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This page is for residential (e.g. MPH, MPP, MS) and non-degree (e.g. executive education) students. 

Course Enrollment Instructions for Residential Students

Prior to Adding an OOMPH Course:

  • First, check the Program Calendar to confirm the course start date. Some courses begin *prior to campus courses*. Some courses begin mid-semester.
  • Keep in mind that the *add date* is the Friday prior to the start of the course.
  • OOMPH 101 must be completed prior to requesting an add code, but you can take the tutorial at any time. It’s a good idea to take the tutorial right away if you think you might want to enroll in an OOMPH course in the future. Your. record of completion will stay valid for several years. This tutorial is outside the CalNet suite. You will need to create a new account rather than logging in with your CalNet ID. 

Steps to Add an OOMPH Course:

  1. Students should first contact their Program Manager or Advisor to determine if the OOMPH course is aligned with their unit load, program requirements and academic & professional goals.
  2. Complete the OOMPH 101 tutorial
  3. Check the Class Schedule to see if seats are available
  4. Complete the OOMPH Permission Number Request form
  5. At the beginning of the Phase 2 enrollment period (Fall/Spring), students will either receive a permission number or a reason why one was not generated (e.g. no available seats, request not approved).
  6. If a permission number is received, enroll in the requested OOMPH course no later than the Friday before the first day of instruction.

Steps to Drop an OOMPH Course (after the start of instruction):

Note: the last day to drop an OOMPH course is five days after the start of instruction.

  1. After the start of instruction, students must first request approval to drop from the instructor. 
  2. Once approved, students need to complete the OOMPH Petition to Change Class Schedule for processing of the drop request.

Related Policies:

  • To be eligible to enroll in an OOMPH course, a student must:
    • be in good academic standing (3.0 and above)
    • have no more than two courses graded incomplete
  • Permission numbers are required for all non-OOMPH students adding an OOMPH course, except when reserve capacity has been added.  Reserve capacity for BPH residential masters students has been set up for the following courses:
      • PHW212 Foundations of Global Health
      • PHW220M Health Policy Methods
      • PHW226A Health Economics
      • PHW224 Organizational Behavior & Management in Health Care
      • PHW250B Epidemiologic Methods II
      • PH252C Intervention Trial Design
      • PHW222A Health Care Technology Policy
      • PHW226C Economics of Population Health
      • PHW226F Cost Effectiveness Analysis
      • PHW227A Health Care Finance
      • PHW252A Intro to Causal Inference for Public Health Professionals
  • Non-OOMPH students must complete the OOMPH 101 Tutorial (only once per student) before permission numbers can be assigned
  • Permission numbers will not be made available until the Phase 2 enrollment period
  • Approval from the BPH Dean of Students is required for BPH students to take OOMPH Breadth Courses
  • Approval from students’ Division is required for concentration requirements
  • Add Deadline for non-OOMPH Students: Friday before first day of instruction
  • Drop Deadline for non-OOMPH Students: 5 days after first day of instruction
  • Undergraduate students are not allowed to enroll in OOMPH courses

If you have any questions or concerns about course enrollment, please email

Understanding the online experience

Online learning is a great opportunity to customize one’s academic program around individual life needs, as well as connect with public health professionals globally. To be successful in the online environment, though, students must be prepared for an accelerated and demanding learning experience, with strict deadlines. Online students will work closely with group members in discussion forums and on term projects.

All students must complete the OOMPH 101 tutorial prior to enrolling in an OOMPH course. Students may enroll in OOMPH 101 at any time by clicking here and selecting “enroll.” There is no fee. Students only need to complete the tutorial once.

This tutorial course is divided into two parts, as follows, and both parts must be complete.

  1. Introduction to Online MPH: video & quizzes
  2. OOMPH Registration Policies: video & quiz

Pace, Workload, and Deadlines

Online MPH courses range in length from six to eight weeks of instruction with an additional proctored exam week. Note that some courses have a proctored midterm overlapping one of the instructional weeks.

Students can work at the time of day most convenient for them and are not ever required to be online at a specific time (though courses offer optional real-time office hours and other learning opportunities).  Online MPH courses are not self-paced. Students must adhere to structured schedules and strict deadlines.

In general, students have the weekend to work on assignments with final deliverables due the following Monday at midnight. However, many discussion forum activities have deadlines earlier in the week, so students are advised to plan accordingly.

Group Projects and Discussion Forums

As in the field of public health, team collaboration is a significant component of online MPH courses. Most courses include a group project due at the end of the term. Please check course syllabi to determine if the course includes a group project. Enrolling in a class with a group project signifies a commitment to working with the team throughout the term. Students have access to various digital tools to facilitate team collaboration. All courses involve discussion forum activities which require a first-level post and a peer response due at different times throughout the week. These deadlines are not optional.

Course Navigation

OOMPH courses follow a standard navigation scheme that differs from what campus students are accustomed to seeing in bCourses. Students who take more than one online course will appreciate the standardization of design. However, prior to taking the first online course, students will be required to complete an orientation that will introduce them to the course structure. Completing the orientation requires passing a quiz indicating an understanding of course navigation, layout of learning materials, and ability to identify weekly expectations and assignment deadlines.