Public Administration

650 Urban Center


The Division of Public Administration offers a variety of programs to meet the educational needs of public service professionals. Mid-career managers and those intending such careers in federal, state, and local government; not-for profit agencies; and hospitals and other health care organizations are attracted to both undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the division because of the quality of the faculty, the reputation of the programs, and the convenience of course scheduling. In addition to its own faculty and course offerings, the Division of Public Administration draws upon faculty and courses from other departments and schools, such as political science, economics, criminology and criminal justice, urban studies and planning, gerontology, and community health. Adjunct faculty with appropriate academic credentials and significant professional experience in government, nonprofit, and health organizations also contribute to the division.

The Division of Public Administration admits students with undergraduate degrees in a variety of social sciences, as well as in business, the humanities, and sciences. It accepts both full- and part-time students, who have had substantial governmental and nonprofit experience, and who have little or no professional experience. To accommodate students who are currently working, the division offers sections of all required courses in the evenings or late afternoons or in intensive weekend formats.


The Master of Public Administration, the Master of Public Administration: Health Administration and the Executive Master of Public Administration degrees are accredited by NASPAA (the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration). The Master of Public Health degree is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The Master of Public Administration: Health Administration and the Master of Public Health: Health Management and Policy degrees are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Management Education (CAHME).

Cooperative degree program in public health

The Division of Public Administration, along with the School of Community Health, College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University, collaborates with Oregon Health & Science University in offering the Oregon Master of Public Health degree. Coursework can be taken at any one of the participating institutions. The two universities jointly administer the M.P.H. degree program.

Doctoral students

See the graduate program under the Hatfield School of Government for details on the Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs and Policy and the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Systems and Policy.