Master's Degree in Public Health in Oregon
Universities across the state of Oregon offer public health degrees with a variety of specializations, like epidemiology, physical education, healthcare management and administration, etc. This article describes Oregon's Master of Public Health degrees and related graduate degree programs.
Oregon State University offers a two-year (full-time, or up to 7 years part-time) Master of Public Health program wherein students can choose between 7 concentrations: (1) biostatistics, (2) environmental and occupational health, (3) epidemiology, (4) global health, (5) health systems and policy, (6) health promotion and health behavior, and (7) physical activity. The university also offers an online Master of Public Health (MPH) program in public health practice (with an emphasis on prevention science) and a dual MPH and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program.
Oregon Health Science University
Portland State University and the Oregon Health Science University collaborated to provide students with a variety of Master of Public Health program options, including concentrations in biostatistics, environmental systems & human health, epidemiology, health management and policy, health promotion, and public health practice. The two universities also offer dual degrees in MPH/Master of Social Work health management and policy, MPH/Master of Social Work health promotion, MPH/Master of Urban Planning, and MPH/MD in epidemiology and medicine.
University of Oregon
The University of Oregon offers a one year M.Ed in Prevention Science (with locations in Eugene and Portland) that prepares graduates with the advanced research skills they need to design, analyze, develop, and administer prevention and wellness programs in schools and community centers. The university also offers a two-year Master of Science in Prevention Medicine program wherein students can dive deeper into statistics methodology, develop technical skills in research design and analysis, and complete a research project with a publishable thesis.
Pacific University, Oregon
While Pacific University does not offer a Master of a Public Health program, it does have a related Master of Science in Healthcare Administration. The department designed this program with working professionals in mind, so students can complete the degree while working full-time either in two years (full-time) or four years (part-time) through a combination of online, evening, and weekend classes.
Oregon Technical Institute
Students can complete the Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership at Oregon Tech 100% online with a concentration in (1) administration, (2) respiratory therapy, or (3) dental hygiene. Within the program students take academic courses and complete hands-on training to improve their clinical expertise, leadership skills, business knowledge, teaching methodology, and research methodology and technique.
|University||Programs Offered||Tuition for Academic Year (2018-2019)*|
|Oregon State||Master of Public Health|
Master of Public Health
Master of Public Health (online)
MPH/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
|Oregon Health Science University and Portland State University||Master of Public Health|
MPH/Master of Social Work health management and policy
MPH/Master of Social Work health promotion
MPH/Master of Urban Planning
MPH/MD in epidemiology and medicine
Out-of-state: $660** (2019/2020 per credit hour)
|University of Oregon||Master of Science Prevention Medicine|
M.Ed Prevention Medicine
|Pacific University Oregon||Master of Science in Healthcare Administration||$31,297|
|Oregon Tech||Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership||In-state: $12,870|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator and **OHSU and PSU School of Public Health.
Admissions Requirements for a Master of Public Health in Oregon
To apply for a Master of Public Health or related program, students must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Depending on the concentration selected, programs may require prerequisite coursework in statistics, advanced mathematics, chemistry, biology, environmental science, or other relevant courses. Most universities require students to submit GRE or MCAT test scores and have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75-3.0.
Many programs require students to have an academic or professional background in some area of public health or prevention science. Applications generally include official transcripts, a statement of purpose essay, letters of recommendation from previous professors or employers, a professional resume, and a nonrefundable application fee. International students from a non-English speaking country must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Admittance into these programs is highly-selective and admissions officers perform a holistic review of all application information to determine if an applicant is a good fit for the program.
Students in Oregon who want to pursue graduate level education in policy-making, public health practice, healthcare administration, epidemiology, biostatistics, prevention science or other aspects of public health practice have a selection of program options to choose from. Universities across the Beaver State offer full-time, part-time, and online degree programs that prepare graduates for a variety of careers in nonprofit, government, and academic settings.