We are building genuine partnerships across disciplines, rooted in purpose, common goals and deep community involvement.
When we refer to integrated health, we’re talking about building genuine partnerships across disciplines, rooted in purpose and common goals.
When health care takes an approach that isn’t founded on the principles of integrated health, we are treating a symptom, not solving a problem.
Integrated health is an effort to promote health and well-being through consideration of all of the components that affect human and environmental health. Given that health involves a variety of factors (psychological, biological, environmental, social, communal, environmental, economic and more), this approach requires extensive collaboration across disciplines — a hallmark of Oregon State University, where we recognize human health is inextricably linked to the health of the planet and the health of the society.
An integrated health approach results in extraordinary changes across an entire community, including improved access to services; fewer unnecessary hospitalizations and readmissions; better adherence to treatment; increased patient satisfaction, health literacy and self-care; and greater job satisfaction for health workers.
By training the next generation of public health and human science professionals to approach health this way, the college will revolutionize health in the United States and around the world.