Public Health undergraduate majors | College of Public Health and Human Sciences

Public health professionals prevent disease and protect and promote health within groups of people, from small communities to entire populations. At our college, public health is integrated in all that we do as we strive to ensure health for every person, every family and every community in Oregon and beyond.

We offer one of the few undergraduate public health programs in the country and are gaining momentum as the first college of public health in Oregon.

Our interdisciplinary approach, research centers and focus on both rural and urban health will enrich your educational experience and position you for beginning your career or continuing your public health education. As a student, you will take an ecological approach to disease prevention, including examining environmental issues, access to health care services, health policies, and social and contextual factors as determinants of health.

If you choose to work in public health, you may implement educational programs, develop policies, administer services, regulate health systems and conduct research. Prevention is at the heart of public health, as compared with clinical health professionals, who primarily focus on treating individuals after they become sick or injured. By working in public health, you will address health disparities and improve healthcare equity, quality and accessibility. You also will have the opportunity to work nationally and internationally on critical health issues, promoting health and preventing disease, disability and death.

As a graduate, you may choose to work in the public or private sector, in government, public health departments, community health agencies or health-related organizations. Other opportunities also are arising in this rapidly expanding field.

Major options

Students in this undergraduate major will choose one of the following major options:

View  online general catalog for courses required of all public health majors

Minor options

A Public Health undergraduate minor is available both on campus and through OSU Ecampus.

Undergraduate research opportunities

If you have an interest in research, you’re in luck. URAP (Undergraduate Research Awards Program) is designed for students across the college’s many disciplines and will expose you both to bench research and the applied social sciences.In addition, the college’s nationally recognized Center for Healthy Aging Research offers opportunities as a LIFE Scholar, in which you work collaboratively with center faculty mentors and graduate students, participate in hands-on, engaging inquiry and create and share new knowledge related to the field of aging. Engaging in these programs will allow you to apply coursework and build your resume to become more competitive in both the job market and for graduate school admissions.

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