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OEHN Degrees

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is designed for students with an interest in population health and program administration who are considering careers in industry, health services or the insurance industry. Students are admitted to the School of Public Health’s Environmental Health major. Requirements for this degree generally take two years of full-time study to complete.

The Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degree is for students interested in a career focused on research and graduate education. It is designed to bring students to a high level of academic competence through advanced course work and research. Post-master’s level course work emphasizes the statistical and analytic methods required to conduct original research, such as epidemiology and biostatistics, and classes specific to the student’s dissertation topic. The program generally takes a minimum of three years of full-time study to complete after completing the equivalent of the masters’ level occupational and environmental health nursing course work. Students develop their dissertation topics from ongoing research projects, their own ideas or in association with their employment.


Individuals must have at least one year of professional experience as a registered nurse, be licensed to practice as a registered nurse in the United States, and have successfully completed a baccalaureate degree in nursing or a related field. Additionally, candidates must have earned strong scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and provide three letters of recommendation.

Application Deadline
We prefer applicants to enter the program and begin coursework in fall semester which entails having submitted all application materials the preceding April. However, applicants may enter spring semester (starting classes in mid-January) if their circumstances preclude a fall admission.

Catherine Grave, PhD, MPH (OEHN Program) and Ryan Klien, MS, PhD (OHSRP Program) celebrate their graduation, May 2016.
Catherine Grave, PhD, MPH (OEHN Program) and Ryan Klien, MS, PhD (OHSRP Program) celebrate their graduation, May 2016. Catherine is an Associate Professor of Nursing, St Catherine's University, St. Paul. Minnesota and Ryan is a Senior Analyst, Senior Analyst at Abt Associates, Washington DC.