Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and Portland State University (PSU) School of Public Health

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Public Health Studies: Healthy Aging

Public Health Studies: Healthy Aging

In our Health Aging concentration, you will learn about the societal, community, and individual-level strategies needed to support our aging population. You will build foundations in gerontology while also acquiring skills in administration and finance, prevention of chronic disease, and health promotion programming, which will position you to enter careers as assisted living or nursing home facilities administrators, long-term care coordinators, health promotion program implementers, or senior health promotion specialists.

Healthy Aging Advising Sheet

Healthy Aging Learning Outcomes

Students in the Healthy Aging track will learn to:

Identify the physiological and psychological health issues of aging.
Demonstrate an understanding of the social and economic aspects of aging.
Apply knowledge of aging to the administration of aging services and long-term care programs.
Demonstrate the ability to incorporate sound business principles and practices in the administration of aging services and long-term care programs

Healthy Aging Careers

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

Senior Move Manager
Senior Center Activity Director
Assisted Living Manager
Adult Day Care
Disability Management Specialist
Geriatric Care Manager
Hospice
Information and Referral Specialist
Meal Site Management (Meals on Wheels)
Program Director
Volunteer Administration
Elder Law
Many of our alumni also continue to graduate school, earning an MPH in Health Promotion and Health Care Administration, or a graduate certificate in Gerontology.

Recent graduates have been accepted into the graduate programs at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, Boston University, Columbia, Oregon State University, University of Washington and other universities around the country.