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Overview of the Oregon MPH (OMPH) Program

  • Overview of the Oregon MPH (OMPH) Program

  • Overview of the PSU Health Promotion (HP) Track

  • Address Questions



www.oregonmph.org program website

  • www.oregonmph.org program website

  • www.pdx.edu/SCH track website click on “Graduate Program” button in upper left

  • www.pdx.edu university website general information, financial aid, etc.



Collaboration of OHSU and PSU

  • Collaboration of OHSU and PSU

  • One of the few accredited collaborative programs

  • When last ranked, tied for nationally among graduate programs in Community Health

  • Second decade

  • Accredited through Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)





Access to the benefits and resources of two campuses

    • Access to the benefits and resources of two campuses
    • Ability to take courses on both campuses
    • Opportunities to interact with colleagues from a great breadth of backgrounds and interests


  • Epidemiology & Biostatistics SOM, Public Health & Preventive Medicine

  • Primary Health Care & Health Disparities SON, Graduate and Interdisciplinary Programs



  • Health Management & Policy Hatfield School of Government, Division of Public Administration

  • Health Promotion School of Community Health



See request form at:

  • See request form at:

  • http://www.pdx.edu/admissions/campus-visit-request-personal



15 core faculty

  • 15 core faculty

  • 20 Affiliated faculty

  • Approximately 100 active students/year

  • Degrees offered: MPH MURP / MPH MSW / MPH



60 Quarter Credits

  • 60 Quarter Credits

  • Required OMPH Core Courses (17 Credits)

  • Introduction to Biostatistics (PH 525) (4 cr)

  • Epidemiology I (PHE 530) (4 cr)

  • Health Systems Organization (PAH 574) (3 cr)

  • Principles of Health Behavior (PHE 512) (3 cr)

  • Concepts of Environmental Health (PHE 580) (3 cr)



Health Promotion Track Requirements (28 Credits)

  • Health Promotion Track Requirements (28 Credits)

  • Foundations of Public Health (PHE 511) (3 cr)

  • Mass Communication OR Media Advocacy (PHE 540 OR 541) (3 cr)

  • Public Health Program Planning (PHE 550) (4 cr)

  • Community Organizing (PHE 517) (3 cr)

  • Quantitative Research Design (PHE 521) (3 cr)

  • Program Evaluation and Management in Health (PAH 588) (3 cr)

  • Qualitative Research Design (PHE 520) (3cr)

  • Etiology of Disease (PHE 519) (3cr)

  • Values and Ethics in Health (PAH 573) (3cr)



Area of Emphasis (9 Credits)

  • Area of Emphasis (9 Credits)

  • Field Experience (6 Credits)

  • Oral Comprehensive Exam



Competency-based curriculum

  • Competency-based curriculum

  • Emphasis on applied, community-based, and service learning

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at graduate standing, no lower than B- in any required course

  • See Program, Track, and Course competencies at: www.oregonmph.org

  • See PSU HP Student Handbook at www.pdx.edu/sch



Apply theory in the development, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion interventions, programs, and policies

  • Apply theory in the development, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion interventions, programs, and policies

  • Develop interventions and programs to effect change at multiple levels, including individual, community, organization, and policy

  • Design and implement strategies to promote health

  • Solicit and integrate input from community and organization stakeholders

  • Design and deliver health communication messages



6. Evaluate and interpret results from program evaluations and other research

  • 6. Evaluate and interpret results from program evaluations and other research

  • 7. Define research problems, frame research questions, design research procedures, and outline methods of analysis

  • 8. Apply ethical principles that govern the practice of public health

  • 9. Enact cultural competency in diverse social and cultural communities

  • 10. Develop a substantive Area of Emphasis



AKA “Graduate Internship”

  • AKA “Graduate Internship”

  • Purpose: To demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills gained during program in a real-world, supervised setting.

  • Part of Culminating Experience

  • 200 hours, over one or (preferably) two terms

  • In an applied environment with public health preceptor

  • All core & track required classes must be completed before beginning

  • All HP MPH students must complete

  • Graded A-F



Purpose: Integrate educational experiences and draw from coursework and the Field Experience, in responding to substantive, methodological, and theory-based questions.

  • Purpose: Integrate educational experiences and draw from coursework and the Field Experience, in responding to substantive, methodological, and theory-based questions.

  • Cumulative, approximately 1 ½ hrs + 1 hr preparation period

  • Panel of three faculty

  • Offered in Fall, Winter, and Spring terms



MSW/MPH and MURP/MPH



  • Online application to SOPHAS

  • University submission



Graduate Admission form

  • Graduate Admission form

  • Application fee $50.00

  • One official transcript from each college or university attended, except PSU but to include JCs and CCs

  • Measles immunization form

  • Please see admissions website for application materials submission address.



Access via http://www.pdx.edu/sch/mph-health-promotion and click on ‘Apply Here’

  • Access via http://www.pdx.edu/sch/mph-health-promotion and click on ‘Apply Here’

  • Search for Oregon MPH (not PSU) and identify track/campus

  • Complete application fields

  • Include one official transcript from each college or university attended, including PSU, JCs and/or CCs

  • Identify three people who can provide letters of recommendation

  • Compose personal statement following SOPHAS guidelines and word limits

  • Official GRE scores, and TOEFL scores, if applicable

  • Please direct application questions to:

  • schinfo@pdx.edu



All students not holding completed graduate degrees from accredited US institutions must take the GRE

  • All students not holding completed graduate degrees from accredited US institutions must take the GRE

  • GRE code for Portland State University 1045

  • Recommended minimum scores:

  • 4.5 Analytical

  • 153 Verbal

  • 144 Quantitative



All applicants from countries in which English is not the official language are required to take the TOEFL.

  • All applicants from countries in which English is not the official language are required to take the TOEFL.

  • International students with bachelor or master’s degrees from an accredited US institution, or an English speaking college/university in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, or Ireland are exempt from taking the TOEFL exam.

  • Minimum score: 550 paper, 213 computer, 79-80 internet-based



A critical part of the application

  • A critical part of the application

  • Should address past academic performance, as well as prospects for career in public health

  • Letters for each of the joint degrees must be degree-specific



Also critical

  • Also critical

  • May wish to include:

  • Relevant experiences

  • Understanding of field of public health and the role of health promotion

  • Issues facing public health

  • Vision of your professional role in field

  • What you expect to gain from PSU and OMPH Program



Undergraduate statistics course

  • Undergraduate statistics course

  • Receive passing letter grade

  • See PSU Stat 243, Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4 cr), for an example of an acceptable course



February 1, no exceptions

  • February 1, no exceptions

  • All materials must be submitted to SOPHAS and to PSU by close of business on application deadline

  • Please plan sufficient time for delivery of GRE scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation

  • Notice of admission sent early April






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