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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 and safety (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

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 and safety;
  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

Master of Public Health (MPH)

The Oregon Master of Public Health (OMPH) program is a joint graduate program offered by Oregon State University (OSU), Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU), and Portland State University (PSU). Oregon State University offers six tracks in the OMPH Program:

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

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

In addition, each OMPH track has specific course requirements. The OMPH tracks offered at OSU are summarized below. The minimum number of credits varies by track.

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. For MPH students who choose to do a thesis or project, the oral exam will be included as part of the thesis/project defense.

Further information about the OMPH program and tracks can be found at the OMPH website at and MPH handbooks at

Major Code: 7580

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