Health Promotion and Health Behavior

Undergraduate Program

 Corvallis   Ecampus

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

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.


This major option is also available 100% online through OSU Ecampus, ranked top 10 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

Jordan Trippett, HPHB ‘22

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.

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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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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.

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David Cortez, MEd

David Cortez, MEd

For questions about the program, application process or requirements, contact our director of student recruitment and admissions, David Cortez, MEd.