time of matriculation). Have all transcripts from all colleges attended sent to SOPHAS. 
  • Personal statement
  • Resume or CV
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample (preferred length is at least 10 pages)

International students

International students are required to obtain a WES evaluation of international coursework as part of the SOPHAS application, as well as send TOEFL, Duolingo or IELTS scores to provide proof of English language competency. See Graduate Admissions - International Applicants for more information about international graduate student requirements.


You will need to create an account on SOPHAS and follow their instructions to apply. There is a fee, as well as waivers and an assistance program.

Submit your application through SOPHAS.

Step two

Supplemental application

Complete the Oregon State Graduate School supplemental application

After you submit your application through SOPHAS, the Oregon State Graduate School supplemental application will be sent to you via email after the deadline.

Though there is no official deadline for the supplemental application, this form must be submitted before you can be notified of any official decision.

Step three

Apply for Aid


To apply to OSU’s scholarships, you will be using ScholarDollars.

ScholarDollars allows you to review multiple institutional scholarships where you can apply to the awards you are eligible for. Once we have emailed you the supplemental application, you will be able to apply for scholarships with your ID number. Remember to apply by the scholarship deadline.

Additionally, for assistantships, be sure to indicate your interest in your application. You will not need to submit another application for assistantships, but instead interested applicants who are admitted to the graduate program are considered for graduate assistantships. If awarded, you will receive a notification via email of the assistantship offer.

The Graduate Admissions FAQ is a helpful resource that can answer many of your questions about the process.

If you have any questions that are not addressed in the FAQ, please do not hesitate to email us.