OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Graduate Programs

Earn your degree from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. A great place to make a world of difference.

Two of Oregon’s leading universities have joined forces to train the next generation of public health leaders. The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health focuses on community-engaged learning and scholarship that puts the student and researcher out in the world, in real communities. With our students, we work to find enduring and sustainable solutions to today’s public health problems, and are committed to educating students of all backgrounds who want to enter the public health field and improve lives in their communities. 
Our faculty and students work to improve public health in communities throughout Oregon, and beyond. PSU and OHSU have an established network of local and regional partners, including clinics, governmental agencies and nonprofit agencies. This offers students a wealth of opportunity for internships, hands-on learning and contacts for future employment. 

Graduate programs are offered though Oregon Health and Science University and undergraduate programs are offered through Portland State University.

MPH Programs

MPH in Biostatistics
The MPH in Biostatistics program provides training in biostatistics methods as they apply to population health. In addition to a broad range of foundational knowledge in public health, courses emphasize intermediate to advanced applied statistical methods and statistical programming commonly used in public health research and practice. Students also learn data interpretation and communication, along with epidemiological study design and methods.

MPH in Environmental Systems & Human Health
The MPH in Environmental Systems & Human Health program offers ecosystem-based public health training for students who would like to investigate and remediate environmental impacts on human health. Believing that a healthy environment is a cornerstone of preventative medicine, the goal of the ESHH track is to produce graduates who will be able to analyze relationships between human activities, the environment, and human health. Areas of emphasis include environmental change and its effect on human health, environmental pathogens, environmental transport, fate and remediation of chemical contaminants, food web bioaccumulation, wastewater treatment, environmental risk assessment and toxicity testing, culturally competent risk communication, and social justice issues.

MPH in Epidemiology
The MPH in Epidemiology program trains students to work to reduce disease risk and promote health by discovering and understanding the causes, prevention and control of adverse health outcomes in populations. Epidemiologists are often employed by local, state and federal government agencies, non-profit public health organizations, research institutes and post-secondary institutions. Graduates direct studies and analyze data as well as communicate findings to the public and policy makers.

MPH in Health Management & Policy
The Master of Public Health in Health Management & Policy program combines training in public health with training in health management and policy to prepare current and future public health leaders for careers in health systems, government, research, advocacy and health-related community-based organizations. The goal of the Health Management and Policy program is to develop and strengthen the knowledge and practice of the delivery, management, and governance of health-related services to improve the publicís health.

MPH in Health Promotion
The M.P.H. in Health Promotion program is an interdisciplinary course of study providing students with specialized training in public health promotion and interventions. Through coursework and community-based experiences, students learn to address factors in the broader social, economic, policy and built environments to improve the health of populations. Students build practice and research skills for population-level interventions, including program development, implementation and evaluation. Students also can focus on health across the lifespan. Graduates of the program will be able to effectively recognize and assess health disparities, communicate health information, promote health equity and mobilize resources for social change.

MPH In Primary Health Care & Health Disparities
To support working and distance students, coursework for the MPH in Primary Health Care and Health Disparities program may be completed entirely online. The program provides a foundation in core public health disciplines of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental systems, behavioral theory and health systems organization. In addition, the programís courses and field experiences address public health policy and practice with particular emphasis on improving primary health care accessibility and quality for underserved populations. The program is based on the concepts and principles of primary health care defined by the World Health Organization, emphasizing improvements in universal coverage, service delivery, public policy, leadership, and stakeholder participation.

MPH Dual Degrees

The School of Public Health offers 4 dual degree options. These programs allow you to take two degrees concurrently.

Masters in Science Degrees

MS in Biostatistics
The Master of Science in Biostatistics degree is designed to provide graduate level training in the application and theory of biostatistics. Students have the opportunity to do mentored work with faculty on ongoing health science research projects.

The program is aimed at those wishing to pursue careers as collaborative biostatisticians in the basic, clinical, translational or population sciences or who want to apply for doctoral programs in biostatistics. The program is also appropriate for some clinical and translational researchers, as well as working professionals throughout the state ñ including public health practitioners, laboratory scientists, data managers and database programmers, or for students who have earned a Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics and wish to pursue further training.

Doctoral Degrees

Ph.D. in Community Health
The Ph.D. in Community Health program provides students with intensive training in both community-engaged public health and advanced research methods. The program provides advanced learning in research and instructional skills with a focus on community engagement and the social determinants of health. The curriculum includes training in research methodology, epidemiologic study design, qualitative research, theory, and topical courses on social disparities, and elective courses selected to form a focused area of emphasis. The program is also distinguished by its multidisciplinary faculty and emphasis on research experience.

Ph.D. in Epidemiology
The Ph.D. in Epidemiology program provides a unique educational experience for students who plan careers as independent researchers and educators in public health and epidemiology.
Doctoral-level training enables scientists to investigate causes and correlations of health problems through interventional and observational research. Students in the program complete advanced coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics, develop and execute an independent research project, and prepare manuscripts for publication.

Ph.D. in Health Systems & Policy
The Ph.D. in Health Systems and Policy provides students with advanced knowledge and skills in understanding health systems, health services, and health policy. Graduates are prepared for positions as health services researchers, teachers and practitioners in settings such as governmental and non-governmental organizations, universities, health insurance, and health systems. The program is distinguished by a focus on systems thinking, the dedicated and knowledgeable research faculty, and its location in a state known for health reform efforts.

In addition to core coursework, the program offers students the choice to pursue one of four emphasis areas: health systems organization, financing, and delivery; health policy analysis and application; health services, access, quality, and cost; or community-based health and social services. The curriculum is designed to help students integrate coursework with applied research and practice and emphasizes community-engaged learning and scholarship.

Admissions Questions

For admissions questions, please contact Josh Hodsden, MBA 
503-494-1158 or applysph@ohsu.edu