Portland, Oregon is ranked as one of the nation’s fittest (Fittest City in America, Men's Fitness 2014) and most livable cities (America's Best City, Movoto 2013), and Portland State University, located in Portland’s active urban core, has extensive community partnerships. Through coursework and community-based experiences, students learn to address factors in the broader social, economic, policy, and and built environments to improve the health of populations. Students are encouraged to live their passion for physical and mental wellness by participating in the diverse classes and activities offered by PSU's Physical Education program. These opportunities, combined with expert faculty, offer students of the School of Community Health a one-of-a-kind educational experience.
Undergraduate, graduate, certificate and doctorate students in the School of Health enjoy rigorous interdisciplinary studies, engaging areas of concentration, experiential learning and diverse, high-quality internships and go on to begin or advance their careers in disease prevention, health education, physical fitness, elder care, health policy, medicine and more.
We believe that a healthy lifestyle is not only the result of individual healthy choices, but also a result of the environment and community that surround us. To that end, the School of Community Health engages in interdisciplinary activities that work toward influencing health behaviors through modification of lifestyles and changes to the environment. Browse the categories below to find the degree program that’s the right fit for you.
The undergraduate degree program allows students to:
- Prepare for entry-level careers in health education.
- Seek admission into professional programs in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, or occupational therapy.
- Study the physiological and programmatic aspects of exercise, nutrition fitness, and physical activity.
- Teach health education within a public or private school setting.
- Develop or enhance a career in aging services, or community- or institutionally-based long-term care.
The School of Community Health offers graduate degrees in:
- Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Promotion
- Master of Arts/Master of Science degree in Health Studies
- A dual degree program combining a Master of Public Health and Master of Urban and Regional Planning.
- A dual degree program combining a Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work.
The Ph.D. in Community Health supplies students with intensive training in community-engaged public health and advanced research methods.
There are three areas of emphasis that reflect faculty expertise and our unique placement within the College of Urban and Public Affairs:
- Social and behavioral health,
- Aging and health, and
- Urban health.