The Master of Public Health (MPH) is the core professional degree recognized throughout the world for public health practice, both in the public sector and in emerging private sector careers related to population health.
The Masters in Health Administration (MHA) degree program at Ohio State prepares students for management and policy positions in health services careers. The education you receive will contribute to improving health care through instruction and practical experiences focusing on effective management of health care institutions.
The Master of Science (MS) degree is intended for students whose interest is in the academic subject matter of the field rather than in professional practice. It is a natural entry point for many students who will eventually continue for the PhD. Because of this orientation, the emphasis in the MS degree program is on building a strong foundation in a particular specialty field, along with the research methods important in that field.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree requires a significant program of study and research that qualifies the recipient to work independently and contribute to the advancement of the field of knowledge. Thus, the emphasis is on mastery of the field and particularly on the acquisition of research skills as a basis for original work.
The College offers a number of degree options that allow students to supplement their public health coursework with more focused, interdisciplinary study from another department. By pursuing a dual or combined degree, students have the opportunity to earn both degrees in a shorter amount of time than they would independently, due to the fact that some required coursework can be shared.
Humans are exposed to a variety of hazardous toxic chemical and infectious microbial agents throughout their life course. There is a need and demand for qualified professionals with appropriate environmental public health education and skills focused on human health risk assessment associated with environmental exposures via specific modes (e.g. inhalation; ingestion) and to various types and levels of toxic and infectious agents associated with contaminated air, water, soil and food matrices. Read more about the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Public Health Risk Assessment.
There are numerous illnesses associated with environmental exposures to various biological, chemical and physical agents with related concerns for transmissions and interactions between and among humans and animals. Accordingly, there are identified needs and demands domestically and internationally for a more efficient and effective interdisciplinary and integrated One Health approach for surveillance, prevention, mitigation and intervention addressing agents and associated diseases at the interface of human health, animal health and environmental quality. Read more about the Graduate Certificate in Global One Health.
Graduate Interdisciplinary Specializations
Obesity affects more than 500 million adults globally. This multifaceted, multilayered medical condition requires multidisciplinary solutions. The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Obesity Science teaches students how to address this epidemic from biological, psychological, social, and relational perspectives. This provides you foundational knowledge and skills needed in basic science, prevention science, community interventions and clinical treatments.
The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Global Health (GISGH) is an opportunity for students to complement an existing specialization within the College of Public Health. Objectives of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Global Health are to provide graduate and professional students access to interdisciplinary study in global health issues, to offer students the opportunity to gain specific expertise in the unique challenges of healthcare in the developing world and among immigrant populations, and to provide formal recognition of such study on the student's transcript upon completion.
The Graduate minor in Public Health Behavior and Promotion is intended to complement applicable PhD and Master’s degree majors across Ohio State University to provide students with fundamental knowledge about public health behavior and health promotion and the related skills and approaches necessary to plan, implement, and evaluate health-related programs.