Health Promotion and Health Behavior

Undergraduate Program

Understand the role of behavioral and social influences on health and disease across the lifespan, with an emphasis on health disparities.

This major option will prepare you for many career opportunities in the areas of public health promotion, health behavior and disease prevention. You will learn a variety of skills and strategies that will provide you with the necessary proficiencies to improve population health in diverse settings.

Upon graduation, you will be qualified to assist with planning, implementing and evaluating programs that address health disparities and that are intended to improve the health of diverse populations.

Jeremiah Allen, BS '15, thinks everyone should get a degree in public health.

He chose to go after the health promotion and health behavior option, and today it's helping his work as a social change agent.

What is public health?

Public health professionals promote and protect the health of people and communities – where they live, learn, work and play. The ways in which they do that are as unique as the professionals themselves. See "What is public health?" for details.



Future Students

Visit Undergraduate Academic Advising to pursue this program.


Current Students

Courses offered

Use the OSU academic catalog to view courses offered in the program.


Course requirements

Use an option sheet (pdf) to track your progress in completing course requirements.


Sample Degree Maps

Degree maps are guides to give students an idea of which classes they may take and when. These samples are intended for information purposes only. Students should consult with their academic advisor to create a personalized degree plan.
Public Health Sample Degree Map (pdf)


Academic advising

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Additional resources