Public Health, MPH
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:
- Alcohol & Drug Use
- Child & Adolescent Health
- Health Literacy
- Health Policy
- Indigenous Health
- Mental Health
- Physical Activity
- Plant & Animal Pathogens
- Sexual & Reproductive Health
- 42 graduate credit hours is required for this program.
- Students can select to complete a thesis or applied practicum
- Courses are offered in Stillwater, Tulsa, and online.
The MPH faculty is comprised of researchers and practitioners with a wide array of experience. This includes working within large public health agencies (e.g. county and state health departments, community-based organizations), administering grant-funded public health projects, and the like. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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