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Why study Public Health online at OSU?

The need for public health professionals in both urban and rural areas in Oklahoma and throughout America remains high. 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.  Master's in Public Health (MPH) students enter the program with passion to change their communities, to prevent injury and disease, and we give them the skills and tools to accomplish these changes in their communities.


This degree program will be available 100% online beginning Fall 2021. Courses are delivered through Canvas, OSU’s online learning platform. Program courses are offered using 8- and 16-week formats. Courses are taught asynchronously so students can fit them into their schedules. The courses are taught by OSU faculty who teach students to address current local, national, and international health problems through approaches that apply recent and impactful empirical scientific knowledge.

250,000Public Health Workers

The ASPPH estimates a need for additional public health workers.



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
  • General Epidemiology
  • Environmental Health
  • Evidence-Based Approaches to Public Health
  • Leadership, Policy, and Ethics in Public Health
  • Cultural Issues in Health
  • Health Behavior Theory and Practice for Public Health
  • Designing Public Health Programs
  • Implementation and Evaluation of Public Health Programs
  • Master's Thesis or Master of Public Health Practicum (non-thesis)
  • 9 hours of electives for thesis students
  • 12 hours of electives for non-thesis students


Prospective students will be evaluated for admission on an ongoing basis. For priority consideration, however, please apply by March 1st for Fall admission and by August 1st for Spring admission.


Applications to the Master’s in Public Health program should be completed via the OSU Graduate College. For application review, prospective students are required to submit a Resume or Curricula Vitae (CV) and a Statement of Purpose, limited to 1500 words. The Statement of Purpose should highlight:


  • Your interest in the Master's in Public Health program at Oklahoma State University.
  • Your experience and current preferences in the field of public health.
  • Your professional goals, strengths and how those will shape your personal growth.
  • Any additional information that will assist in considering your application that may not be reflected in your transcripts, GPA, GRE/other testing scores, resume, etc.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required. Please refer to the Application Process page for more detailed information on admission requirements. 



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 2022-2023 rates. Additional cost details and OSU’s tuition and fee estimator are available on the Bursar website.

2022-2023 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 2022-2023 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 if not enrolled in a fully online degree program. Cost will vary when courses are offered across disciplines in multiple OSU academic colleges. There are additional fees for non-MPH prefix courses and rates differ for resident and non-resident hours. 

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