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Community Health

Program Application Deadlines

December 1 – Priority application deadline for Fall matriculation
February 1 – Final application deadline for Fall matriculation

Application Link

PhD in Community Health (SOPHAS)

Criteria for Program Admissions

The Doctoral Program in Community Health is open to students with a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

Applicants should submit:

  • A personal statement (approximately 500 words) addressing areas of research interests; career goals; relevant experiences in teaching, research, publishing, and/or volunteering; and how the community health program connects to academic and professional goals.
  • One academic, public-health writing sample. Some examples might be a paper written for a graduate course, a published academic journal article, or a professional paper. Please submit a writing sample for which you are the sole or primary author
  • Official transcripts
  • GRE score
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in the doctoral program
  • Curriculum vitae or resume

Grade Point Average Minimum Requirements:

3.0

Graduate Examination Minimum Requirements:

Applicants whose scores are more than five years old are strongly encouraged to retake the exam.

GRE SOPHAS Code: 1045

Minimum Score Requirements:

Verbal 153 Quantitative 148 Analytic Writing 4.5

English Language Requirements:

TOEFL Paper-based 550
Computer-based 213
Internet-based 80 (overall) / 18 (reading & writing)
IELTS 7.0

Epidemiology

Program Application Deadlines

With rare exceptions, doctoral students are admitted in the fall of each academic year. For full consideration for teaching or graduate assistantship opportunities, applications for fall of the following academic year should be submitted via SOPHAS by the December 1 application deadline.

December 1 – Priority application deadline for Fall matriculation
February 1 – Final application deadline for Fall matriculation

Application Link

For admission to the PhD in Epidemiology 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. We are listed under the “Oregon Health & Science University/Portland State University School of Public Health”.

PhD Epidemiology (SOPHAS)

Criteria for Program Admissions

The Doctoral Program in Epidemiology is open to students with a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds. A master’s degree in a relevant field is required for admission into the PhD program.

Applicants should submit:

  • A personal statement (approximately 500 words) addressing areas of research interests; career goals; relevant experiences in teaching, research, publishing, and/or volunteering; and how the epidemiology program connects to academic and professional goals.
  • One academic, public-health, or epidemiology writing sample. Some examples might be a paper written for a graduate course, a published academic journal article, or a professional paper. Please submit a writing sample for which you are the sole or primary author.
  • Official transcripts
  • Confirmation of minimum pre-requisites (graduate-level courses in: epidemiology, biostatistics, and human biology or pathophysiology)
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in the doctoral program
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Graduate Record Exam scores

International applications should also submit the following:

  • All applicants with foreign degrees are required to obtain a World Education Service (WES) ICAP course-by-course credential evaluation. Please consult WES‘s website for instructions (www.wes.org). Applicants are responsible for the full cost of this service ($205).
  • Official TOEFL scores if the applicant does not speak English as a native language and has not received a graduate or undergraduate degree in an English-speaking territory.

Grade Point Average Minimum Requirements:

3.0

Graduate Examination Minimum Requirements:

Applicants whose scores are more than five years old are strongly encouraged to retake the exam.

GRE SOPHAS Code: 1045

Minimum Score Requirements:

  • Verbal: 153
  • Quantitative: 148
  • Analytic Writing: 4.5

English Language Requirements:

  • TOEFL
    Paper-based: 550
    Computer-based: 213
    Internet-based: 80 (overall) / 18 (reading & writing)
  • IELTS: 7.0

Additional Information

Students interested in the Doctoral Program in Epidemiology are encouraged to arrange a meeting with the Program Director, Dr. Lynn Marshall, through the Program Coordinator, Laura Ehrlich. Please address all inquiries to ehrlichl@ohsu.edu or 503-494-2557.

Health Systems & Policy

Program Application Deadlines

December 1 – Priority application deadline for Fall matriculation
February 1 – Final application deadline for Fall matriculation

You will be notified of the admission decision approximately one month after the final application deadline.

