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
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.
Required core curriculum for this 42-hour program includes:
- Foundations of Public Health Education and Promotion
- Statistical Methods in Education
- General Epidemiology
- Environmental Health Survey of Health Care Administration
- Strategic Health Communications Campaigns
- Leadership Methods and Styles in Healthcare
- Organizational Leadership and Development in Health Care
- Cultural Issues in Health
- Research Design and Methodology
- Health Behavior Theory and Practice for Public Health
- Implementation and Evaluation of Public Health Programs
Practicum or Thesis
Students may choose to complete either a thesis or an applied practicum experience.
In-Person or Online
The MPH course may be completed in-person in Stillwater or Tulsa, online, or a hybrid of both.
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.
- DeadlinesThere 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.
Students enrolled in the Master of Public Health program will complete 42 credit hours during the course of their studies. Cost estimates below are calculated based on 2021-2022 rates. Additional cost details and OSU’s tuition and fee estimator are available on the Bursar website.
2021-2022 Estimated Cost Resident Non-Resident Total cost per credit hour 350.35 480.55 Total cost per 3-credit hour course 1,051.05 1,441.65 Total program cost based on 42 hours 14,714.70 20,183.10
* This is only an estimate of cost, based on currently approved 2021-2022 rates. Cost estimates do not include textbooks, exams, or course expenses, nor do they factor in individual transfer credits or scholarship information. Cost will vary if not enrolled in a fully online degree program. Active-duty military may qualify for resident tuition rate. 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.
- 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