Portland State University MPH Program

1600 Southwest 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201
(503) 725-3000

MPH Program Overview

Portland State University offers an MPH degree that has a concentration in the field of Health Promotion. It’s offered in a partnership that includes Oregon State University and Oregon Health and Science University. The program focuses on health promotion, but those enrolling in it will also be able to select a specific emphasis within their studies. These include a number of different options. Upon graduation students can enter numerous careers and will be able to conduct research and apply the data gleaned from it to develop numerous policies and programs that will promote public health. It’s a classroom based program with little to no online option.

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MPH Curriculum and Courses

As mentioned above, enrolling in this program provides students with the chance to select from several different areas of emphasis. Each of these will dictate the overall curriculum they’ll be utilizing. Emphasis areas include:

• Advocacy and Social Change
• Women’s Health
• Aging
• Physical Activity and Risk Reduction
• Integrative Health
• Health Behavior

Students also must complete an internship and a thesis in order to graduate. The program is at least 59 credits long, and full time students normally finish the program within two years.

MPH Admissions

Those applying for the MPH program need to have the following:

• 3.0 or higher GPA
• Three letters of recommendation
• Undergraduate degree in any field
• Completion of an undergrad level statistics course
• Score of 1,000 on the GRE
• Resume
• Five hundred word personal essay

The admissions board looks at each application and admits a diverse group of students into the program each year. There are no pre-admission advisory meetings.

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MPH Tuition and Financial Aid

Students are charged on a per-credit basis here, with average costs being around 337 dollars for residents and 527 dollars for nonresidents per credit. There are plenty of excellent options for financial aid including Perkins Loans, Grants, federal student loans, scholarships, and even employer tuition reimbursement or assistance programs.

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