MPH Admission Requirements
When applying to the MPH in Health Administration and Policy, please be prepared to meet the following requirements:
(1) Completed application in SOPHAS
(2) Completed supplemental application through the University of Oklahoma
(3) Official GRE score submitted through SOPHAS (test scores above 60% are preferable)
(4) Minimum TOEFL score of 88, if applicable (greater than 100 is desirable)
(5) Bachelor’s degree from accredited university or college
(6) Minimum grade point average of 3.0 or above
(7) Undergraduate mathematics course, College Algebra at a minimum, Calculus is preferable
Once the MPH Admissions Committee has received your complete application, it will score the candidate based on academic performance (rigor of institution and program of study, GPA), GRE scores, personal statement, and letters of recommendation.
(1) Can I complete the MPH degree while working full time? Yes, many courses are offered online and in the evening. Some students may choose to take 2 to 3 courses per semester. The maximum time to complete the degree is six years. The degree requires a 240-hour practicum experience that may require adjustments to work hours to complete.
(2) When are your courses usually offered? Most courses are in 3 hour blocks, generally from 12-3 PM, 3-6 PM and 6-9 PM. Two required courses are offered from 10-12 AM. The practicum hours can be flexible.
(3) How can I get financial assistance? Tuition and fees for full time students who are state residents is approximately $7,800 per year. Scholarships are available for incoming MPH students and current MPH students. Some employers have tuition reimbursement programs.
(4) How big are the classes? First year classes average about 25 students per class, with classes in the Department of Health Administration and Policy averaging 6-12 students.
(5) When can I enroll? New students can enroll for the Fall or Spring semester.
(6) How do I find my practicum? All students complete a Practicum Preparation Course where they can explore their interest in different areas of Public Health Practice and find a placement to meet their career goals.
(7) Will you waive the GRE? No.
(8) Will you waive the TOEFL score? No.
(9) Where do you generally place your graduates? Graduates find employment in many different settings from federal organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state organizations such as the state department of health, department of mental health, department of human services, local health departments, non-profit organizations and hospitals.
The Master of Public Health is a 44-credit-hour program of study that prepares graduates for careers in the development, implementation and evaluation of programmatic activity in health services organizations.
The MPH has six Core Courses:
- Biostatistics Methods I
- Principles of Epidemiology
- Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
- Environmental Health
- U.S. Health Care System
- Integrated Public Health Practice
The Department also requires the following courses for all MPH students:
- Organizational Theory and Behavior
- Health Economics
- Public Health Law and Regulations
- Health Forecasting and Budgeting
- Health Policy and Politics
- Health Care Quality Management
- Public Health Practicum
Six credit-hours are reserved for electives, and two credit-hours are awarded for the Public Health Practicum. The Practicum requires a minimum of 240 contact hours by the student.
The MPH is a 44-credit-hour program of study that prepares graduates for careers in the development, implementation and evaluation of programmatic activity in health services organizations.
After completing the course of study, the graduate will have acquired the following competencies as developed and promulgated by the Association of Schools of Public Health Education Committee for the Master's Degree in Public Health:
- Health Sciences
- Health Policy and Management
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Communication and Informatics
- Diversity and Culture
- Public Health Biology
- Program Planning
- Systems Thinking
HAP MPH-Specific Competencies
- Describe the legal and ethical basis for public health and health services.
- Apply the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
- Apply principles of strategic planning and marketing to public health.
- Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational performance issues.
- Apply “systems thinking” for resolving organizational problems.
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) has stated in its Accreditation Criteria:
For each degree program and area of specialization within each program identified in the instructional matrix, there shall be clearly stated competencies that guide the development of degree programs. Competencies define what a successful learner should know and be able to do upon completion of a particular program or course of study.
These statements describe in measurable terms the knowledge, skills and abilities a successful graduate will demonstrate at the conclusion of the program. The relationship between competencies and learning objectives (the incremental learning experiences at the course and experiential levels that lead to the development of the competencies) should be explicit and aligned with the school’s mission, goals and objectives.
