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Admission and Application Information

For admission to the Oregon Master of Public Health Program prospective students must apply directly through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) system, the centralized application service for CEPH accredited schools and programs of public health.  If there are any questions about this process please contact the admissions contact listed for the track of interest. 



1.  Identify your Program of Study (Track). 

  • Contact the department, faculty or staff if you have questions.
  • Attend a SOPHAS VIRTUAL FAIR to have all your questions answered.
  • Prospective dual degree students will apply to both the Oregon MPH Program (through SOPHAS) and any additional degree/program separately. Please note that other departments/programs may have different deadlines and admissions requirements. 
  • For our OMPH Partner PHD programs please follow the guidelines posted on the university pages: PhD Epidemiology, PhD Health Systems & Policy or PhD Community Health

2.  Check the deadlines!  

3.  Review the requirements (below) and determine your eligibility.  If you have questions about your eligibility please contact us.

General Admissions Requirements

General Oregon MPH admissions requirements include:

  • Graduation from an accredited four year college or university;
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)*, the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT);
  • Letters of reference from academic and professional contacts; and
  • Completion of an undergraduate course in statistics.

Some specific admission requirements may vary depending upon the institution and the track to which the student is applying.

Track-Specific Admissions Requirements

Applicants are evaluated based on their overall application package that must include a narrative statement, letters of reference, official academic transcripts, GRE/MCAT/GMAT (and TOEFL as required) scores, and other experience. The minimum standards for admission vary by track and university.

  • All applicants should have successfully taken at least one college-level statistics class.
    • For the Health Management & Policy track (PSU), students may be accepted conditionally, and must finish a statistics course before taking Epidemiology I or Intro to Biostatistics, both required OMPH core classes.
    • Health Promotion track (PSU), Epidemiology track (OHSU), and Biostatistics (OHSU) track students must have completed a college level statistics course prior to beginning the first term of MPH studies.
  • The recommended minimum GPA is 3.0.
    • Students applying to the Epidemiology or Biostatistics tracks (OHSU) with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be admitted conditionally, with a requirement to maintain a 3.0 GPA during the first term of MPH studies.
  • All applicants should have completed the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). **The OMPH institutional GRE code is 1045. Use this code number when indicating the OMPH Program as a score recipient**
    • Recommended minimums for GRE scores are:
      • 4.5 on the Analytical writing section 
      • 500 (153 on the new GRE scoring system) on the Verbal reasoning section 
      • 500 (144 on the new GRE scoring system) on the Quantitative reasoning section 
    • If you are applying to the Epidemiology or Biostatistics tracks (OHSU), a minimum GRE score of 600 (148 on new) on the quantitative portion is strongly encouraged.
    • For applicants to the Health Management & Policy track (PSU), GMAT scores may be substituted for GRE scores. The recommended minimum score on the GMAT for admission is 600.
    • MCAT Scores may be substituted for GRE scores. The recommended MCAT score for admission is 30.
    • Exceptions: Prospective students who already hold masters degrees from accredited US institutions do not need to take the GRE.
  • Internet TOEFL score of 80 for non-native English-speaking foreign students for all tracks except PHCHD (score of 83, per state Board of Nursing requirements).
  • For applicants to the Primary Health Care & Health Disparities Track (OHSU), conditional admission status may be granted to an applicant who does not meet admission standards, but whose overall record indicates potential. A conditionally admitted student is required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average in the first nine (9) quarter credit hours of SoN course work as well as any other conditions indicated in the student’s acceptance letter. Any student who does not completely meet the condition(s) will be dismissed from the program.

Admissions Information by Program of Study

4.  Gather your application materials:

  • Identify three recommenders and their contact information
  • Have course information from ALL colleges and universities you have attended
  • Use the SOPHAS transcript request from to send the official transcripts
  • Compose your Statement of Purpose  
  • Update your CV/Resume
  • Have copies of your test scores available (and use codes to send to SOPHAS)

5. Begin your online application through SOPHAS.  START YOUR APPLICATION HERE:

6. Select "Oregon MPH Program" as your designated school from the "Schools/Program Designations" section at the bottom of the application

  • Click on the blue "+" sign, click on "Oregon MPH Program-Oregon Health & Science University/Portland State University", then choose the degree/program from the list, click "search" then select the program and deadline. 
  • SOPHAS will allow you to select one track designation. If you wish to apply to more than one track, please select your first choice in SOPHAS. To apply to more than one track, please send an additional statement of purpose that speaks to your reasons for pusuing the second choice. To do this, please email the document to

7. Complete the requiried sections of the SOPHAS Application (as indicated by the red boxes).

8. Complete the additional OMPH Program required sections of the SOPHAS application.

  • Test Scores:  GRE scores are required by the Oregon MPH (*see exceptions above in Track-Specific Admissions Requirements section). Use the OMPH institutional GRE CODE: 1045.  Scores are available 10-15 days after taking the exam and it takes an additional 10 business days to receive them at SOPHAS.  Submit these before e-submitting your application.
  • Answer the "ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS" section under our designation.
9.  After your information is entered you must ESUBMIT your application (this does not mean it is complete!). You CANNOT make changes after you do this.  Once SOPHAS receives your payment, transcripts and letters of reference they will begin your review. Your application is not considered COMPLETE until all of the materials are received - you must be responsible for following up.  For questions about complete applications go here.
10.  The Oregon MPH Program (or partner PhD program) will begin the review process once the deadlines have passed.  The early decision review will be done and students notified, by January 20, 2015.  Notification after the final deadline will vary by department and they will contact applicants directly. 
The Oregon MPH Program supports equal opportunity in admissions, education, employment, housing, and use of facilities by prohibiting discrimination in those areas based on age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion or creed, sex or gender, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis in law.
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