History

  • In 2010, planning began to develop a collaborative School of Public Health that would bring together OHSU’s and PSU’s considerable resources and build on the solid foundation of the 21-year-old Oregon Master of Public Health Program. The commitment to establish a collaborative School of Public Health was shared publicly in the Presidents’ 2010 OSU/PSU Strategic Alliance.
  • Since 2010, a steering committee comprised of faculty and administrative representatives from both universities met regularly to develop the collaborative model and infrastructure for the School of Public Health and to address the extensive requirements for Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) school-level accreditation.
  • Activities in the first two years have included institutional and cultural scans, developing project and business plans, implementing new MPH tracks and three PhD programs, and supporting the re-accreditation of the Oregon Master of Public Health (OMPH) program. In 2014, seven faculty groups, each focused on a specific content area, addressed issues related to competencies, curriculum, faculty expectations, and research interests.
  • In spring 2014, Elena Andresen, Ph.D., F.A.C.E., was appointed interim dean, and the OMPH was reaccredited by CEPH for up to seven years.
  • In 2015, the School of Public Health applied for accreditation and completed a self-study, with a full-scale site visit to come within two years. A permanent dean will be secured once accreditation has been achieved.