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Get certified in Public Health

OSU’s degree in public health prepares students to promote the health of the general public by assuming leadership roles that influence education, policy development, advocacy efforts, research, program development, implementation, and evaluation. Students in the public health degree program examine a range of critical health issues facing communities both domestically and abroad. A minimum of 42 graduate credit hours is required for this program.


The Oklahoma State University Master of Public Health (MPH) program focuses on training public health professionals to improve health and wellbeing of rural and underserved populations. Founded in 2014, the MPH program emphasizes the strengths found across academic units at Oklahoma State University and OSU Center for Health Sciences. Courses are offered in Stillwater, Tulsa, and online.

Our coursework allows students to develop and practice public health skills while  engaging in specific studies of populations or diseases of interest. The program prepares students to engage with multiple sectors of public health.


MPH students enter the program with passion to change their communities, and to prevent injury and disease, and we give them the skills and tools to accomplish these changes. Our faculty teach students to address current local, national, and international health problems through approaches that apply recent and impactful empirical scientific knowledge. MPH graduates are leaders that will work across ecological levels to promote individual and community health.


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 OSU 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 and drug use• Child and adolescent health• Health literacy• Health policy• Indigenous health​ • Mental health• Nutrition• Physical activity• Plant and animal pathogens• Sexual and reproductive health​

Application period

•Alcohol and drug use
• Child and adolescent health
• Health literacy
• Health policy
• Indigenous health
• Mental health
• Nutrition
• Physical activity
• Plant and animal pathogens
• Sexual and reproductive healt

Graduate Certificate

The OSU MPH program offers a unique opportunity to complete a graduate certificate in public health. The 15 credit hour graduate certificate in public health can be completed in one academic calendar year through a range of course offerings including in-person, hybrid, and online. The certificate emphasizes learning in the five core competencies of public health: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health care administration, and social and behavioral sciences.


Workforce Need

The need for public health professionals in both urban and rural areas in Oklahoma and throughout the United States remains high. By 2020, the Association of Schools of Public Health estimates that the country will need an additional 250,000 public health workers. Public health careers can be found in local, state, and federal government; nonprofit organizations; businesses and corporations; hospitals; county health departments; universities; and with health foundations and health-based grant projects.


Proposed Curriculum



CR. / HRS.

MPH 5653/HLTH 5653

Foundations of Public Health Education and Promotion


MPH 5683/HLTH 5683

Health Behavior Theory & Practice




MPH 5133/HLTH 5133

Environmental Health


MPH 5323/HLTH 5323

General Epidemiology


MPH 5203

Evidence Based Approaches to Public Health


MPH 5453/HLTH 5453

Cultural Issues in Health


HCA 5013

Survey of Health Care Administration



Total credit hours


Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

Application Requirements

  • Meet the admission standards of the Graduate College
  • Have the equivalent of at least a 3.0/4.0 undergraduate GPA

Graduate Certificate Admissions

Once you have completed the course requirements for the Certificate Program, to receive your certificate you must submit an Application for Certificate Completion Form to the Registrar's Office.

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MPH Faculty

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.



Oklahoma State University offers an affordable single rate for graduate students in online degree and certificate programs.

Cost details for in-state, online graduate students
Cost details for out-of-state online graduate students


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