Public Health

Program Requirements


The following are the requirements for admission into the OHSU School of Nursing Public Health programs. Please see the international applicant web page for additional requirements if you are a resident of a country other than the United States.

  • Master of Public Health-Primary Health Care and Health Disparities
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health

Prior Degree

It is expected that applicants to the public health graduate programs have a Bachelors Degree from a regionally accredited institution. It is not required to hold a nursing or medical degree.


Work Experience

Work experience is not required for either program. OHSU welcomes applications from those who are new to the public health field as well as from more experienced public health professionals.

Grade Point Average

Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores

GRE scores are submitted directly to SOPHAS with the institution code of 1045. OHSU recommends a minimum score of 500 in each section (verbal and quantitative) as well as a minimum analytic writing score of 4.0 for the scoring scale used prior to August 2011 or a 144 in the quantitative section, 153 in the verbal section, and a minimum analytic writing score of 4.5 to be competitive. GRE scores are only required for those applying to the Master of Public Health program. Applicants to the Graduate Certificate program are not required to submit standardized test scores.

*Applicants who already hold a masters degree from an accredited US institution do not need to take the GRE.

Need help studying for the GRE? Previous applicants have found this site helpful.


Must successfully pass a basic statistics course with a grade of "C" or better prior to entry into the Master of Public Health program. Go to course equivalency guide

Applicants to the Graduate Certificate program are not required to meet the statistics requirement.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must submit three letters of reference as a part of the application process, using the electronic reference form located in your SOPHAS account . OHSU prefers that applicants submit references from the following:

  • A supervisor
  • An instructor
  • A co-worker or other


Please visit our applying page for detailed application instructions.