Master of Public Health 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.

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 the multiple sectors of 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. 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.

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of diseases.”
– Thomas Edison
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Students are encouraged to identify a rural community or undeserved population as the focus of class projects. In doing so, students will have the opportunity to assess the needs of that community or population, and to thoughtfully create programs for preventing disease within that community or population. Prevention efforts often include a focus on lifestyle and health behaviors. Current students study health behaviors and health outcome areas that include: the use of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, mental health, disabilities, zoonotic diseases, nutrition and food security, obesity, physical activity, maternal and child health, teen pregnancy and sexual health. These students are meaningfully engaged with rural communities throughout Oklahoma and underserved populations that include indigenous populations, racial minorities, recent immigrants, and sexual minorities.

The need for public health professionals in both urban and rural areas in Oklahoma and throughout America remains high. By 2020, the Association of Schools of Public Health estimates that the country will need an additional 250,000 public health workers. Join us. Become an agent of change within your community. Apply today to begin the process of reaching your goals.