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Population Health Management Degree

Population Health Management is the professional field that puts health research into practice, improving the well-being of communities.

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Oregon Tech’s Population Health Management Model

In June of 2014, Oregon Tech launched the nation’s first Bachelor’s training program in Population Health Management (PHM). Created in response to changes in health care legislation, and in support of the new landscape of health in the United States, the program provides rigorous training in the research and development needed to address key population health issues. Oregon Tech’s Population Health Management Program has an academic foundation in medical sociology, which is the formal investigation of social and structural determinants of health. The social science approach to population health signifies an incorporation of the cultural, political, and environmental aspects of health.

The program includes classroom training, applied learning, and community based professional services in these domains:

  1. Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
  2. Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
  3. Grant Funding and Sponsored Projects
With these skills, you can take action in the local community of Klamath Falls while working at the Population Health Management Research Center, where your clients and colleagues are local professionals in the field. By applying sociology to the nation's most pressing health issues in a local, rural environment, you will make a difference.

The center of the action

Through the Research Center, students are given opportunities to collaborate with those in the community and gain valuable, real world experience. See the Student Projects that are making a difference within Southern Oregon!
See what PHM students are working on!

Interdisciplinary, Applied Education

The PHM program curriculum is interdisciplinary, and students benefit from training in psychology, health informatics, management, marketing, ethics, and health sciences. The cornerstone of the PHM program includes applied courses in which students concurrently learn skills in the classroom while directly applying these skills in a community based project.

About the Program

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Population Health Management


  • Health Counseling and Outreach
  • Care Management and Coordination
  • Applied Health Data Analytics


  • Klamath Falls

Related Minors

For questions, contact:

Kyle Chapman

Kyle Chapman, Population Health Management Program Director



Career Placement

The first graduating cohort in the PHM program had a career placement success rate of 100%. Two thirds of the graduates are currently employed in the public or private health sectors locally. One student is employed in the nonprofit sector out of state, and one student gained entrance into a competitive masters in nursing program out of state. All of the recent graduates plan to eventually pursue graduate education in medicine, nursing, psychology, or public health.

Our graduates work for:

  • Klamath County Public Health
  • Cascade Health Alliance
  • YMCA

Career Paths:

  • Patient advocate/navigator
  • Medical Sociologist
  • Health Promotion Program Director
  • Health Researcher
  • Health Care Coordinator
  • Public Health Nursing

Graduate Success
Among all Oregon Tech degrees 2017-2019

Employed: 90%
Continuing Education: 6%
Success Rate: 96%
Starting Median Salary: $60,000
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With study areas ranging from health research to care coordination and outreach, the hands-on courses at Oregon Tech will help you prepare for a career in the healthcare industry. Some courses that a PHM student at Oregon Tech might take include:

Community Health Program Planning

This course prepares students to identify, develop, and coordinate interventions in a community health setting to target chronic disease risk reduction. Students will gain an understanding of chronic disease epidemiology and best practices in public health programming and gain skills in program planning methods.

Global Population Health

This course is an introduction to measurement, methodology and theories of population change. The course includes an overview of historical and future trends in fertility, mortality, morbidity and aging both in the U.S. and internationally. The relationship of population to society is emphasized, and you will be encouraged to develop creative solutions to current and future health, social and environmental issues.

Health Inequalities and Cultural Competency

This course provides an introduction to health inequality based on systematic social research. Provision of basic training on cultural competency and underrepresented populations' engagement with the health care system. Specifically, this course exposes students to research related to race/ethnicity and the health care system. The course covers topics associated with racial and ethnic differences in the participation in the health care system, interactions with health care professionals, attitudes toward health care, and access to health care. In addition, the course exposes students to the issue of cultural competency as it applies to health care. Cultural competence is a broad concept that involves individuals and organization developing the skills to work effectively across cultures specifically with groups with varying cultural practices/knowledge and languages

Community Health Grant Writing

This course prepares students to develop grant proposals to secure funding for health promotion initiatives in a community health setting. Students develop skills to assess the health of target populations, identify pressing health needs, select appropriate evidence based programs that address these needs, and prepare information in a grant proposal format.