Given that competencies define the nature and content of a program and establish explicit student expectations, they should be widely available to students and prospective students, for example, on the school’s website, syllabi and/or in student handbooks. Competencies should guide the curriculum planning process and should be the primary measure against which student achievement is measured.
Dual Degree – JD-MPH
The dual degree in law and public health combines the 3-year Juris Doctorate at the College of Law and the 2-year Masters of Public Health at the College of Public Health into 4 years of study.
The JD requires a minimum of 90 credit hours, and the MPH requires a minimum of 44 credit hours. A dual-degree student will complete 81 credit hours at the College of Law and receive 9 credit hours towards the law degree from coursework completed at the College of Public Health. Likewise, the student will complete 35 credit hours at the College of Public Health and receive 9 credit hours towards the masters degree from coursework completed at the College of Law.
How to apply?
Students interested in the dual program must be accepted by both colleges. Both degrees will be awarded during the same academic season. A student may begin at either college or apply to both colleges simultaneously.
What jobs can I get?
This program is designed to prepare the student who plans either to practice law in the healthcare arena or to influence health-related policies.
The relationships between healthcare service organization administration, practice, and policy and law is increasingly interconnected, and it is not unusual to find individuals with legal training and experience in top administrative and policy positions in a variety of healthcare service organizations and governmental settings. Given the growing number of healthcare administration problems in need of solutions, the demand for lawyers, especially at the policy level, with solid administrative training is critical. Attorneys who counsel healthcare service organization administrators and practitioners must have a broad knowledge of healthcare administration to best serve their clients. These developments have given rise to numerous career opportunities in a variety of professional settings within and without the healthcare service organization community.
Graduates of this proposed dual degree program would be able to tailor their electives for careers in any of the following settings:
- Managerial positions in local, state, regional, and national healthcare service organizations
- Attorney positions within a law firm group that focuses on healthcare
- Legal analysts at local, state, regional, and national levels
- Policy analysts at local, state, regional, and national levels
- Serving as legal counsel for local, state, regional, or national agencies.
What does the curriculum look like?
The curricular sequence is highly dependent on when and where a student initially matriculates and on that student’s preferences for law school courses. The student will work closely with the dual degree advisor at the College of Public Health to ensure all curricular requirements are met.
More information for Dual Degree - MPH-JD
MPH HAP Practicum Placements
- Choctaw Nation
- Citizen Potawatomi Nation
- City of Oklahoma City
- Duncan Medical Associates
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
- McBride Orthopedic Hospital/Clinic
- Norman Regional Health System
- Norman Specialty Hospital
- Oklahoma City Inter-Tribal Health Board
- Oklahoma City-County Health Department
- Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse
- Oklahoma Health Care Authority
- Oklahoma Dental Association
- Cleveland County Health Department
- Oklahoma State Department of Health
- Southwest Regional Medical Center
- St. Anthony Hospital
- Tinker Air Force Base
- Touchmark at Coffee Creek
- Tulsa City-County Health Department
- VA Medical Center of Oklahoma City
- Variety Care
Opportunities for practicum placement can be found at http://coph.ouhsc.edu/current/practicum.aspx
MPH HAP Alumni Employment
- US Air Force
- Integris Hospital
- Sunshine Children’s Home
- Dean McGee Eye Center
- Johns Hopkins University Center for American Indian Health
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Forward Solution (policy consulting)
- Central Oklahoma Community Health Center
- Norman Regional Hospital
- Compass Professional Services
- Cleveland County Health Department
- Oklahoma Hospital Association
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Oklahoma City County Health Department
- Washington Association for Community and Migrant Health Centers
- Southwestern Regional Medical Center
- Choctaw Nation Health Clinic
- Peace Health Hospital System - Portland, Oregon
- Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality
- Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
- Oklahoma State Department of Health
- Tulsa City County Health Department
- Heartland Dental
- Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board
- Getwell Network
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- Food and Drug Administration
- St. John Medical Center
- Chickasaw Nation
- Oklahoma Health Care Authority
- Oklahoma Department of Human Services