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?
Choose from 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, facilitate problem
solving with research-based strategies and develop and implement preventative health
services in diverse settings. Curriculum also provides preparation for the Certified
Health Education Specialist (CHES) professional exam.
Exercise and Health
Gain a deeper understanding of the science of exercise as a healthy behavior. 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.”