Undergraduate Program Public Health Studies: Community Health Promotion

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Public Health Studies: Community Health Promotion Bachelor's Degree and Minor Overview

The OHSU-PSU collaborative School of Public Health is an innovative structure, in which we bring the best of two universities to you. Our design is a product of our innovative spirit and values: we bring that approach to you, working to chart your path into clinical, educational, policy, and direct-service health careers.

With five specialized Health Studies concentrations and two minors, we provide you with specialty training and a core foundation in public health that positions you to excel in the career path you seek.

In our Community Health Education concentration, you will learn the societal, community, and individual-level factors that create risk -- or promote good health -- in populations. In particular, you will build skills to identify and address health disparities across populations, define health problems, and learn to design and implement strategies to promote health in the larger community.

We offer:

  • Tailored, individualized advising and mentorship
  • Expert faculty with extensive research and real-world experience
  • Innovative curricula – we bring the community to you through guest speakers, applied learning activities, and a focus on current issues – all focusing on developing solutions to real-world problems
  • Experiential learning -we bring you to the community through a mentored internship
  • Faculty and career development opportunities from both universities

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health: A great place to make a world of difference.

Degree Details

  • BA
    Bachelor of Arts
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    On campus
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  • BS
    Bachelor of Science
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  • m
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Public Health Studies: Community Health Promotion Bachelor's Degree or Minor: Why OHSU-PSU?

Our two universities, our city, and our state are recognized as national leaders in health exploration, innovation, and community-based partnership.

Our graduates emerge with degrees endorsed by both OHSU and PSU in a field in which demand is growing rapidly.

Your course of study is CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health) accredited and will provide you with the skills necessary to enter into the field of public health/community health, and the sub-discipline you choose.

We also provide a strong foundation and support for those wishing to pursue graduate study.

What can I do with a bachelor's degree or minor in Community Health Promotion?

Many of our alumni continue to graduate school earning an MPH in Health Promotion, Epidemiology, Global Health, or Health Management and Policy.

Recent graduates have been accepted to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, Boston University, Columbia, Oregon State University, University of Washington, and other universities around the country.

With a bachelor’s degree in Health Studies: Community Health, alumni have found work at the state and county health agencies as well as community-based organizations and facilities, including:

  • Health educator
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Research assistant
  • Emergency disaster preparedness specialist
  • Healthcare specialist
  • Health and wellness manager
  • Medical writer
  • Health promotion program coordinator
  • Health inspector
  • Public health information officer
  • Reproductive health specialist
  • Health center administrator
  • Health communications specialist
  • Community Health Worker
  • Legislative policy advisor
  • Health and Wellness Coach

Online Public Health Studies: Community Health Promotion Bachelor's Degree Option

Earn a degree online and build skills you can use your whole life in any career. Designed for students who have completed the first two years of a bachelor's degree, our online program offers a flexible academic structure that you can modify to fit your own interests, schedule, and goals. You will:

  • Work closely with outstanding faculty. You'll take your online courses from the same instructors who teach on our campus.
  • Connect with other students. PSU's easy-to-use online course platform encourages direct interaction among classmates.
  • Take award-winning courses. Our online bachelor’s degree includes core coursework in PSU’s nationally recognized University Studies program.
  • Plug into Portland. No matter where you live, our online programs let you in on Portland's energetic and innovative spirit.

Finish your degree online and develop adaptable skills that employers value in every field. The social science program offers particularly good preparation for careers (and graduate school) in teaching, social work, and counseling.

Featured Courses

  • PHE 250 Our Community: Our Health
  • PHE 350 Health and Health Systems
  • PHE 363 Communicable Diseases and Chronic Health Problems
  • PHE 450 Epidemiology
  • PHE 452U Gender, Race, Class and Health
  • PHE 369 Public Health Law, Policy, and Ethics
  • PHE 443U Environmental Health
  • PHE 444U Global Health
  • PHE 472 Marketing Public Health
  • PHE 478 Program Planning and Evaluation: Needs Assessment and Interventions
  • PHE 479 Program Planning and Evaluation in Health Education: Implementation and Evaluation


  • PHE 325U Nutrition for Health
  • PHE 326U Drug Education
  • PHE 335U Human Sexuality
  • PHE 351U Film and Health
  • PHE 355U Consumer Health Issues
  • PHE 445 Men's Health
  • PHE 446U Community Health Principles and Practices
  • PHE 451 Women and Holistic Health
  • PHE 453 Women's Reproductive Health
  • PHE 456 Health Aspects of Aging
  • PHE 466 Mind/Body Health: Disease Prevention


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Our MPH in Health Management and Policy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). Ours is the only Health Management and Policy program in the state that is CAHME-accredited.

Our school is accredited by the Council for Education In Public Health (CEPH). CEPH is the nationally recognized accrediting body for schools of public health. Its work ensures that schools and programs are meeting the highest standards for education in public health disciplines.

Our Human Lactation program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).