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We're bringing our top-ranked online bachelor’s program in Human Development and Family Sciences to you.
Prefer to live and work in the city? Want to learn online but also have face time with faculty? You’re in luck.
Our Human Development and Family Sciences bachelor’s degree is available in Portland, combining the flexibility of online course work with the face-to-face connection and support of our world-class faculty. While you still have the option of earning a nationally ranked HDFS degree 100 percent online, you now have access to in-person class sessions with our faculty and students at OSU’s new location near Pioneer Square.
In addition, it provides a pathway to earning a master’s degree in public health by offering three courses that are part of our new MPH online degree program.
If you’re a former Marylhurst student, check the full list of Marylhurst courses that transfer to Oregon State.
Portland Community College students, check out our 2+2 Transfer Plan (pdf) if you're interested in the Portland hybrid program..
This hybrid program, delivered through nationally ranked Oregon State Ecampus, provides the current knowledge, practical skills and opportunities for hands-on experience you need to excel in a field dedicated to improving the human condition by learning about optimal development over the lifespan, intervention and prevention skills, helping people access resources, and advocating for changes in the systems that affect the lives of those in need. This major also prepares students for future graduate work in Human Development and Family Sciences, Public Health, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work and other social sciences.
Diverse careers are available to HDFS graduates, including teaching in early childhood, social service casework, counseling, long-term care positions, child welfare, public administration and many others.
The program will focus on the HDFS General Option already offered on the Corvallis campus, via Ecampus and at OSU-Cascades in Bend. It’s especially beneficial if you’re seeking a related major or minor in areas such as pre-nursing, psychology, sociology, Spanish, public health or education. Minors and additional required elective courses can be obtained online via Ecampus or on campus.
A hybrid course combines face-to-face classroom sessions that emphasize engaged, active learning with online coursework and interaction. For students at the OSU Portland Center, the learning experience includes scheduled, in-person class sessions along with online learning activities that suit your personal schedule. See hybrid course FAQ for more detail and examples. See PDX hybrid courses to see an overview of each course.
Instructor, blogger, author, self-described gero-punk and long-time Portlander Jenny Sasser is set to explore the human experience at the university’s new location near Pioneer Square.
If you apply to the HDFS program in Portland, you must obtain 48 credits of baccalaureate core courses in one of the following ways:
Pathway to a graduate Master’s in Public Health (MPH) for those who want a jump start
For those who choose to continue on for a master’s degree from OSU, you can get a jump start during the time you are completing the B.S. degree. If you’re accepted into the program and meet specific criteria — such as minimum GPA and grades in specific courses — you will be able to apply 9 credits taken as an undergraduate student to the MPH online degree and will not need to separately apply to the MPH program.
You will be able to take three online courses required for the new online MPH degree program. The courses are H 518, Public Health Ethics & Issues (3 credits); H 520 Health Disparities (3 credits); and HHS 597, Global Health Systems (3 credits). These graduate courses can be used as elective credits for the HDFS degree; they do not have prerequisites, and their content is highly relevant for careers in both HDFS and public health.
The College of Public Health and Human Sciences is committed to creating access to excellent education for all students across Oregon and was accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in June 2014. HDFS is consistently ranked in the Top 10 nationwide, and our undergraduate program is currently the fourth largest at OSU, with 1,025 students enrolled in Corvallis, Bend and online.
In addition, our faculty are leaders in the field, with expertise that spans the disciplines necessary to address the social and economic determinants of health, including poverty, housing and homelessness, food insecurity, poverty, and family violence and neglect. We also provide education and experiential learning opportunities to assist and enable personal and family development for optimal health across the lifespan.
This new program benefits you as a student, employers hiring new talent, and your community, which is strengthened by socially responsible workers. There is a critical need for professionals in careers related to schools and helping individuals and families thrive in diverse settings. HDFS prepares you for these positions with courses that focus on families, developmental trajectories, research methods and program evaluation.
If you’re interested in social justice and the online MPH option, you’ll find you’re in demand. According to the National Center for Workforce Analysis (pdf), there is projected to be a large, unmet need for workers associated with health and health care. HDFS students who opt into the accelerated MPH program will be well-positioned for jobs in the state and throughout the United States.