Public Health - Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)


The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree with a focus in public health is designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in public health or a related field. Lower-division coursework provides students with a strong foundation in public health topics, including disease prevention, health promotion, health psychology, healthcare policy, health equityand environmental sustainability as well as prerequisite coursework in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. To learn more about career and degree options in the field of public health, visit the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health website.

Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Please see the General Education page for statewide general education student learning outcomes.

Entrance Requirements

While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
General Education/Foundational
Choose 3 credits 13
Recommend: HHP 110 and HHPA activity courses
Choose one course4
Oral Communication:
Choose one course3-4
WR 121Academic Composition4
WR 122Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition4
or WR 227 Technical Writing
General Education/Discipline studies
Cultural Literacy:
One course from the following categories must be designated as cultural literacy on the Discipline Studies list (credits count once).
Arts and Letters:
Choose three courses from at least two prefixes9-12
Social Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes12-16
Recommend: HHP 100, HHP 210, HHP 248 and either PSY 201 or SOC 201
Science/Math/Computer Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science12-20
Choose any course numbered 100 or above that brings the total credits to 90 quarter hours. This may include up to 12 credits of Career and Technical Education courses designated by COCC as acceptable.39
Total Credits90-106

Advising Notes

The following is a list of public health programs available at public universities in Oregon. Note that public health programs have varying titles/program names, and it is important for students to research and connect with the institution to which they are interested in transferring. There are a variety of program delivery options from online to in-person to hybrid. There are seven public higher education institutions in Oregon. Of these seven institutions, the following have programs related to public health or population health:

  1. Oregon Health & Sciences University-Portland State University School of Public Health
    1. Bachelor of Arts or Science in Public Health Studies
      1. Option: Healthy Aging
      2. Option: Community Health Promotion
      3. Option: Health Services Administration
      4. Option: Clinical Health Science
      5. Option: School Health
  2. Oregon Institute of Technology
    1. Bachelor of Science in Population Health Management
      1. Option: Health Counseling and Outreach
      2. Option: Care Management and Coordination
      3. Option: Applied Health Data Analytics
  3. Oregon State University
    1. Bachelor of Science in Public Health
      1. Option: Health Management and Policy
      2. Option: Health Promotion and Health Behavior 
      3. Video: Public Health at OSU
      4. Transfer guide
  4. Oregon State University - Cascades
    1. Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences (related public health program)
    2. Bachelor of Arts or Science in Social Science (related public health program)
  5. Southern Oregon University
    1. Bachelor of Arts or Science in Healthcare Administration
      • Option: Community Public Health
      • Option: Data Analytics
      • Option: Personnel Management

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:
    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC degree
    • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First TermCredits
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Oral Communication:3-4
WR 121Academic Composition4
Second Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend HHP 100)4
Health (recommend HHP 110 and HHPA activity courses)3
WR 122
Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition
Technical Writing
Third Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend BI 101)4
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend HHP 210)3
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend HHP 248)4
Fourth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend BI 102)4
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend PSY 201)4
Elective (recommend EC 201)4
Elective (recommend HHP 231) 3
Elective (recommend HHP 268) 4
Fifth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend BI 103)4
Elective (recommend HHP 240)3
Elective (recommend HHP 267)3
Elective 3
Sixth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend MTH 243)3-5
Elective (recommend HHP 281)1-2
Elective (recommend SOC 212)4
 Total Credits90-97

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