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BSc Public Health Studies – Healthy Aging

In our Public Health Studies – Healthy Aging concentration at Portland State University, you will learn about the societal, community, and individual-level strategies needed to support our aging population.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $29,706 per year
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States) / Blended / Online

The OHSU-PSU collaborative School of Public Health is an innovative structure, in which we bring the best of two universities to you. Our design is a product of our innovative spirit and values: we bring that approach to you, working with you to chart your path into clinical, educational, policy, and direct-service health careers.

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.


With a bachelor degree Public Health Studies – Healthy Aging concentration at Portland State University, 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

Courses Included

  • Nutrition for Health
  • Social Gerontology
  • Families and Aging
  • Business and Aging
  • Health Aspects of Aging
  • Program Planning and Evaluation: Needs Assessment and Interventions
  • Program Planning and Evaluation in Health Education: Implementation and Evaluation