Learning Outcomes | Public Health

After Pacific | Public health graduates are prepared for careers in health departments, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, universities, disaster relief organizations, international nongovernmental organizations and local, state and federal agencies, among other options.

Many pursue advanced degrees, including those at Pacific University's College of Heath Professions.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Describe interconnected relationships among physical, social, and environmental aspects of health and disease.
  • Appreciate the role of multiple determinants of health across diverse populations and health issues.
  • Identify social injustices and propose strategies for change.
  • Understand and communicate using public health terminology, including epidemiological measures.
  • Interpret quantitative and qualitative information about population health.
  • Synthesize information from a variety of sources to understand and act upon population health problems.

Program Purpose

The mission of the public health program is to develop educated global citizens through an interdisciplinary education rooted in the liberal arts and connected with contemporary public health practice. The curriculum challenges students to understand the intellectual meaning and practical implications of the broad array of influences on population health, emphasizing the social foundations of health.