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.


Katie Anthony
Internship lands CPHHS student her dream job at Intel. During her internship, she conducted her dissertation research on remote health monitoring among Latino heart failure patients and their informal caregivers. Read more.

Tony Lapiz, MPH
Alumnus Tony Lapiz '17 didn’t know much about the public health profession, but he knew he wanted to improve community health through policy. Read more.

Kari-Lyn Sakuma, Ph.D., MPH
Kari-Lyn Sakuma’s research looks at how new and emerging tobacco products are impacting African American youth and young adults. Read more.

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 director Peggy Dolcini, Ph.D..


    Health Promotion and Health Behavior Faculty


    Resources Outside the College