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About the School of Community Health

At the School of Community Health, we prepare and inspire our students to improve the livability of their communities.

Our Mission

We are proud of the Portland State University motto, “let knowledge serve the city” and our long-standing commitment to community health in the region and abroad. In the School of Community Health 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.

Our School

The Community Health track is an interdisciplinary course of study providing students with specialized training in public health promotion. 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. In this track, students build, practice and research skills for population-level intervention, including program development, implementation and evaluation. The curriculum further offers opportunities to focus on health across the lifespan. Graduates of the Community Health track will be able to effectively recognize and assess health disparities, promote health equity, and mobilize resources for social change.

Programs of Study

Our programs emphasize teamwork, community outreach and collaboration among all members of society. Our students are challenged with engaged faculty who bring lifetime experiences into the classroom. Our faculty members serve on national accreditation boards, public health advisory groups, and professional organizations, as well as holding leadership positions in international public health institutions. We also take great pride on the diverse, high-quality internship opportunities available to students in every discipline

We offer a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in health studies, a minor in community health, a Master of Science/Master of Arts in health studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. We also offer a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion as part of the Oregon Master of Public Health program. The M.P.H. is a collaborative degree amongst Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University. There is also collaboration with our other partner schools in the College of Urban and Public Affairs.

We invite you to use these pages to become better acquainted with the School of Community Health. I think you will find Portland State University to be the best urban university that engages in community service throughout its academic undertaking. These opportunities will enrich your life and enhance your future job opportunities. Come and experience the Portland State University tradition of service, excellence, and success.