Application Link

Application for the Health Systems and Policy Ph.D. Program (SOPHAS)*
*Please note that on the SOPHAS website, the program will be listed as Health Policy and Management PhD.

Criteria for Program Admissions

The HS&P program is open to students with a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds; a master’s degree is required for admission. Students with an MPH in health management and policy or an MPA in health administration are particularly well prepared for the program. Master’s degrees in other areas of public health or in other disciplines are also good preparation.

Applicants should submit:

  • Personal statement (approximately 500 words) addressing areas of research interests, including any shared interests with current faculty; career goals; relevant experiences in teaching, researching, publishing, and/or volunteering; and how the HS&P program connects to academic and professional goals.
  • One academic or policy-oriented writing sample. Some examples might be a paper written for a graduate course, a published academic journal article, or a professional paper. Please note that papers should have a single author (i.e. do not submit papers with multiple authors).
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in the doctoral program. At least one letter should be from a current or former graduate program professor.
  • Official transcripts
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants whose GRE scores are more than five years old are strongly encouraged to retake the exam. The GRE code in SOPHAS is 1045.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.

In addition to the above materials, international applications should also submit the following:

Grade Point Average Minimum Requirements:

3.0 (3.25 preferred)

Graduate Examination Minimum Requirements:

Applicants whose scores are more than five years old are strongly encouraged to retake the exam.
GRE is the preferred exam, but the GMAT (Score: 600) and MCAT (Score 26–28) are acceptable substitutes.

GRE SOPHAS Code: 1045

Minimum Score Requirements:

Verbal 150 Quantitative 149 Analytic Writing 4.5

English Language Requirements:

TOEFL Paper–based 550

Computer–based 213

Internet–based 80 (overall) / 18 (reading & writing)

IELTS 7.0

Additional Information

Students admitted to the program who have completed a relevant masters previously such as an MPH in health management and policy or an MPA in health administration may receive substantial credit for relevant courses, decreasing the number of courses required for the PhD. Students with other master’s degrees may also request course credit for relevant, successfully completed graduate courses. Each student’s past courses are evaluated upon admission to the program and a determination will be made regarding which courses will be waived and which courses will comprise the student’s PhD. program of study in HS&P.



Biostatistics

Program Application Deadlines

December 1 – Priority application deadline for Fall matriculation
February 1 – Final application deadline for Fall matriculation

You will be notified of admission decision approximately two months after the application deadline.

Application Link

Application for MPH Biostatistics Track (SOPHAS)

Criteria for Program Admissions

The following is a listing of the minimum guidelines and prerequisites for the entering class:

  • A Bachelors (or equivalent) degree from an accredited US 4-year college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, or the equivalent for international applicants
  • Completion of at least one college-level statistics course
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • CV or resume
  • Official transcripts
  • GRE or MCAT
  • A personal statement (approximately 500 words) addressing areas of research interests; career goals; relevant experiences in teaching, research, publishing, and/or volunteering; and how the biostatistics program connects to academic and professional goals.

International applications should submit the following:

  • All applicants with foreign degrees are required to obtain a World Education Service (WES) ICAP course-by-course credential evaluation (cost $205.00). Please consult WES‘s website for instructions. Applicants are responsible for the full cost of this service.
  • Official TOEFL scores if the applicant does not speak English as a native language and has not received a graduate or undergraduate degree in an English-speaking territory.

Grade Point Average Minimum Requirements:
3.0

Graduate Examination Minimum Requirements:
Applicants whose scores are more than five years old are strongly encouraged to retake the exam.
GRE is the preferred exam, but the MCAT (minimum scores of 8 in each category) is an acceptable substitute.

GRE SOPHAS Code: 1045
Minimum Score Requirements:
Verbal 153 Quantitative 148 Analytic Writing 4.5

English Language Requirements:

TOEFL Paper-based 550
Computer-based 213
Internet-based 80 (overall) / 18 (reading & writing)

Additional Information

Applicants who are accepted conditionally will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA during their first year of study.

