MPH-PEP Program Description

The MPH-PEP consists of a minimum of 45 credits, including a practicum and culminating project. Most students complete the program within 2‐3 years, but students have up to five years to complete all required course work. Students meet regularly with the program director and have a faculty advisor to provide guidance throughout the program. Students are also supported by the college's Office of Academic Programs and Student Services and have access to breadth of OSU's resources to support  student success. 

Instructors from both academic and practical public health, health care and health policy provide a rich learning environment for professional students, and the program understands the demands of a full-time profession. Work/life balance is critical to student success and MPH-PEP faculty and staff make every effort to accomodate the unique needs of the professionals who join the program. 

The program begins in the Summer, and most students take two courses (six credits) each semester, and students spend approximately 10-15 hours of work outside class per 3-credit course.

A practicum is often scheduled in the second year, while the culminating project is typically scheduled after most of the required courses have been taken. Given the busy schedules of MPH-PEP students, extensions for both practicum and culminating projects can be arranged with advisor or program director approval.

Program Format

Courses are offered in either a hybrid or online format.  

Hybrid courses include monthly in-person sessions on either Friday afternoon or Saturday. These in person classes are gnereally 5-6 hours in length providing opportunities for group discussions, in depth analysis of themes and concepts, and practical case studies. Outside of the classroom, students work through readings, online discussions and individual and group assignments. 

Online courses typically have weekly web-based synchronous sessions, typicall scheduled at the end of the work day. These sessoins allow for group conversations, presentations or lectures and proivide a platform for students to learn from each other. As with the hybrid courses, online course have discussions, individual and group assignments and other activities to complete each week.  

Students connect through the university’s content management system, CarmenCanvas, providing students with flexibility to complete assignments, while maintaining important connections with instructor and classmates.   

While students are not required to follow the recommended course schedule, found here, many students take a mix of hybrid and online courses each semester. This means students are likely to be on campus for class at most one Friday and Saturday a  month.