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Graduate Programs

Graduate students at the School of Community Health actively engage with the city and its leaders in health promotion for both research and practice.

Because of our location in PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA), School of Community Health graduate students have the ability to draw on myriad resources within the college to strengthen their Master’s degree program experience. In addition to the Portland leaders who serve as adjunct faculty, students also work with other schools within CUPA and the University (such as the School of Social Work and the School of Business). Research and field study opportunities abound in partnership with PSU research centers such as the Institute on Aging, Center for Urban Studies, Population Research Center, and with the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Health Sciences University. 

The School of Community Health offers three dynamic Master's degree programs: a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree with a concentration in Health Promotion; a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Health Sciences; and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Health Studies.

We also offer two dual degree programs that combine the Master of Public Health with a complementary Master’s program: the Master of Public Health and Master of Urban and Regional Planning; the Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work. Students do not have to begin both programs at the same time to complete the dual degree, and with very careful planning, students may be able to complete both Master’s degrees in three years.

Career Opportunities

Alumni of the School of Community Health graduate programs pursue careers in such fields as health promotion, health research, program planning and evaluation, health education, social work, gerontology, community organizing and more. There are a wide variety of job opportunities dedicated to addressing public health issues throughout the public, private and nonprofit sectors. 

Course Overview

Learn more about graduate course offerings within the School of Community Health.

Admissions

Once a student is admitted, s/he should schedule an appointment with the assigned advisor to plan curriculum. While we do not provide pre-admission advising meetings, we do offer a Prospective Student Orientation, held twice each year during fall and spring.