Public Health Undergraduate program

Public Health

Undergraduate program

Hone your passion. Find your purpose.

Corvallis Campus


Improve the lives of others

With an Oregon State bachelor of science degree in public health, you’ll learn about the root causes of health challenges and the complex factors that shape every one of us.

As a public health professional, you'll promote and protect the health of people and communities – where they live, learn, work and play.

Every day you'll ask how you can help improve your community.

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As a public health major at Oregon State, you’ll...

  • Take a holistic look at disease and injury prevention, including environmental issues and health policies.
  • Dive deep into the social determinants of health — the social and environmental conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work and age.
  • Address lifelong health, including health disparities and health equity.
  • Have the opportunity to work locally, nationally and internationally on critical health issues.

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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What is public health?


Sample public health courses

  • Evidence-based health promotion
  • Financial management of health care organizations
  • Health care law and regulation
  • Planning and evaluating health promotion programs
  • Racism and health equity


This major option is also available 100% online through OSU Ecampus, top-ranked in the nation by 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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What will you do with a public health degree?

Public health is a rapidly changing and expanding field that offers diverse and rewarding career options. 250,000+ public health workers are needed to meet the world’s current needs.

Study public health for careers in:

* These roles may require post-baccalaureate/graduate/professional education to qualify.

Health management and policy

  • Health care administrator
  • Health clinic manager
  • Health communication specialist
  • Long-term care administrator*
  • Policy analyst
  • Public health department administrator
  • International health worker
  • State health department manager

Health promotion and health behavior

  • Certified health educator*
  • Community health worker*
  • College/university health educator*
  • Epidemiologist*
  • Environmental health specialist*
  • Global health educator*
  • Grant writer/evaluation consultant*
  • Health promotion agency director*
  • Media advocacy specialist
  • Patient navigator
  • Worksite health promotion specialist/assistant

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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Emily Burney

Emily Burney, '18

"I had never heard of public health before, but learning about the myriad of ways in which public health work impacts our lives made me want to learn more, so I could work to make others’ lives better in the future."

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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.



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.