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MPH in Public Health Practice

Our online Public Health Practice degrees offer professional expertise in a convenient, flexible format.

In the Public Health Practice MPH and Graduate Certificate in Public Health programs, you will gain applied knowledge that enhances your ability to engage stakeholders, identify community needs, gather data, design and implement programs and policies, lead organizations, and collaborate across disciplines.

Educational Goals

The Public Health Practice MPH and Graduate Certificate in Public Health programs are ideal for:

  • Professionals with full-time careers, including doctors, nurses, social workers, educators, nonprofit personnel, government officials, hospital administrators, and others whose work involves advancing the public’s health.
  • Full-time students living in or near metropolitan Portland or those who live outside the Portland metropolitan area, especially those in rural areas of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Graduate students in other fields (including medicine, law, and social work) who seek to add a public health lens to their work, through a graduate certificate in public health.

Program Benefits

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH) offers a fully online MPH in Public Health Practice, a hybrid online/on-campus MPH that you can complete in one year, and an online Graduate Certificate in Public Health.

All three programs enable you to:

  • Serve populations that bear a disproportionate share of society’s health risks.
  • Connect and collaborate with various kinds of public health professionals, including (but not limited to) researchers, policy makers, program evaluators, health care practitioners, hospital and clinic administrators, and community advocates.
  • Use a dynamic online course platform that promotes strong relationships and extensive interaction among students and faculty.
  • Get personal, one-on-one attention from your instructors.

In addition, both the online and hybrid version of the MPH degree confer practical skills such as grant writing, program design and evaluation, data analysis, and public health research.

MPH Public Health Practice – Online Only

The two-year MPH in Public Health Practice pairs online coursework with hands-on engagement in your own community, wherever you live. Designed to accommodate recent college graduates as well as working adults, our online MPH can fit easily into any schedule, whether you are taking courses full-time or balancing them with your job, family, and other responsibilities.

The online Public Health Practice MPH is taught by the same preeminent faculty who lead the OHSU-PSU SPH’s in-person programs. And, it equips you with relevant, applied expertise in public health practice that you can use to guide health reform, exercise leadership, develop and evaluate programs, and better serve your community.

MPH in Public Health Practice – Hybrid Online / On-Campus

The hybrid Public Health Practice MPH combines online and in-person courses. Designed for completion on an accelerated 12-month schedule, it equips you with specialized public health expertise to support specific professional goals.

You can complete this rigorous hybrid MPH in Public Health Practice program during a year off from an MD, JD, MSW, MPA, or other graduate degree, adding complementary training that expands your scope of expertise and increases your marketability.

Program Requirements & Guide

Please refer to the Program Guide for an overview of program requirements and a current program of study. To see all of the graduate program guides for an overview of degree requirements and a current programs of study, visit the MPH and MS Requirements page.

MPH Program Requirements Guide

Masters of Public Health, Public Health Practice program requirements and guide.


Recruitment & Admissions

Schedule an appointment with our Recruitment & Admissions Manager.


Core Competencies & Contact Information

MPH in Public Health Practice - Core Competencies

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Students graduating from this program will be able to:

  • Assess, analyze, and synthesize the health status of vulnerable populations.
  • Identify, develop and manage interventions to promote and protect the health of populations at risk.
  • Lead and participate in interprofessional efforts to address health inequities with community partners.
  • Conduct, participate in or apply research which improves the health of a population.
  • Assess and integrate cultural beliefs and practices into public health interventions.
  • Develop and plan interventions utilizing principles of health systems organization and health care finance to address health disparities.
  • Apply program planning and quality improvement principles in the development, management and/or evaluation of population health services.
  • Demonstrate basic skills in development of a grant proposal.
  • Employ techniques to manage human, fiscal, and other public health resources.

Contact our Recruitment & Admissions Manager with your questions about our MPH program.

Recruitment & Admissions Manager – Josh Hodsden, MBA, CPH
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Take the next steps and apply to our MPH in Public Health Practice program.

Learn about the application process and requirements for applying to the Masters of Public Health in Public Health Practice.

Accreditations and Rankings

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Application Requirements

Admission information for Graduate OHSU-PSU School of Public Health students.

Graduate Admissions

Tuition & Fees

School of Public Health guidelines for tuition and fees for graduate programs.

SPH Tuition & Fees

Financial Aid

Learn more about SPH financial aid opportunities for graduate students.

SPH Financial Aid