Prospective Student Orientation

Health Promotion MPH Track
Prospective Student Orientation
Fall 2013
Overview of the Oregon MPH (OMPH) Program
Overview of the PSU Health Promotion (HP) Track
Address Questions
Websites To Visit
program website
track website
click on “Graduate Program” button in upper
university website
general information, financial aid, etc.
Program Overview
• Collaboration of OHSU and PSU
• One of the few accredited collaborative programs
• When last ranked, tied for nationally among graduate
programs in Community Health
• Second decade
• Accredited through Council on Education for Public
Health (CEPH)
(Current) OMPH Program Structure
Benefits of Collaborative
• Access to the benefits and resources of two
• Ability to take courses on both campuses
• Opportunities to interact with colleagues from a
great breadth of backgrounds and interests
Oregon Health & Science University
• Epidemiology &
SOM, Public Health &
Preventive Medicine
• Primary Health Care &
Health Disparities
SON, Graduate and
Portland State University
• Health Management
& Policy
Hatfield School of
Government, Division of
Public Administration
• Health Promotion
School of Community
PSU Campus Tour
See request form at:
Health Promotion Track, PSU
• 15 core faculty
• 20 Affiliated faculty
• Approximately 100
active students/year
• Degrees offered:
Health Promotion Curriculum
60 Quarter Credits
Required OMPH Core Courses (17 Credits)
Introduction to Biostatistics (PH 525) (4 cr)
Epidemiology I (PHE 530) (4 cr)
Health Systems Organization (PAH 574) (3 cr)
Principles of Health Behavior (PHE 512) (3 cr)
Concepts of Environmental Health (PHE 580) (3 cr)
Health Promotion Curriculum
Health Promotion Track Requirements (28 Credits)
Foundations of Public Health (PHE 511) (3 cr)
Mass Communication OR Media Advocacy (PHE 540 OR 541) (3 cr)
Public Health Program Planning (PHE 550) (4 cr)
Community Organizing (PHE 517) (3 cr)
Quantitative Research Design (PHE 521) (3 cr)
Program Evaluation and Management in Health (PAH 588) (3 cr)
Qualitative Research Design (PHE 520) (3cr)
Etiology of Disease (PHE 519) (3cr)
Values and Ethics in Health (PAH 573) (3cr)
Health Promotion Curriculum
• Area of Emphasis (9 Credits)
• Field Experience (6 Credits)
• Oral Comprehensive Exam
Curriculum Specifics
Competency-based curriculum
Emphasis on applied, community-based, and service
Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at graduate standing,
no lower than B- in any required course
See Program, Track, and
Course competencies at:
See PSU HP Student Handbook at
Health Promotion Track Competencies
1. Apply theory in the development, implementation, and
evaluation of health promotion interventions, programs,
and policies
2. Develop interventions and programs to effect change at
multiple levels, including individual, community,
organization, and policy
3. Design and implement strategies to promote health
4. Solicit and integrate input from community and
organization stakeholders
5. Design and deliver health communication messages
Health Promotion Competencies
6. Evaluate and interpret results from program evaluations and
other research
7. Define research problems, frame research questions, design
research procedures, and outline methods of analysis
8. Apply ethical principles that govern the practice of public
9. Enact cultural competency in diverse social and cultural
10. Develop a substantive Area of Emphasis
Field Experience
• AKA “Graduate Internship”
• Purpose: To demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills
gained during program in a real-world, supervised setting.
• Part of Culminating Experience
• 200 hours, over one or (preferably) two terms
• In an applied environment with public health preceptor
• All core & track required classes must be completed
before beginning
• All HP MPH students must complete
• Graded A-F
Oral Comprehensive Exam
• Purpose: Integrate educational experiences and draw from
coursework and the Field Experience, in responding to
substantive, methodological, and theory-based questions.
• Cumulative, approximately 1 ½ hrs + 1 hr preparation period
• Panel of three faculty
• Offered in Fall, Winter, and Spring terms
Dual Degrees
• Must apply to, and be accepted by, both programs,
• Three years of full-time study to complete
Application Procedures to HP
• Online application to SOPHAS
• University submission
To Portland State University:
• Graduate Admission form
• Application fee $50.00
• One official transcript from each college or
university attended, except PSU but to include
JCs and CCs
• Measles immunization form
• Please see admissions website for application
materials submission address.
• Access via and click on
‘Apply Here’
• Search for Oregon MPH (not PSU) and identify track/campus
• Complete application fields
• Include one official transcript from each college or university
attended, including PSU, JCs and/or CCs
• Identify three people who can provide letters of recommendation
• Compose personal statement following SOPHAS guidelines and
word limits
• Official GRE scores, and TOEFL scores, if applicable
Please direct application questions to:
[email protected]
• All students not holding completed graduate degrees from
accredited US institutions must take the GRE
• GRE code for Portland State University 1045
• Recommended minimum scores:
• 4.5 Analytical
• 153 Verbal
• 144 Quantitative
• All applicants from countries in which English is
not the official language are required to take the
• International students with bachelor or master’s
degrees from an accredited US institution, or an
English speaking college/university in Canada,
Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, or Ireland
are exempt from taking the TOEFL exam.
• Minimum score: 550 paper, 213 computer, 79-80
Letters of Recommendation
• A critical part of the application
• Should address past academic performance, as well as
prospects for career in public health
• Letters for each of the joint degrees must be degreespecific
Statement of Purpose
• Also critical
• May wish to include:
 Relevant experiences
 Understanding of field of public health
and the role of health promotion
 Issues facing public health
 Vision of your professional role in field
 What you expect to gain from PSU
and OMPH Program
• Undergraduate statistics course
• Receive passing letter grade
• See PSU Stat 243, Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4
cr), for an example of an acceptable course
Application Deadline
• February 1, no exceptions
• All materials must be submitted to SOPHAS and to PSU
by close of business on application deadline
• Please plan sufficient time for delivery of GRE scores,
transcripts, and letters of recommendation
• Notice of admission sent early April
Please see application packet at for important
information about application packet
materials, including:
GRE codes
Personal Statement
Letters of Recommendation
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