Health Promotion and Health Behavior

Undergraduate Program

Dig deep into the behavioral and social influences on health and disease. Help dismantle health disparities in Oregon and beyond.

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Study how to improve the health of our communities

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

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

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

  • Learn a variety of skills and strategies providing you with the tools to improve population health in diverse settings.
  • Assist with programs that address health disparities and that 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.

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What is public health?

Public health professionals promote and protect the health of people and communities – where they live, learn, work and play.

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This major option is also available 100% online through OSU Ecampus, ranked No. 4 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.


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What will you do with a degree in health promotion and health behavior? 

Advocate for equitable patient care as a community health worker. Help someone get the health care they need as a patient navigator.

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

Job growth is driven by efforts to teach people healthy behaviors and connect them to the health care services they need.


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

Public health major options

Promote and advocate for human health and well-being.

Laura De La Torre

Laura De La Torre
Public health student, TRACE-COVID-19 internship

“I am working with an amazing team with several years of experience in the health field, and I am learning how to manage a team on and off the field."

“I have learned about different public health career paths that I might be interested in, and I learn daily facts about the pandemic and try to stay up-to-date on all the new data.”