Environmental Systems & Human Health

Program Application Deadlines

December 1 – Priority application deadline for Fall matriculation
June 1 – Final application deadline for Fall matriculation

You will be notified of admission decision approximately two months after the deadline.

Application Link

Application for MPH Environmental Services & Human Health Track (SOPHAS)

Criteria for Program Admissions

The following is a listing of the minimum guidelines and prerequisites for the entering class:

  • A Bachelors (or equivalent) degree from an accredited US 4-year college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, or the equivalent for international applicants
  • Completion of at least one college-level statistics course
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • CV or resume
  • Official transcripts
  • GRE or MCAT
  • A personal statement (approximately 500 words) addressing areas of research interests; career goals; relevant experiences in teaching, research, publishing, and/or volunteering; and how the Environmental Systems & Human Health program connects to academic and professional goals.

International applications should submit the following:

  • All applicants with foreign degrees are required to obtain a World Education Service (WES) ICAP course-by-course credential evaluation (cost $205.00). Please consult WES’s website for instructions www.wes.org. Applicants are responsible for the full cost of this service.
  • Official TOEFL scores if the applicant does not speak English as a native language and has not received a graduate or undergraduate degree in an English-speaking territory.

Grade Point Average Minimum Requirements:

3.0

Graduate Examination Minimum Requirements:

Applicants whose scores are more than five years old are strongly encouraged to retake the exam.
GRE is the preferred exam, but the MCAT (minimum scores of 8 in each category) is an acceptable substitute.
GRE SOPHAS Code: 1045
Minimum Score Requirements:
Verbal 153 Quantitative 148 Analytic Writing 4.5

English Language Requirements:

TOEFL Paper-based 550

Computer-based 213
Internet-based 80 (overall) / 18 (reading & writing)

Additional Information

Applicants who are accepted conditionally will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA during their first year of study.

Epidemiology

Program Application Deadlines

December 1 – Priority application deadline for Fall matriculation
February 1 – Final application deadline for Fall matriculation

You will be notified of the admission decision approximately two months after the deadline.

Application Link

Application for MPH Epidemiology Track (SOPHAS)

Criteria for Program Admissions

The following is a listing of the minimum guidelines and prerequisites for the entering class:

  • A Bachelors (or equivalent) degree from an accredited US 4-year college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, or the equivalent for international applicants
  • Completion of at least one college-level statistics course
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • CV or resume
  • Official transcripts
  • GRE or GMAT
  • A personal statement (approximately 500 words) addressing areas of research interests; career goals; relevant experiences in teaching, research, publishing, and/or volunteering; and how the program connects to academic and professional goals.

International applications should submit the following:

  • All applicants with foreign degrees are required to obtain a World Education Service (WES) ICAP course-by-course credential evaluation (cost $205.00). Please consult WES‘s website for instructions.
  • Applicants are responsible for the full cost of this service.
  • Official TOEFL scores if the applicant does not speak English as a native language and has not received a graduate or undergraduate degree in an English-speaking territory.

Grade Point Average Minimum Requirements:

3.0

Graduate Examination Minimum Requirements:

Applicants whose scores are more than five years old are strongly encouraged to retake the exam.
GRE is the preferred exam, but the MCAT (minimum scores of 8 in each category) is an acceptable substitute.
GRE SOPHAS Code: 1045
Minimal Requirements:
Verbal 153 Quantitative 148 Analytic Writing 4.5

English Language Requirements:

TOEFL Paper-based 550

Computer-based 213
Internet-based 80 (overall) / 18 (reading & writing)

Additional Information

Applicants who are accepted conditionally will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA during their first year of study.

Health Management & Policy

Program Application Deadlines

Fall term
Program application deadline – March 1

Winter term
Program application deadline – August 1

Spring term
Program admission deadline – October 1

You will be notified of the admission decision approximately one month after the deadline.

