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By 2020, projections are that 60% or more of the world's population will live in cities. The challenges associated with making these urban locations livable are many and the solutions complex. Creating cities that allow and encourage residents to lead healthy, fulfilling lives in integrated and sustainable environments will require the expertise of a new group of urban planners and public health practitioners.

In order to meet this need, Portland State University has launched an innovative dual-degree program to prepare a professional at the intersection of urban planning and public health.  Students will earn both a Master of Public Health and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning after completing an intensive three-year course of full-time study.

The program will allow students to examine the relationships between physical and mental health, urban form, healthy lifestyles, human services, transportation, physical activity, public planning and investment decisions. In addition to the core courses, internship requirements, and culminating experiences required for each degree, students will participate in an integrative seminar that synthesizes the two disciplines.

Graduates of the program will be prepared for employment in either of the two fields, and positioned to lead innovative efforts in establishing and maintaining healthy communities.


The Master of Public Health in Community Health is offered as part of the Oregon M.P.H. program in collaboration with Oregon Health & Science University and is fully accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH).

The School of Community Health's graduate programs are designed to prepare students for advanced study or professional work in a variety of settings of community health, health education, community organizing and health promotion.

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning (M.U.R.P.) degree is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, under the sponsorship of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), American Planning Association (APA), and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).

Master of Urban and Regional Planning students are well prepared to pursue careers as practicing planners.  The program provides opportunities for specialization in land use, environmental planning, transportation, community development, and regional economic development.

Field Experience/Internship Opportunities

Experiential learning is an integral component of the dual-degree program. Internships are required, and can include working with local and state agencies, non-profit community groups, private consultants, and area foundations. 


If you are thinking about applying for the programs, you must do so separately:

MPH/MURP Admissions Checklist


Contact Information


School of Community Health- SCH

Portland State University

Post Office Box 751

Portland, OR 97207-751


503-725-4401 tel

503-725-5100 fax


Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning- USP

Portland State University

Post Office Box 751

Portland, OR 97207-751


503-725-4045 tel

503-725-8770 fax