Mission and Values

Founded in 2014, the mission of the Oklahoma State University Master of Public Health (MPH) program is to improve the health and wellbeing of rural communities and underserved populations through interdisciplinary education, research, service, and outreach. To accomplish this, the program aims to develop leaders and professionals skilled in applying an ecological perspective to implement prevention programs and promote individual and community health.

Values

Underlying all programs at OSU, is our land-grant heritage, which is the basis of our university’s mission. The Morrill Act of 1890 established multiple institutions of higher education in order to teach practical rather than classical disciplines. The land-grant heritage of OSU specifies that the communities and the state will receive the benefits of instruction, research, and outreach. Indeed, the OSU MPH program is affiliated with the College of Human Sciences and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Each of these Colleges has extension agents in all but one of the 77 counties throughout the state of Oklahoma.      

The values of the degree program include:

  • Collaboration across academic disciplines to expand practical applications of preventing disease.
  • Cultural Competence in delivery of programs in order to best reach underserved minority populations with programs that will be successful in enhancing health outcomes.                    
  • Translation of research to practice.
  • Discovery of novel prevention strategies.
  • Enhanced Community Capacity to respond to infectious and chronic public health problems.
  • Ecological Perspectives applied to prevention of disease and promotion of health in order to design multi-faceted prevention programs with breadth of focus beyond individual lifestyle.
  • Leadership to propel necessary policy changes at the level of organizations, communities, and the state.

Workforce Need

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.