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Welcome to the College of Urban & Public Affairs

Welcome to the College of Urban & Public Affairs
Unique among U.S. colleges, CUPA joins three cornerstone disciplines of contemporary life — urban studies, community health and government — under one roof.

Cutting edge graduate programs

Cutting edge graduate programs
From public policy to urban planning, criminology to community health, CUPA offers some of the most sought-after graduate degrees in the country.

How green is your city?

How green is your city?
The link between urban trees and human health is becoming stronger every day. Now, a group of researchers from PSU have developed a Web tool—the Trees and Health APP—to help cities understand which neighborhoods could benefit the most from more trees.
From across the globe or as near as the Northwest, students choose the College of Urban and Public Affairs at PSU for the chance to learn in a dynamic environment of cooperation, collaboration and community engagement in the bustling city center of Portland, Oregon. Actively connected to local and regional governments, nonprofit organizations and associations, our programs encourage students to imagine original solutions to modern challenges and to implement them in real-time through hands-on internships and experiential classrooms. Upon graduation, our students are equipped to improve the livability of their communities.

Our Programs

Within CUPA are three schools: Government; Urban Studies & Planning; Community Health. While degree programs, faculty members and research institutions are associated with individual schools, all work together for a multidisciplinary and customizable education that allows students to tailor their learning to their passions.

“It's easy to say, 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes." ~ Fred Rogers

To position yourself to begin or advance your career in the heroic work of solving community problems, explore the schools of CUPA below.

Community Health

Specialized Undergraduate and Graduate Programs:

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