OSU’s Health Research Network


The science of human health is a collective enterprise at Oregon State. It encompasses:

  • More than 300 faculty members in seven academic colleges, Extension Service offices and 10 centers and institutes
  • Thousands of students, research assistants and post-doctoral scientists
  • Partnerships with agencies, businesses, public health departments and universities

The work is interdisciplinary. Engineers strategize with social scientists. Biologists deliberate with physicists. Veterinary doctors collaborate with oncologists. Chemists ponder with pharmacologists.


Environmental Health Sciences Center: With funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the center delves into the human health impacts of chemical exposure. The center’s researchers focus on diseases such as cancer and ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and the developmental impacts of nanomaterials, pesticides and PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons).

Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families: Established through a generous gift from Oregon philanthropist Hallie Ford, the center brings researchers together around four themes: healthy development in early childhood; youth and young adults; healthy lifestyles and obesity prevention in children and families; parenting and family life.

Linus Pauling Institute: Through the study of micronutrients, aging and disease, the institute seeks to optimize the “healthspan.” The institute’s research is driven by the potential for proper use of phytochemicals, vitamins and other dietary compounds to contribute to longer, healthier lives.