Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

D.O./Master of Public Health

OSU-CHS offers a joint Doctor of Osteopathy and Master of Public Health degree with emphasis on Rural and Underserved Populations with the Oklahoma State University Graduate College. Classes are held at the OSU Main Campus in Stillwater with an occasional course at OSU-Tulsa and a growing number of courses available via distance learning.

Today's successful physicians must have explicit understanding of cultural de terminants of health and population ealth to be able excel on multiple levels. At Oklahoma State University, the MPH program emphasizes the determinants of health for rural and underserviced populations. The program is designed to integrate the knowled ge, skills, and experiences necessary to help you achieve your career goals.

The D.O./MPH is an accelerated program that allows D.O. students to gain their MPH in one calendar year by allowing D.O. coursework to serve as elective coursework for the M.P.H. degree. This 42-hour program captures 27 hours of the MPH's core coursework in the fall and spring semesters with six elective hours taken in the summer.

The MPH curriculum is a blend of behavioral and public health skill building coursework, often with real-world applications, designed to reflect today's emphasis on population medicine . The curriculum will be continuously updated based on feedback from students, the advisory committee, local health departments and alumni; however, the underl ying philosophy of public health and content areas required by our accrediting body will remain constant.

Admission Information

Types of Admission

Students may pursue the D.O./ M.P.H. on one of two tracks: 2 - 1 - 2 or 1 - 4. Current students may apply for the dual degree on the 2 - 1 - 2 track at any time during their first or second year of medical school. New students admitted into the 1 - 4 track of the program must complete one full year of M.P.H. degree requirements, and remain in good standing per OSU M.P.H. standards (as outlined in the OSU M.P.H. Handbook), in order to retain deferred admission into the D.O. program.

Entrance Requirements

The D.O./ M.P.H. program is open to current and selected new students of the College of Osteopathic Medicine with the approval of both the College and the M.P.H. Program.

Application Procedures

Current MSI and MSII students applying to the 2 - 1 - 2 track must make direct inquiry to the Office of Admissions before beginning the M.P.H. application process. Prospectiv e students who wish to pursue application to the D.O./ M.P.H. program on the 1 - 4 track must indicate so on the secondary application. Prior to beginning the M.P.H. application process, dual degree candidates for the 1 - 4 track must have a successful intervie w with an offer of deferred admission to the D.O. Program.

Upon the request of admissions, applicants must submit the following:

  • Official MCAT Score
  • D.O./ M.P.H. Application
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Graduate College Application (with $40 application fee)
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Resume

Applications for the 2 - 1 - 2 track will only be accepted from current students in good academic standing. Students on Academic Probation will not be allowed to enter the progra m. The application review process begins upon receipt of the application package. Students are urged to submit their completed application package as early as possible. Applications are reviewed for admission once all required documentation has been received. A D.O./ MPH application is valid for one year from date of submission.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and are subject to change only after public notice has been given at least 120 days prior to the effective date.


For more information regarding fees specific to the Spears School of Business, refunds and other information, visit the OSU Office of the Bursar website.

Curriculum and Course Descriptions

First Semester – Fall (15 credit hours)

MPH/HHP 5653 Foundations of Public Health Education & Promotion
Exploration of key concepts, philosophies, ethical principles, historical events, theories/models, and responsibilities and competencies of public health promotion.

MPH/HHP 5683 Health Behavior Theory & Practice for Public Health
Theories and concepts of health behavior change and exploration of the application of theories to public health programs.

MPH/HHP 5133 Environmental Health
Examination of health issues, etiology of disease, and control and prevention of major environmental health problems in i ndustrialized and developing countries.

REMS 5953 Statistical Methods in Education
Statistical methods needed by conductors and consumers of research in education and the behavioral sciences. Introduction to interpretation and application of descriptive and inferential statistics.

HCA 5013 Survey of Health Care Administration
Overview of current issues in health care administration that relate to planning, legal, ethical and other related topics.

Second Semester – Spring (12 credit hours)

MPH/HHP 5973 Designing Public Health Programs
Application of program design principles, including needs assessment, theoretical application, program planning and marketing.

MPH/HHP 5983 Implementation and Evaluation of Public Health Programs
Application of program implementation and evaluation, including evaluation design.

MPH/HHP 5453 Cultural Issues in Health
Examination of ways in which culture affects h ealth and health care including perceptions of health, disease, treatments, and the val ues associated with these factors. The need for cultural sensitivity in health care is emphasized.

MC 5953 Strategic Health Communications Campaigns
The course will focus on theoretical approaches to health message design and the most effective and stra tegic use of traditional and new media outlets. Students also will review and discuss examples of past and current health communication campaigns in the United States and around the world. Integrating theory and practice, students will apply these concepts to design strategic communication campaigns for area health agencies and organizations.

Summer (6 credit hours)

MPH/HHP 5323 General Epidemiology
Examination of epidemiological theory and its methodological application to public health.

HDFS 5753 Leadership and Management of Community Service Programs
An examination of leadership and management concepts related to the effective administration of community - based agencies. Web - based instruction.

MPH 5030 Practicum in Public Health
The Council on education for Public Health (CePH) requires that all students engage in a culminating experience that combines public health knowledge and skills. This 200-hour experience allows direct application of course content in an applied setting under guidance and su pervision from faculty and community supervisors. The goals of this experience is to enrich classroom activity with practical understanding. Placement sites require prior approval from a committee comprised of one core and two affiliate public health faculty. Placement sites may include governmental or non - governmental organizations, community - based organizations, applied public health field research, health service settings (including those in universities and schools), or worksite wellness programs . This 200 - hour experience can be conducted as part of the MS-III or MS-IV clinical practicum, as approved by the Committee.

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