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What is public health?

Public health prepares students to address lifestyle and health issues in a variety of settings, including work sites, health care facilities, community agencies, schools/universities and government agencies.

Why public health at OSU?

The program takes a holistic approach, exposing students to all areas of wellness. Students get hands-on experience through a required internship within their desired health profession. Recent internship sites include, Georgetown Hospital (Washington, D.C.), Tulsa Health Department (Tulsa, OK), Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores, Inc. (Oklahoma City, OK), Michael Johnson Performance (McKinney, Texas) and Ubuntu Youth Center (South Africa).

Career paths

Degree completion will qualify students for a variety of careers in diverse settings. Graduates provide preventative health services in community, corporate, school or clinical settings.

PreMedThis degree includes

many of the pre-requisite courses needed for health related graduate programs.


Student Spotlight

Omar Ibarra Health Education and Promotion student at OSU

OSU has prepared me for my future... and the faculty and leadership opportunities here at OSU are what showed me and paved the way to where I am today."

- Omar Ibarra
Guymon, Oklahoma

Omar Ibarra graduated in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, option in exercise and health. Ibarra served as president and community service chair for the Hispanic Student Association and was a member of the EHA Ambassadors. In 2017, he was featured in The New York Times articleI Won't Give Up: How First-gen Students See College.


During his senior year, he interned for the human performance company EXOS and was recognized as an OSU Outstanding Senior. He is currently pursing a master's degree in public health with a focus on health policy and management.


Research opportunities

Students have the opportunity to participate in faculty-led research within areas including disease prevention, behavioral interventions, fitness performance, sexual health, substance use/abuse, overall wellness and public health.


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