College of Public Health and Human Sciences faculty members – who are accomplished researchers, authors and presenters – actively engage in research with students to improve the lives, health and environment of people and their communities.

FY 2015 Research Update

Faculty in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences received $18,754,233 in awards, grants and contracts during FY '15.

We increased the number of grant applications from 122 in FY '14 to 141 in FY '15. Below are examples of newly awarded research projects that reflect our values and commitment to embracing innovative approaches, conducting community-based research with diverse populations, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and integrating students. These projects will impact population health in communities across Oregon and beyond.
Significant grants in 2015 include:

  • PURE-AIR: A Global Assessment of Air Pollution and Cardiopulmonary Disease, a $1,669,859 study led by PI and Assistant Professor Perry Hystad, is funded by the NIH.
  • Developmental Exposure to Arsenic and Immune Function in Children, a $1.7 million study led by PI and Assistant Professor Molly Kile, is funded by NIH/NIEHS.
  • HIV Self-Testing in African American Young MSM: A Formative Translational Study, a $420,634 grant led by PI and Professor Joe Catania, is funded by NIH/NIMH.
  • Injury Prevention in the West Coast Dungeness Crab Fleet, a $824,330 study led by PI and Assistant Professor Laurel Kincl, is funded by the CDC/NIOSH.
  • Diet and Arsenic Interactions in the Development of Diabetes, a $400,000 study led by PI and Professor Emily Ho, is funded by NIH/NIEHS.
  • Perceptions of New and Emerging Tobacco Products and Use Among African-Americans, a $141,336 study led by PI and Assistant Professor Kari-Lyn Sakuma, is funded by NIH/NCI and FDA/CTP

Research Centers

Our research centers put us at the forefront in creating synergies that drive healthy change across lifespan, socio-economic standing and cultural boundaries.


Get information about upcoming college seminars and watch archived video of select past seminars on our seminar page.

IGERT in Aging Sciences

The Oregon State IGERT in Aging Sciences is an interdisciplinary traineeship, funded, in part, by the National Science Foundation. The program aims to develop a new generation of interdisciplinary scientists with the professional skills to shape the science, products and policies that will optimize function and independence of older adults in our society.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Our college and the university offer multiple paths to engage students in Undergraduate Research in both social science and bench science settings. Engaging in these programs allows students to apply their coursework and build their resumes to become more competitive in both the job market and for graduate school admissions.

Research Labs

The college boasts a wide variety of research laboratory settings.

Grant Proposal Application Resources

The grant proposal application resources page provides resources to support our faculty in developing grant applications.


Synergies online is a news source produced by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

Terra Research Magazine

Terra Research Magazine connects you with the latest findings in energy, Earth systems, natural resources, health, the economy, the arts and the social sciences. View the Terra archive of articles involving the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.