Undergraduate Program Public Health Studies: Healthy Aging

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Public Health Studies: Healthy Aging 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 with you 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 Aging Services concentration, you will learn about the societal, community, and individual-level strategies needed to support our aging population. You will build foundations in gerontology while also acquiring skills in administration and finance, prevention of chronic disease, and health promotion programming, which will position you to enter careers as assisted living or nursing home facilities administrators, long-term care coordinators, health promotion program implementers, or senior health promotion specialists.

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

Public Health Studies: Healthy Aging Bachelor's Degree or Minor: Why OSHU-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 Healthy Aging?

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

  • Senior Move Manager
  • Senior Center Activity Director
  • Assisted Living Manager
  • Adult Day Care
  • Disability Management Specialist
  • Geriatric Care Manager
  • Hospice
  • Information and Referral Specialist
  • Meal Site Management (Meals on Wheels)
  • Program Director
  • Volunteer Administration
  • Elder Law

Many of our alumni also continue to graduate school, earning an MPH in Health Promotion and Health Care Administration, or a graduate certificate in Gerontology.

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.

Online Public Health Studies: Healthy Aging 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 in to 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 325U Nutrition for Health
  • PHE 354U Social Gerontology
  • PHE 416 Families and Aging
  • PHE 423 Business and Aging
  • PHE 456 Health Aspects of Aging
  • PHE 478 Program Planning and Evaluation: Needs Assessment and Interventions
  • PHE 479 Program Planning and Evaluation in Health Education: Implementation and Evaluation

Choose one of the following:

  • PHE 328 Health and Housing Across the Life Course
  • PHE 369 Public Health Law, Policy and Ethics
  • PSY 462 Psychology of Adult Development and Aging
  • SOC 469 Sociology of Aging

Choose one of the following:

  • BA 306U Essentials of Finance for Non-Business Majors
  • BA 316U Essentials of Marketing for Non-Business Majors
  • BA 326U Essentials of Management for Non-Business Majors


  • EC 316U Introduction to Health Care Economics
  • PHE 328U Health and Housing Across the Life Course
  • PHE 369 Public Health Law, Policy, and Ethics
  • PHE 445 Men's Health
  • PHL 313U Life and Death Issues
  • PSY 462 Psychology of Adult Development and Aging
  • SOC 459 Sociology of Health and Medicine
  • SOC 469 Sociology of Aging
  • SW 301U Introduction to Social Work


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).