OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Undergraduate Programs

Earn your degree from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. A great place to make a world of difference.

Two of Oregon’s leading universities have joined forces to train the next generation of public health leaders. The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health focuses on community-engaged learning and scholarship that puts the student and researcher out in the world, in real communities. With our students, we work to find enduring and sustainable solutions to today’s public health problems, and are committed to educating students of all backgrounds who want to enter the public health field and improve lives in their communities. 
Our faculty and students work to improve public health in communities throughout Oregon, and beyond. PSU and OHSU have an established network of local and regional partners, including clinics, governmental agencies and nonprofit agencies. This offers students a wealth of opportunity for internships, hands-on learning and contacts for future employment. Undergraduate programs are offered though PSU and graduate programs are offered through OHSU. 

Undergraduate Programs

Applied Health and Fitness
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health offers the Applied Health and Fitness major for students with interests in physical activity and exercise. A background in the basic sciences--including introductory biology/human anatomy and physiology—is critical for understanding the mechanisms through which many physical activity and exercise interventions operate. It is therefore important for students interested in the role of physical activity and exercise on health to be prepared to learn about scientifically sound principles that are based on physiology as well as policy. Careers associated with this major typically include health clubs, sports-related organizations, corporate wellness facilities , government health departments, and teaching physical education within a public or private school setting. Alumni have found opportunities with the following employers: Adidas, 24 Hours Fitness, LA Fitness, The Multnomah Athletic Club, Quality Health Solutions, Fred Meyer Wellness program, various positions within Parks and Recreation, and more. 

Public Health Studies  
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Four concentration areas: Community Health Education, Health Sciences, School Health, Aging Services. We also offer two undergraduate minors: Community Health and Aging Services.

Public Health Studies: Community Health Promotion
This area of study is for those students who want to pursue careers in community health promotion and disease prevention. It blends public health and related research with a range of strategies such as community organizing, behavior change, public education, and policy development to help create healthy environments. Health educators seek both to aid in the voluntary selection of healthy behavior patterns by individuals, and to encourage the development of environmental conditions that support good health. Alumni have found opportunities with the following employers: state and county health agencies, Evolution Healthcare and Fitness, not for profits including Central City Concern, IRCO, Planned Parenthood, Outside In, and others. 

Public Health Studies: Clinical Health Sciences
The health sciences concentration provides students seeking admittance into professional programs such as: pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-dental hygiene, pre-medical laboratory science, pre-physical therapy, pre- occupational therapy, pre-chiropractic medicine, pre-nursing, pre-naturopathic medicine, pre-optometry, pre- pharmacy, pre-physician assistant, lactation education, pre-radiation therapy, or adviser approved option. Alumni have gone on to pursue pre-professional health programs at the following schools: Linfield, OHSU, Pacific University, Concordia, George Fox, Bastyr, University of Western States, Northwest University of Natural Medicine, Creighton University, various State of New York University campuses, and more. 

Public Health Studies: School Health Education
The school health concentration is designed for students interested in teaching health education within a secondary (middle or high school) public or private school setting. It is advantageous to also consider adding the physical education content area in addition to health education. Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree, students are eligible to apply to the fifth-year Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) or Secondary Dual Education Program (SDEP) in the Graduate School of Education at PSU. After completion of GTEP or SDEP, students will be certified to teach in the state of Oregon and alumni have found employment in local area school districts. 

Public Health Studies: Healthy Aging
The aging services concentration is designed for individuals who wish to develop or enhance a career related to aging services, including such services as senior health promotion and case management, and community- or institutionally-based long-term care. Students who complete the coursework required for the concentration will possess a basic understanding of gerontology with particular skills in administration and finance, chronic disease, and health promotion. This program also will enhance the skills of students planning to enroll in industry-provided training to become administrators of assisted living and residential care facilities or nursing homes. Alumni have found opportunities with the following areas of employment: hospice care, nursing homes, not for profits, and assisted living facilities. 

Pubic Health Studies: Health Administration Services
In our Health Services Administration concentration, you will learn the policy, organizational, administrative, and financial foundations for health care systems and health services delivery.  Our graduates are ready to enter the workforce in hospital or health provider administration, as project managers, and as patient support and health policy advocates.

Undergraduate Certificate in Human Lactation
The undergraduate certificate in Human Lactation offers comprehensive lactation training for:

  • Students who want to improve their lactation skills.
  • Non-health professionals who want to become certified as International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC).
  • Health professionals who want to become certified as International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC).
  • Students wishing to seek a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences.
  • Students interested in politics, policy and research from the perspective of improving maternal and infant health outcomes.
  • Completion of the Lactation Pathway enables students to sit for the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) exam. IBCLC designation enables students to provide advanced practice clinical lactation care for families in a variety of settings.

Academic Advising

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health’s multidisciplinary social science programs provide students with the opportunity to customize a focus of study and to create a trajectory toward careers of interest in the health field.

You can schedule an appointment online with an undergraduate advisor or by calling 503-725-4401.