Broadly study how to protect the health and well-being of people and communities.
Promote individual health behaviors by recommending best practices, prevent future
illness by advocating for health screenings and protect the community by establishing
minimum safety standards or regulations. With a large-scale perspective, public health
focuses on local, national and global communities.
Why public health at OSU?
The public health program uses a social justice framework to develop competent and
diverse health professionals. You can choose between two major options to fit your
career goals: community health or exercise and health. Develop a broad range of transferable skills like problem solving, leadership, cultural
competency, teamwork, ethics and effective communication. These skills equip you for
employment upon graduation or prepare you for further study in a variety of academic
areas. Complete most prerequisite requirements (as degree electives) needed for graduate
or professional school, including medical school. Courses available on the OSU-Stillwater
and OSU-Tulsa campuses.
Develop the knowledge and skills to understand the multi-faceted nature of health
issues, build community engagement, empower afflicted populations and facilitate problem
solving with research-based strategies. The program's broad health and wellness curriculum
prepares graduates to develop and implement preventative health services in community,
corporate or clinical settings as well as pursue professional education in public
health, healthcare administration, counseling and psychology and medical and allied
health fields. Curriculum also provides preparation for the Certified Health Education Specialist
(CHES) professional exam.
Exercise and Health
Incorporate comprehensive health knowledge into total wellness plans that help others
enact healthy living choices. Graduates are well-prepared with the science-based insight
and skills needed to enter careers as corporate wellness officers, trainers, lifestyle
coaches or public health professionals or to pursue further professional study in
chiropractic, allopathic or osteopathic medicine, athletic training, physical and
occupational therapy or other allied health fields. Curriculum also provides preparation for professional certification exams to become
Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES), exercise physiologists and group exercise instructors.
“I chose public health because I believe that health is a human right. I
want to be able to help people by preventing problems before they start. But, I also
wanted to help people achieve their health goals by thinking beyond the individual
and thinking about the community as a whole.”