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Public Health Graduate Major (MPH, PhD)

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College of Public Health and Human Sciences


Graduate Areas of Concentration

Biostatistics (MPH only); environmental and occupational health (MPH, PhD); epidemiology (MPH only); health management and policy (MPH only); health policy (PhD only); health promotion and health behavior (MPH, PhD); international health (MPH only)

The PhD and MPH in public health degree programs are summarized below.

For further information about public health graduate programs, contact 541-737-3825 or visit the Public Health major website at http://health.oregonstate.edu/degrees/graduate/public-health.

The College of Public Health and Human Sciences is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPD).



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health

The PhD in Public Health is for individuals who wish to prepare themselves for careers in university teaching, research, consulting, policy development, or other high-level public health positions. There are currently three areas of concentration offered for the PhD degree:

  1. Environmental and occupational health;
  2. Health policy;
  3. Health promotion and health behavior.

A master’s degree in a relevant field is required before admission into the PhD program.

The PhD program consists of a minimum of 109 credits, including at least 36 graduate credits devoted to preparation of the thesis. Doctoral students take courses in research and quantitative methods, theory, ethics, and their area of emphasis. Each student and his or her doctoral committee jointly determine the student’s specific program of doctoral study. This process allows students to design a course of study uniquely suited to their particular needs and career goals. Further information about these requirements is available in the PhD in Public Health website and PhD handbook at http://health.oregonstate.edu/degrees/graduate/public-health/phd-program.

Master of Public Health (MPH)

The College of Public Health and Human Sciences offers six tracks within the MPH degree:

  1. Biostatistics
  2. Environmental and Occupational Health
  3. Epidemiology
  4. Health Management and Policy
  5. Health Promotion and Health Behavior
  6. International Health

MPH students take a common MPH core of five courses in the following areas:

Degree requirements vary by track.  See track handbooks for track specific course and credit requirements: http://health.oregonstate.edu/degrees/graduate/public-health/graduate-handbooks.

All MPH students must do a 6-credit internship upon completion of their core and track classes. Upon completion of all required course work and the internship, all MPH students must schedule a final oral examination. Students must receive approval to take the exam from their academic advisors.



Major Code: 7580

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