Health Promotion and Health Behavior Undergraduate Program

Health Promotion and Health Behavior

Undergraduate Program

Dig deep into the behavioral and social influences on health and disease

Corvallis Campus


Study how to improve the health of our communities

Learn about the social and behavioral determinants of health and disease across every life stage.

Help dismantle health disparities in Oregon and beyond.

As a health promotion and health behavior student, you have the chance to create a healthier, more equitable world.

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Sample health promotion and health behavior option courses

  • Evidence-based health promotion
  • Health field experiences
  • Planning and evaluating health promotion programs

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With the health promotion and health behavior major option, you’ll

  • Learn how to improve population health in diverse settings.
  • Assist with programs that address health disparities and are intended to improve the health of diverse populations.
  • Be prepared for many career opportunities in the areas of public health promotion, health behavior and disease prevention.


Study health promotion and health behavior online

This major option is also available 100% online through OSU Ecampus, consistently ranked among the nation's 10 best providers of online education according to U.S. News & World Report

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public health internship

Public health undergrad internship

Your internship can be completed in a variety of public health settings, including local health departments, federal governments, OSU Extension Service, international settings, nonprofit organizations such as schools, local shelters, clinics, hospitals, and other sites based on each student's own professional goals.

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Careers in health promotion and health behavior

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics reports that employment in the health promotion and health behavior field is projected to grow 11% from 2018 to 2028.

This growth is driven by the mission of instilling healthy behaviors in individuals and facilitating their access to necessary health care services.

Start with health promotion and health behavior to become:

*May require additional education and/or training.

  • Certified health education specialist*
  • Community health worker*
  • College/university health educator*
  • Grant writer/evaluation consultant*
  • Health promotion agency director*
  • Media advocacy specialist
  • Patient navigator
Jordan Trippett

Jordan Trippett, HPHB ‘22

“Jordan is a leader among her peers, developing a platform called Public Health Discord, a place for public health students to share resources at OSU,” says Karen Elliot, College of Health’s public health undergraduate internship coordinator.

Read more about Jordan


From public health to medical school

Earn a bachelor’s degree in public health while setting yourself up for success in medical school.

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accelerated HPHB masters program

Your path to a Master of Public Health degree

Start earning your MPH as an undergraduate student

If you’re an Oregon State undergraduate student, you may be eligible for the accelerated graduate program in health promotion and health behavior.

Explore other public health degree options

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Peer advisors

If you have questions regarding classes, student clubs or campus, our peer advisors would love to chat. Call or email them for advice.

 Mikaela Swaim

Mikaela Swaim

Student Outreach and Support Coordinator

For questions about the program, application process or requirements, contact our  COH recruitment team.

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Our BS, MPH and PhD Public Health programs are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. This distinction ensures your education meets the nationally agreed-upon standards developed by public health academics and practitioners.