Health Promotion and Health Behavior | Oregon State University

Understand the role of behavioral and social influences on health and disease across the lifespan, with an emphasis on health disparities.

Students learn to

  • recognize and analyze health priorities
  • assess community needs and develop strategies for diverse populations
  • plan, develop, implement and evaluate prevention and intervention programs
  • communicate health risks to mobilize community resources
  • develop, analyze and promote policies that reduce risk and facilitate health

Students will

  • Explore innovative strategies to change behavior, reduce disparities and promote population health.
  • Develop skills in program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Study with internationally recognized faculty in health promotion and health behavior.
  • Conduct research on important public health problems.
  • Enjoy a friendly college town in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
  • Ryan Singh

    Ryan Singh

    PhD student Ryan Singh awarded the Thurgood Marshall Graduate Scholarship for his commitment to underserved communities and to addressing health disparities.

  • Jenny Jackson, PhD

    Jenny Jackson, PhD

    Alumna Jenny Jackson, PhD '15 awarded the Student Leader Award from Oregon State University for her contributions to students, the community and Oregon.

  • Veronica Irvin, PhD

    Veronica Irvin, PhD

    Assistant Professor Veronica Irvin, PhD has broad experience in NIH-funded research in tobacco control, nutrition, physical activity, bone health and cancer screening research.

How To Apply

The Graduate Programs Application page contains instructions for each step of the application process.

Program Handbooks and Competencies

Bachelor Program

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health

    Doctoral Program


    The H510 MPH internship is a 200-hour professional internship where knowledge from coursework is applied in a real-world setting.

    Further Information

    If you have specific questions about the application process, visit the college's Graduate Student Admissions page.

    For academic or professional information specific to the OSU Health Promotion and Health Behavior program, please contact the  program coordinator Peggy Dolcini, PhD.

    Health Promotion and Health Behavior Faculty

    Resources Outside the College