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Public Health Studies: Community Health Promotion

Public Health Studies: Community Health Promotion

In our Community Health Promotion concentration, you will learn the societal, community, and individual-level factors that create risk — or promote good health — in populations. In particular, you will build skills to identify and address health disparities across populations, define health problems, and learn to design and implement strategies to promote health in the larger community.

Community Health Promotion Advising Sheet



Community Health Promotion Learning Outcomes

Students in the Community Health Promotion track will learn to:

  1. Conduct an ethical analysis of public health interventions, identifying potential ethical concerns and conflicts, and balancing burdens and benefits across populations.
  2. Understand the implications of working with and creating public health policies and interventions for populations typically marginalized by health and social status.
  3. Recognize and describe the importance of marketing and marketing skills in public health work including challenges.
  4. Identify, analyze, and apply tools used for marketing and influencing public health from individual behavior to policy and advocacy.
  5. Discuss the association between population growth and the dissemination of environmental pollutants.
  6. Describe the specific applications of environmental health concepts to fields such as water and air quality, food safety, occupational health, and injury prevention.
  7. Understand public health data collection, use, and analysis, and why evidence based approaches are an essential part of the public health practice.
  8. Identify population health basic processes, approaches, and interventions that address major health related needs and concerns of populations.
  9. Apply fundamental concepts and features of program implementation including planning, assessment and evaluation.

Community Health Promotion Careers

Many of our alumni continue to graduate school earning an MPH in Health Promotion, Epidemiology, Global Health, or Health Management and Policy.

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.

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

  • Health educator
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Research assistant
  • Emergency disaster preparedness specialist
  • Healthcare specialist
  • Health and wellness manager
  • Medical writer
  • Health promotion program coordinator
  • Health inspector
  • Public health information officer
  • Reproductive health specialist
  • Health center administrator
  • Health communications specialist
  • Community Health Worker
  • Legislative policy advisor
  • Health and Wellness Coach