Application Link

Application for the Health Management & Policy Track (SOPHAS)

Criteria for Program Admissions

The Public Administration (PA) Division at Portland State University seeks students with a minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework for regular admission for all applicants. The MPH program requires completion of an undergraduate course in statistics for admission; this is a core requirement across all tracks in the School of Public Health. All PA graduate programs also require GRE scores, with the expectation that applicants offered admission will demonstrate a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 299 and a score of 4.5 on the analytic writing section of the exam. An applicant who does not qualify for regular admission based on GPA, GRE or other elements of the application, may be able to enroll as a non-degree/post-baccalaureate student, or be offered conditional admission. All students for whom English is not the first language must demonstrate language proficiency by a recent TOEFL score of 550. This requirement may be waived if the applicant has completed a graduate degree at an English language based university. Applicants should also review admissions criteria established by the Office of Graduate Studies.

Grade Point Average Minimum Requirements:

3.0 (3.25 preferred)

Graduate Examination Minimum Requirements:

Applicants whose scores are more than five years old are strongly encouraged to retake the exam.
GRE is the preferred exam, but the GMAT (Score: 600) and MCAT (Score 26-28) are acceptable substitutes.
GRE SOPHAS Code: 1045
Minimum Requirements:
Verbal 150 Quantitative 149 Analytic Writing 4.5

English Language Requirements:

TOEFL Paper-based 550
Computer-based 213
Internet-based 80 (overall) / 18 (reading & writing)
IELTS 7.0

Additional Information

Students may be admitted conditionally, and must complete a statistics course before enrolling in Epidemiology I or Introduction to Biostatistics.

Health Promotion

Program Application Deadlines

December 1 – Priority application deadline for Fall matriculation
February 1 – Final application deadline for Fall matriculation

You will be notified of the Department’s decision approximately one month after the deadline.

Application Link

Application for the Health Promotion Track (SOPHAS)

Criteria for Program Admissions

Admission to the graduate program is based on several factors. We are looking for a diverse pool of applicants with undergraduate degrees from various disciplines. Additional requirements include an undergraduate level statistics course, a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0, a minimum score of 297 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), three letters of recommendation, a personal resume, and a 500-1000 word personal essay. Please note: We do not provide pre-admission advising meetings. We do offer a Prospective Student Orientation, held twice each year during fall and spring. Please keep your eyes on the School of Community Health website for details.

Grade Point Average Minimum Requirements:

3.0

Graduate Examination Minimum Requirements:

Applicants whose scores are more than five years old are strongly encouraged to retake the exam.
GRE is the preferred exam, but the GMAT (Score: 600) and MCAT (Score 26-28) are acceptable substitutes.
GRE SOPHAS Code: 1045
GRE Minimum Requirements:
Verbal 153 Quantitative 144 Analytic Writing 4.5

English Language Requirements:

TOEFL Paper-based 550
Computer-based 213
Internet-based 80 (overall) / 18 (reading & writing)
IELTS 7.0

Additional Information

Students may be admitted conditionally, and must complete a statistics course before enrolling in Epidemiology I or Introduction to Biostatistics.

Primary Health Care & Health Disparities

Program Application Deadlines

June 1 – Final application deadline for Fall matriculation

You will be notified of the admission decision approximately two months after the deadline.

Application Link

Application for MPH PHCHD Track (SOPHAS)

State of Residence

At this time, OHSU is not able to accept applicants into our online programs who have permanent residency in the states of Florida or Massachusetts.

Criteria for Program Admissions

The following is a listing of the minimum guidelines and prerequisites for the entering class:

  • A Bachelors (or equivalent) degree from an accredited US 4-year college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, or the equivalent for international applicants
  • Completion of at least one college-level statistics course
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • CV or resume
  • Official transcripts
  • GRE or MCAT
  • A personal statement (approximately 500 words) addressing areas of research interests; career goals; relevant experiences in teaching, research, publishing, and/or volunteering; and how the program connects to academic and professional goals.

