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Apply: MPH in Health Promotion/MURP

*Please note that you will need to apply to the MPH in Health Promotion and the Masters in Urban & Regional Planning separately. The following guidelines are for the MPH in Health Promotion only.

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MPH in Health Promotion

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Program Description

Application Deadlines

  • December 1 – Early application deadline
  • April 1 – Final application deadline; for best consideration, apply before February 1

The MPH in Health Promotion Admissions Committee considers each applicant holistically, on the basis of all components in the application. We encourage all interested applicants to apply. Successful applicants typically demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Quantitative ability, assessed based on grades in math or statistics coursework, success in advanced mathematics, quantitative courses, GRE quantitative scores, or in applied experience. 
  • A demonstrated understanding of what public health is and what you hope your future role is.

Admissions Requirements

  • Conferred Undergraduate Degree from an accredited or governmentally – recognized university
  • One college level math course

Application Requirements

  • A personal statement (approximately 500 words) addressing career goals; professional interests and experiences, and how the program will help you achieve your professional goals.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential success in this program, and prospects for a career in public health. Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide at least one recommendation letter from an academic source (e.g., former instructor or advisor), who can speak to the applicant’s prior academic performance.
  • Official transcript from all higher education institutions attended. (OHSU and PSU transcripts are also required for current and prior students).
  • Standardized test scores (one of the following)
    • GRE – Taken within the last five years. Send to SOPHAS with code 1045
    • MCAT – Have AAMC send scores to SOPHAS
    • Waiver – Applicants with an earned graduate degree from an accredited or governmentally recognized institution need not provide GRE or MCAT scores. If applicants with a graduate degree are without quantitative coursework in their academic background, they are encouraged to submit GRE scores. 
  • All applicants with foreign degrees are required to obtain a WES ICAP course-by-course credential evaluation.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS 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. The scores must be less than two years old. 

Background Checks

  • Applicants who accepted an offer to study at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health are required to complete a background check. New students will be prompted to complete the background check information after the new student’s name and email address are provided to the vendor by Admissions.
  • The cost is paid for by the applicant (from $35 and up) and the process can take several days to several weeks to complete. Only the “Approved” or “Not Approved” results are communicated with Admissions; background check details are confidential and remain with the vendor performing this review.