Pacific is well known for its healthcare education in the College of Optometry and College of Health Professions. In recent years, though, Pacific also has opened programs in additional health and helping fields.
The School of Communication Sciences & Disorders offers an undergraduate minor and a post-baccalaureate course sequence in communication sciences and disorders, along with a master’s degree in speech-language pathology.
Students in the program work with a variety of community groups to provide a full-range of local services, such as summer workshops for children with stutters or with cleft lip and palate, camps for people with aphasia, and programs in local assisted living centers.
The bachelor of music therapy is a five-year undergraduate degree that provides a comprehensive liberal arts foundation, as well as preparation for board certification as a music therapist.
Coursework includes music proficiency, as well as psychology, neuroscience, anatomy, and healthcare ethics, and students also complete 1,200 hours of supervised clinical work.
Music therapists work in schools, community organizations, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and assisted living facilities, and Pacific is just the third university in the Pacific Northwest to offer a degree.
The master of social work is offered at the Eugene Campus, only the second of its kind in Oregon. With specialty tracks in Health and Wellness or in Latino Families & Culture, the two-year program focuses heavily on placements that prepare students to work as professional social workers in a high-need field.
Finally, an undergraduate major in public health provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to global and environmental health with a practical experience.