International applications should submit the following:

  • All applicants with foreign degrees are required to obtain a World Education Service (WES)ICAP course-by-course credential evaluation (cost $205.00). Please consult WES‘s website for instructions.
  • Applicants are responsible for the full cost of this service.
  • Official TOEFL scores if the applicant does not speak English as a native language and has not received a graduate or undergraduate degree in an English-speaking territory.

Grade Point Average Minimum Requirements:

3.0

Graduate Examination Minimum Requirements:

Applicants whose scores are more than five years old are strongly encouraged to retake the exam.
GRE is the preferred exam, but the MCAT (minimum scores of 8 in each category) is an acceptable substitute.
GRE SOPHAS Code: 1045
Minimal Requirements:
Verbal 153 Quantitative 144 Analytic Writing 4.5

English Language Requirements:

TOEFL Paper-based 550
Computer-based 213
Internet-based 80 (overall) / 18 (reading & writing)

Additional Information

Applicants who are accepted conditionally will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA during their first year of study.



Biostatistics

Program Application Deadlines

December 1 – Priority application deadline for Fall matriculation
June 1 – Final application deadline for Fall matriculation

You will be notified of the admission decision approximately two months after the deadline.

Application Link

Application for MS in Biostatistics Program (SOPHAS)

Criteria for Program Admissions

The following is a listing of the minimum guidelines and prerequisites for the entering class:

  • A Bachelors (or equivalent) degree from an accredited US 4-year college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, or the equivalent for international applicants
  • Completion of at least one college-level statistics course AND one year (two semesters or three terms) of calculus
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • CV or resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Personal statement (approximately 500 words) addressing areas of research interests; career goals; relevant experiences in teaching, research, publishing, and/or volunteering; and how the biostatistics program connects to academic and professional goals.

International applications should submit the following:

  • All applicants with foreign degrees are required to obtain a World Education Service (WES) ICAP course-by-course credential evaluation (cost $205.00). Please consult WES‘s website for instructions. Applicants are responsible for the full cost of this service.
  • Official TOEFL scores if the applicant does not speak English as a native language and has not received a graduate or undergraduate degree in an English-speaking territory.

Grade Point Average Minimum Requirements:

3.0

Graduate Examination Minimum Requirements:

GRE SOPHAS Code: 1045
Minimum Score Requirements:
Verbal 153 Quantitative 148 Analytic Writing 4.5

English Language Requirements:

TOEFL Paper-based 550
Computer-based 213
Internet-based 80 (overall) / 18 (reading & writing)

Additional Information

Applicants who are accepted conditionally will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA during their first year of study.

Health Studies


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MD/MPH


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MPH/MSW


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Preventive Medicine Residency

Program Admissions Deadlines

For the July Residency Cycle:
Between September 1 and November 1 (applications after this deadline may be considered if space is available)

Please note:

  • We can, under special circumstances, accept particularly qualified applicants off-cycle.
  • Eligibility for admission to the program is limited to applicants who have completed at least one year of ACGME-accredited clinical residency training.

Application 

Although we do not participate in the Match, we require all applications be submitted through ERAS.

Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)

Application Criteria and Required Components

  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement (one-page statement of career goals, specific areas of interest, an explanation of why Preventive Medicine training is being pursued, and which MPH Track is of interest)
  • MPH Degree Transcripts (for those with an MPH)
  • Licensure Exam Score Reports: USMLE Steps 1, 2, & 3 (MD applicants); COMLEX (DO applicants)
  • Documentation of Oregon Medical License or Oregon License and Eligibility Questionnaire (All applicants must possess an Oregon medical license, as required by the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners, at the time the training period begins. Licensure questions may be directed to the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners at 503-229-5770)
  • Medical School Dean’s Letter (must include dates)
  • Letters of Recommendation from Residency Directors of all previous training programs (must include dates, location, rotations completed, a competency-based performance evaluation, and verification of completion)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation from physicians or medical scientists having particular knowledge of the applicant’s ability or performance

Selection Process

Core faculty review all applications in detail and selected candidates are invited for on-site interviews. We generally conduct interviews from December through January or February. Applicant assessments and decisions are presented to the Preventive Medicine Residency Advisory Committee for the final decision for offering positions.

