Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and Portland State University (PSU) School of Public Health

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MPH in Public Health Practice

Program Overview

Core Competencies


Students in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health MPH in Public Health Practice acquire broad knowledge about and perspectives on public health policy and practice, with particular emphasis on improving primary healthcare accessibility and quality for underserved populations based on the concepts and principles of primary health care defined by the World Health Organization (universal coverage, service delivery, public policy, leadership, and stakeholder participation).

To support working and distance students, coursework for the MPH in Public Health Practice program may be completed entirely online in an asynchronous format. Online MPH students are fully matriculated into the School of Public Health and have the option to complete some of their courses in person. Graduates are employed by state and local governmental agencies, non-profits, and community organizations.

Our MPH in Public Health Practice is a 56-credit online program. The MPH in PHP (online) program of study is available in the 2018-2019 Master’s Student Handbook.

The MPH in Public Health Practice 12-month hybrid option is available to qualified applicants through an online/campus format, and here is a Sample Program of Study.

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.

Application Questions – Josh Hodsden, MBA 503-494-1158

Course Registration Questions – Laura Ehrlich, M.Ed. 503-494-2557

Program Director – Elizabeth Needham Waddell, PhD, Assistant Professor