Public Health

Major, Minor

Study health science, social science and humanistic approaches to addressing global health challenges.

The public health program at Pacific University develops students’ abilities to understand, analyze, problem-solve and communicate effectively in a complex, rapidly changing world. It integrates health science, social science and humanistic approaches to addressing global health challenges.

Students complete a faculty-supervised internship and focus on particular career paths in public health, such as community health, public policy or cross-cultural work. They also build skills for communicating effectively with the public, research community and media; and cultivate the highest ethical standards. Many combine undergraduate public health education with graduate studies in public health or the health professions.

 

Headlines

After working as a dental hygienist in a federal women's prison and then as a special assistant to former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Jessica Scruggs ’09 is now operations director for Murthy's nonprofit startup focused on promoting emotional health. 
Marine veteran and Pacific University public health major Irisa Grimes '17 has created a pilot program to provide better health services for transgender veterans.
Kim Stanton '16 is a public health major who wants to return to a rural community like the one she grew up in and change the future for tomorrow's youth.