The Residency Advisory Committee recommends these selections to the Oregon Health & Science University Director of Graduate Medical Education who approves final appointments to the Program.

Additional Information

Graduates of international medical schools who are applying for medical internships, residencies or fellowships must have a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must be legally able to work in the U.S. or eligible to obtain authorization to work.



Biostatistics

Program Application Deadlines

December 1 – Priority application deadline for Fall matriculation
June 1 – Final application deadline for Fall matriculation

You will be notified of the Department’s decision approximately two months after the deadline.

Application Link

Application for Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics (SOPHAS)

Criteria for Program Admissions

The following is a listing of the minimum guidelines and prerequisites for the entering class:

  • A Bachelors (or equivalent) degree from an accredited US 4-year college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, or the equivalent for international applicants
  • Completion of at least one college-level statistics course
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • CV or resume
    Official transcripts
  • A personal statement (approximately 500 words) addressing areas of research interests; career goals; relevant experiences in teaching, research, publishing, and/or volunteering; and how the biostatistics program connects to academic and professional goals.

International applications should submit the following:

  • All applicants with foreign degrees are required to obtain a World Education Service (WES) ICAP course-by-course credential evaluation (cost $205.00). Please consult WES‘s website for instructions. Applicants are responsible for the full cost of this service.
  • Official TOEFL scores if the applicant does not speak English as a native language and has not received a graduate or undergraduate degree in an English-speaking territory.

Grade Point Average Minimum Requirements:

3.0

English Language Requirements:

TOEFL Paper-based 550 Computer-based 213 Internet-based 80 (overall) / 18 (reading & writing)

Additional Information

Applicants who are accepted conditionally will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA during their first year of study.

Public Health

Program Application Deadlines

December 1 – Priority application deadline for Fall matriculation
June 1 extended! March 1 – Final application deadline for Fall matriculation

You will be notified of the Department’s decision approximately two months after the deadline.

Application Link

Application for Graduate Certificate in Public Health (SOPHAS)

State of Residence

At this time, OHSU is not able to accept applicants into our online programs who have permanent residency in the states of Florida or Massachusetts.

Criteria for Program Admissions

The following is a listing of the minimum guidelines and prerequisites for the entering class:

  • A Bachelors (or equivalent) degree from an accredited US 4-year college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, or the equivalent for international applicants
  • Completion of at least one college-level statistics course
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • CV or resume
  • Official transcripts
  • A personal statement (approximately 500 words) addressing areas of public health interests career goals; relevant experiences in teaching, research, publishing, and/or volunteering; and how the certificate program connects to academic and professional goals.

International applications should submit the following:

  • All applicants with foreign degrees are required to obtain a World Education Service (WES) ICAP course-by-course credential evaluation (cost $205.00). Please consult WES‘s website for instructions. Applicants are responsible for the full cost of this service.
  • Official TOEFL scores if the applicant does not speak English as a native language and has not received a graduate or undergraduate degree in an English-speaking territory.

Grade Point Average Minimum Requirements:

3.0

English Language Requirements:

TOEFL Paper–based 550 Computer–based 213 Internet–based 80 (overall) / 18 (reading & writing)

Additional Information

Applicants who are accepted conditionally will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA during their first year of study.



B.A./B.S. in Health Studies

B.A./B.S. in Health Studies

Choose from four concentrations:

-Community Health Education
-Health Sciences
-Health Education
-Aging Services

B.A./B.S. in Applied Health & Fitness

Minors in Community Health and Aging Services


We also offer two undergraduate minors:

Community Health and Aging Services


 
 
 

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