Public Health

Undergraduate program

Hone your passion. Find your purpose.

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Improve the lives of others

Public health is a field where passion meets purpose. 

As a public health student, you’ll learn about the root causes of health challenges and the complex factors that shape every one of us.

What health challenge will you solve?

As a public health major at Oregon State, you’ll...

  • Take a holistic look at disease and injury prevention, including environmental issues, health policies and social determinants of health.
  • Take a deep dive into the social determinants of health — the social and environmental conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work and age.  
  • Address health across the lifespan, health disparities and health equity.  
  • Have the opportunity to work locally, nationally and internationally on critical health issues.

What is public health?

Public health professionals promote and protect the health of people and communities – where they live, learn, work and play. The ways in which they do that are as unique as the professionals themselves.

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CPHHS is the first accredited school of public health in Oregon


This major option is also available 100% online through OSU Ecampus, ranked No. 4 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.


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Emily Burney, '18

"I had never heard of public health before, but learning about the myriad of ways in which public health work impacts our lives made me want to learn more, so I could work to make others’ lives better in the future."

Come here for pre-med, nursing or allied health

The College of Public Health and Human Sciences is a great place to start your pre-med or pre-health journey.

All of our majors are well-suited to provide you with a unique background and perspective. Choose the major that interests you and inspires you!

Once you’re here, meet with our pre-med advisor to make sure you’re on the right track.

See how current students are supported on their path to pre-med or pre-health professions.