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 Frequently Asked Questions about the Oregon MPH Program 

About the OMPH Program

What are the general requirements for completing an MPH degree through the OMPH Program?

Please see here for information on the OMPH core curriculum.

Where can I find out more about Graduate Certificate Programs?

Please see the Graduate Certificate page here for this information.

Are there any dual degree programs with the MPH program?

Yes! There are several formal opportunities for students to complete joint or concurrent degree programs where one of the programs of study leads to an MPH degree from the OMPH Program. Please see the Dual Degrees page here for more information.

What is the total duration of the MPH program?

The OMPH Program is designed to appeal to students at a variety of stages of professional development. As such, it caters to part-time and full-time students, working and non-working, returning and continuing. Degree completion can range from two to seven years. The average time to degree completion is 2.5 years.

Is it possible to complete the program while working?

Yes it is possible to complete the program while working. The success of this depends on the individual student. Many students maintain their full-time or part-time jobs, taking classes in the evenings, online, or on days off.
We offer courses throughout the day. To explore class offerings for each track and school, you can review the class schedule for each university.

Are there any courses offered on-line? Which tracks are offered on-line?

Currently only the Primary Health Care & Health Disparities Track may be completed entirely online. However, students admitted to other tracks within the OMPH Program may have access to the five core courses offered online through the PHCHD Track.

What is the total cost of the program?

Prospective students apply directly to the campus that hosts the track in which they are interested. Tuition and fee schedules, financial aid, scholarships, and fellowships are administered by each host campus. For each of the tracks (noted in parentheses, below) please visit the following links:

How do I learn about scholarships and grants?

Scholarship and grant information will be posted and updated periodically on our Fellowships & Grants page, and our Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships page. These two pages will also direct you to information regarding school-specific financial aid options, including: 

Is there an advisor with whom I can speak?

Each track has a track advisor or track coordinator. Please see here, and select the track you are interested in for that track's coordinator or advisor information.

Are there any information sessions for prospective students?

The Oregon MPH Program does not offer a general information session at this time. However, some of the departments and specialty tracks do offer information sessions. You need to contact the track coordinator (see above) to inquire directly.

What do most MPH students do with their MPH?

Public Health is a wonderful and extremely broad field. We recommend that students take a look at job listings for the Oregon Public Health Division, as well as county and local health departments, to see the wide array of currently available positions. We also recommend students search The American Journal of Public Health and The Nation's Health, both published monthly, for national employment listings. There are also a wealth of community organizations dedicated to addressing public health issues, please be certain to look at those working in the arenas that interest you most. Finally, you may wish to search, as well as our own Oregon MPH career opportunities page, for positions we've posted.


What are the prerequisite requirements for statistics?

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 Survey or Intro to Biostatistics, both OMPH core classes. Health Promotion track (PSU) and Epidemiology & Biostatistics (OHSU) track students must have completed the course prior to beginning the first term of MPH studies.

What is the minimum requirement for the GRE* & TOEFL?

The OMPH Program requires a TOEFL score of 550 on the paper test; 213 on the computer-based test.

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, and 500 (144 on the new GRE scoring system) on the Quantitative reasoning section. If you are applying to the Epidemiology & Biostatistics track (OHSU), a minimum GRE score of 600 (148 on new) on the quantitative portion is strongly encouraged.
The OMPH institutional GRE code for PSU is 1045. If you are applying to a track hosted at PSU (Health Management & Policy, Health Promotion), use this code number when indicating the OMPH Program as a score recipient.

*MCAT Scores may be substituted for GRE scores. The recommended MCAT score for admission is 30. *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.


When can I apply for each track and for each school?

Please see here for application deadlines.

What is the process for international applicants?

Please see here for this information.

What is SOPHAS? Does the OMPH Program require this?

The Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) system is the centralized application service for CEPH accredited schools and programs of public health. Beginning in 2013, all applicants to the OMPH Program will use the SOPHAS system.
The OMPH institutional GRE code for PSU is 1045. If you are applying to a track hosted at PSU (Health Management & Policy, Health Promotion), use this code number when indicating the OMPH Program as a score recipient.

I am interested in more than one specialty track; can I apply to both?

Yes, you can apply to two tracks. They will be reviewed in the priority order you indicate on your application. 

How many MPH courses can I take before I am admitted?

Students are allowed to take no more than 12 credits on a non-degree basis prior to admission to the OMPH Program. OMPH core courses may not be taken prior to admission in the OMPH Program. Students who have already completed 12 credits must apply for admission if they wish to continue in the OMPH Program.

I am a transfer student from another MPH program. How many credits may I transfer in?

OMPH students may transfer in up to 1/3 of the number of credits required for their degree. This number includes any pre-admission credits (up to 12) taken in the OMPH Program as well as transfer credits from other institutions:

  1. If a student transfers from another MPH degree program/school they can transfer up to 1/3 of their credits to the OMPH Program (20-21 credits total depending on the track).
  2. If a student is not admitted or matriculated in to any MPH degree program/school, then any OMPH classes they take are "pre-admit" and the limit is currently 12 credits. {Note: Students may take the core classes as “pre-admits” only as room allows.}
  3. If a student transfers from another MPH degree program or school and they have also taken OMPH classes, the limit is still 1/3 of the total credits.

All pre-admission and transfer credits must be graduate level and meet the following requirements: 1) must be letter graded B- or higher; 2) must not be graded Pass (or similar grading method); 3) must not be used for any other degree at any institution; 4) must be no older than seven years at the time the MPH degree is awarded; 5) must be applicable to a master degree at originating institution without qualification; 6) must not be correspondence credit. 
Note: OMPH Graduate Certificate students are allowed to transfer all 19 of their certificate required credits once admitted in to the OMPH Program.


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