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.

 

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College of Health Professions

Pacific University’s College of Health Professions has been awarded a prestigious $985,752 grant to better serve the mental health and substance use treatment needs of rural and medically underserved patients.

Sign, rattle and ring

Fernando Andres Careaga '17 took his passion for public health to a key role on the front lines of the fight to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Jana Peterson-Besse & student Jessica Knoll

A new study raises awareness about the need for better prenatal healthcare and supports for women with disabilities. This research, from a Pacific University faculty member and an undergraduate student, looked at social media as a source of social support for pregnant women with disabilities.