• Students volunteering at community showers
  • Public health students visiting the Oregon State Capitol
  • Willamette students

Public Health

Our Health Ethics, Advocacy, and Leadership program will empower you to improve lives and build healthy communities.

Programs Offered: Major, Minor

When you study public health at Willamette, you’ll address complex 21-century challenges like disease prevention, access to care and environmental health – issues that affect us all. You’ll also have a chance to turn knowledge into action while you’re earning your bachelor’s degree.

Our students have collaborated with communities and Salem-area partners to investigate vaccine coverage, food security and the possible carcinogenic effects of a common sunscreen ingredient. They’ve worked with professors in advanced labs, presented their research at conferences and published their findings in scientific journals. So can you.

Along the way, you’ll have opportunities for graduate-level coursework in health law and management that can’t be found at any other private liberal arts university in the Pacific Northwest. Wherever your career path leads, you’ll have the breadth and depth of knowledge you need to create positive change.

Lisa Oakley

‘Disease detective’ alumna works at the front lines of COVID-19

Lisa Oakley ’04, a philosophy and pre-health program graduate, was selected for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's elite Epidemic Intelligence Service.

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Anna Ayala '19

Promoting a healthy future

Aspiring physician Anna Ayala ’19 wants to make an impact at the individual and policy levels.

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