Health Promotion and Health Behavior

Ph.D. in Public Health Concentration

Transform knowledge into action and create healthier communities.

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You can address disparities in health

The Oregon State University public health doctoral degree program with a concentration in health promotion and health behavior (HPHB) provides research-based training for an interdisciplinary understanding of social and behavioral influences on health, with special attention to communities experiencing health disparities.

Recent graduates have gone on to prestigious post-doctoral positions, tenure-track faculty positions, and positions in industry and government.

Health promotion and health behavior research

As a doctoral student, you will collaborate with a world-class faculty member on interdisciplinary, community-engaged research spanning a variety of areas, including:

  • Cancer prevention
  • Tobacco
  • Sexual health
  • Environmental factors in health promotion

You will work alongside faculty on funded research studies and participate on manuscripts, conference presentations and grant development.

This work includes dissemination and implementation science research. We are committed to enhancing health equity through our research and practice.

Meet health promotion and health behavior faculty members.

Research in action

CPHHS faculty are working hard to understand the social factors that impact HIV prevention and treatment.

Learn more about this interdisciplinary research.

Your experience as a public health doctoral student

See which courses you’ll take as a public health doctoral student.
Public health handbook

What you’ll learn in the health promotion and health behavior concentration.
Learning competencies

Get information about assistantships, your investment and more.
Fellowships and awards. Tuition and funding.

Doctoral student research spotlight

Sydelle Harrison, MPH
HPHB PhD student

Through her research, Sydelle Harrison aims to identify and address gaps in public health translation at the Tribal level in the Pacific Northwest.

Her current community-based research focuses on investigation of indigenous environmental health priorities and capacity-building with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR).

Meet HPHB doctoral students.

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For questions about the application process and requirements, contact College of Health graduate admissions.


For academic or professional information specific to the health promotion and health behavior doctoral program, please contact program director Kari-Lyn Sakuma, Ph.D., MPH.


In 2014, our college was accredited by the Council for Education in Public Health – the first in Oregon. This distinction provides our students with more resources, more opportunities to engage in research, and faculty experts who specialize in a variety of public health topics.