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Master's in Public Health

The need for public health professionals has escalated dramatically since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health careers can be found in local, state, and federal government and non-governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, businesses and corporations, hospitals, state and county health departments, universities, and with grant-funded research and projects.  Master's in Public Health (MPH) students possess a passion to change their communities through injury and disease prevention, and this curriculum equips students with multi-disciplinary, evidenced-based approaches and expertise to accomplish the same.

Applied Student Opportunities

OSU’s degree program in public health balances theoretical knowledge with professional experience through internships and opportunities to work with faculty on research, teaching, and service projects. The Master of Public Health program at Oklahoma State University supplies students with the tools, documents, and resources needed to fulfill desired research concerns and enhance the importance of continued study in public health areas. Our faculty has expertise and scholarly work across a variety of areas, including:


The MPH program focuses on training public health professionals to improve health and well-being of rural and underserved populations. The MS in MPH has an embedded graduate certificate that can be earned on the way to degree completion.


MPH Faculty

The MPH faculty is comprised of researchers and practitioners with a wide array of experience. This includes professors from several different disciplines and departments within the OSU system, as well as those working within large public health agencies (e.g. county and state health departments, community-based organizations), and those administering grant-funded public health projects. This experience is brought into the classroom where our faculty expertise and scholarly work across a variety of areas.


For example,  Dr. Jared Taylor’s research interests at the College of Veterinary Medicine are in population medicine/herd health and the interaction of veterinary medicine and public health. Together, our faculty and student partner with local community-based organizations, government, and tribal communities to advance the health of Oklahomans and beyond.



Admission to the Master of Public Health program is competitive and based on a comprehensive “whole-person” evaluation.

  • Deadlines
    There are no official deadlines for the MPH program. We admit students in all three semesters; Spring, Summer and Fall, on a ‘rolling basis.’ We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks prior to the onset of the semester you intend on being admitted to to ensure enough time to process your application and get acclimated to University systems and procedures in advance of your first semester.
  • Cost

    Students enrolled in the Master of Public Health program will complete 42 credit hours during the course of their studies. Additional cost details and OSU’s tuition and fee estimator are available on the Bursar website.


    Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Full disclaimer


    Cost will vary when courses are offered across disciplines in multiple OSU academic colleges.

    Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

    A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred however, applicants with a lower GPA are still considered for admission.

  • Personal Statement

    The personal statement provides an opportunity for the applicant to not only demonstrate skills in effective writing and communication but showcase his/her passion for the field of public health, facets of personal character, and readiness for entrance into a rigorous graduate program of study. The MPH program at OSU seeks to admit a diverse population of students who display a dedication to public health practice and an understanding of the role of public health practice in improving health outcomes.

  • Letters of Recommendation

    Two letters of recommendation are required.

  • Work/Volunteer Experience

    The field of public health is a corner stone of community service and outreach. Related experience serving rural populations or otherwise addressing needs for underserved populations is preferred. Related experience does not have to be within the field of public health but may demonstrate dedication to a topic or populations, skills in leadership, etc.

  • Assistantships

    Oklahoma State University is a Research-Extensive University. Graduate students play a vital role in both its teaching and research missions. Nearly 2,000 graduate students help finance their graduate education at OSU through employment as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA) and Graduate Research Assistants (GRA). These assistantships typically require 20 hours of teaching/research or other duties per week and carry competitive stipends, tuition waivers allowances, and health insurance benefits.


    While the MPH program does not directly offer assistantships, our faculty regularly have opportunities arise for Graduate Teaching Assistants and Graduate Research Assistants.  Students are not limited, however, to faculty within the MPH program and are encouraged to seek opportunities throughout OSU. Students should contact faculty members directly to inquire about any possible assistantships

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