Public Health - Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)


The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer 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 health promotion, disease prevention, health psychology, healthcare policy, health equityand environmental sustainability, plus prerequisite coursework in biology and mathematics. To learn more about career and degree options in the field of public health, visit the COCC Public Health webpage.

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 three credits 13
Recommend: PHE 100
Choose one course4
Recommend MTH 105Z or MTH 111Z
Oral Communication:
Choose one course3-4
WR 121ZComposition I4
WR 122ZComposition II4
or WR 227Z 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
Recommend: ART 110 or ART 141, J 216, and PHL 202
Social Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes12-16
Science/Math/Computer Science:12-20
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science
Recommend: BI 101, FN 225, G 163, and SUS 102
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

HHPA activity courses (1 credit each) which can not to be duplicated.

Advising Notes

Following is a list of undergraduate public health programs in the state of Oregon. There are a variety of degree concentrations and delivery options, including online, in-person, and hybrid formats. It is important for students to research and connect with the institution to which they intend to transfer. 

  1. Oregon Health & Sciences University-Portland State University School of Public Health
  2. Oregon Institute of Technology - Klamath Falls
  3. Oregon State University - Corvallis
  4. Oregon State University - Cascades
  5. Southern Oregon University - Ashland

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 Year
First TermCredits
Health (recommend PHE 100)4
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend SUS 101)4
Mathematics (recommend MTH 105Z or MTH 111Z)4
WR 121ZComposition I4
Second Term
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend PHE 210)3
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend PHE 248)4
Discipline Studies Science Non Lab (recommend FN 225)4
WR 122Z
Composition II
or Technical Writing
Third Term
Elective (recommend PHE 110)1
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend PHE 228)4
Discipline Studies Science Lab (recommend SUS 102)4
Oral Communication:3-4
Elective (recommend HHP 231 or PHE 267)3
Second Year
First Term
Elective (recommend PHE 282)6
Discipline Studies Science Lab (recommend BI 101)4
Elective (recommend HHP 295)3
Discipline Studies Arts and Letters (recommend ART 110 or ART 141)3
Second Term
Discipline Studies Arts and Letters (recommend PHL 202)3
Elective (recommend SUS 210)4
Elective (recommend SOC 201)4
Elective (recommend EC 201 or EC 202)4
Third Term
Elective (recommend PHE 281)1
Discipline Studies Science Lab (G 163)4
Discipline studies Arts and Letters (recommend J 216)3
Elective (recommend SUS 220)4
 Total Credits90-91

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