Our Faculty

More than 150 faculty members work within the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. They have a wide range of expertise, from monitoring and assessing health risks and opportunities in populations, to helping build health-supporting social environments through policy, advocacy, and programs. They are educators, advisors, researchers, practitioners and community leaders. They come from backgrounds in quantitative, behavioral, environmental and social sciences, policy and government, exercise and health sciences and anthropology, among many other areas. They all work in collaboration with each other and with community partners, and are especially focused on the training and education of future leaders and practitioners in the public health fields.

 

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Communication and Informatics

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This course will examine methods to summarize and synthesize data pertinent to primary health care and health disparities, to analyze and track trends in that data and then to communicate that data to relevant audiences. Current trends will be described and discussed to examine health indicators among the US population. Emphasis will be placed on techniques for retrieving, organizing and displaying relevant data to track health disparities in US populations. Principles of communicating scientific data to lay audiences will be covered. Database and mapping applications for tracking trends in served populations will be introduced. Database manipulation will be explored by composing and executing query statements and critically evaluating the results.

Prerequisites: None

Community Based Participatory Research

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This course examines Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) as a research paradigm to understand and address health disparities at the community level. Review of operating principles includes the central place that communities are accorded as units of identity and as co-equals in research, a process that is perceived by community constituents as not dominated by elitists, an emphasis on long-term commitment by all partners, emphasis on co-learning so that the process flows back and forth, use of exercises that stimulate collective visioning among all partners, incorporation of social ecology approaches as departures for research and practice; use of innovative problem solving approaches; use of multiple methods of data collection. Topics include community theory, development strategies, promising interventions, group development techniques, community diagnosis and capacity assessments.

Prerequisites: None

Concepts of Environmental Health

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This course is designed to introduce graduate students to basic concepts and issues in environmental and occupational health. Environmental and occupational hazards that affect human health are examined in the context of current social, political and regulatory pressures. Topics include environmental and emerging disease, environmental toxicology, risk assessment, occupational health, food protection, drinking water safety and waste water treatment, solid and hazardous waste disposal, indoor and outdoor air pollution, radiation and pests and pesticides. Global environmental health issues are included as time permits.

Prerequisites: None

Note: The on campus section of this course is listed under PHE 580 or PHPM 518.

Concepts of Environmental Health

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This course is designed to introduce graduate students to basic concepts and issues in environmental and occupational health. Environmental and occupational hazards that affect human health are examined in the context of current social, political and regulatory pressures. Topics include environmental and emerging disease, environmental toxicology, risk assessment, occupational health, food protection, drinking water safety and waste water treatment, solid and hazardous waste disposal, indoor and outdoor air pollution, radiation and pests and pesticides. Global environmental health issues are included as time permits.

Note: Additional sections of this course are listed under CPH 539/639 and PHPM 518.

Prerequisites: None

Level: Graduate

Current Issues in Public Health

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The purpose of this course is to analyze current and controversial issues in public health. The course provides an opportunity to discuss, analyze, make recommendations for and examine policy outcomes of issues, practices and current and historically controversial public health events.

Prerequisites: None

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Epidemiology I

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Epidemiology is the science of public health that is concerned with the distribution of disease in populations and risk factors that influence health outcomes. Students will learn epidemiologic methods to identify and solve public health problems. The course will cover measures of disease occurrence, screening for disease, study design, association and causation, biases and confounding, genetic epidemiology and ethics in epidemiology. An emphasis is placed upon both critical reading of the epidemiologic literature and to applying epidemiologic methods to address public health problems.

Prerequisites: None

**Note: The following section is offered online: Nagel.
The following sections are offered in-person: Stull, Dinno.
This course is cross-listed as PHPM 512/PHE 530.

Epidemiology of Aging and Chronic Disease

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This course introduces the application of epidemiologic methods to the study of older persons and chronic disease. The course will examine concepts and topics including trends in aging and the health of aging populations; health transition, and explanations and consequences of mortality decline; determinants of health and survival; distinctions between normal aging, disease and disability; health promotion and primary, secondary and tertiary prevention as applied to older persons, and the epidemiology of selected diseases, syndromes and conditions common to older age and chronic illness.

Prerequisites: None

Epidemiology of Disease

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Using case study methodology, this course will explore disease and disability and the epidemiologic methods used in their study, prevention and control. Students will understand disease states from cultural, population and systems perspectives and will examine prevention and control in terms of the biological sciences as well as sociologic, cultural and political mechanisms.

Prerequisites: None

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Global Perspectives and Program Development

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This course will examine the contextual factors of primary health care and global health disparities. Current trends will be described and discussed utilizing research, best practices and expert opinion. Students will gain a broadened perspective on the impact of primary care interventions in international venues and an increased understanding of the complexities associated with international health disparities, relief and development.

Prerequisites: None

Graduate Internship in Public Health

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The purpose of the graduate internship is to provide students with a work-related experience designed to integrate theory and practice in an applied setting under supervision. The internship experience permits the student to demonstrate her/his ability to apply knowledge of theory and practice to specific activities in a real-world setting. The internship provides students with a professional experience where they can apply existing and new skills and become more socialized into the field of community/public health. Existing skills are those the student brings from his/her life experience and previous education. New skills include those the student has gained through her/his educational experience in the MPH program. Socialization occurs through mentoring of the student in the work site and professional arena by the preceptor for the internship.

Prerequisites: Completion of all MPH coursework

 

CPH 509A is 3 cr.

CPH 509B is 6 cr.

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Health Systems Organization

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This course introduces basic concepts and issues in the organization, financing, and delivery of health services. The emphasis is on the systemic aspects of health services production and delivery which address the health needs of populations with respect to death, disease, disability, discomfort, and dissatisfaction. Students will examine the inter-relationships of system structures, subsystems, and processes, as well as their interactions with the larger social, cultural, economic and political environments in which they exist. The focus is on the United States, with international comparisons used to illustrate similarities and differences.

Prerequisites: Current graduate standing or instructor approval.

**Note: The following section is offered online: Cartwright.
All other sections are offered in-person.
This course is cross-listed as CPH 540/PAH 574.

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Introduction to Biostatistics

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This course covers a broad range of basic statistical methods used in the health sciences. The course begins by covering methods of summarizing data through graphical displays and numerical measures. Basic probability concepts will be explored to establish the basis for statistical inference. Confidence intervals and hypothesis testing will be studied with emphasis on applying these methods to relevant situations. Both normal theory and nonparametric approaches will be studied including one- and two-sample tests of population means and tests of independence for two-way tables. Students will be introduced to oneway analysis of variance, correlation and simple linear regression. The course focuses on understanding when to use basic statistical methods, how to compute test statistics and how to interpret the results. Computer applications (using SPSS) are included as part of the course to introduce students to basic data management, reading output from computer packages, interpreting and summarizing results.

Prerequisites: None

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The following sections are offered online: Srikanth, Lasarev, Dieckmann.
The following sections are offered in-person: Park, Dinno.
This course is cross-listed as PHPM 524/PHE 510.

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Management Practice & Quality Improvement in Health Care & Public Health Org

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Introduction to leadership and management, focusing on effective strategies for creating a productive work environment through techniques such as conflict resolution, building collaborative teams and providing team leadership. Issues of measuring, managing and improving the quality of health care will also be addressed. Current national efforts in performance measures in public health (i.e., county certification) are discussed. Case studies taken from public health departments and other settings will be used to master problem-solving skills.

Prerequisites: None

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Principles of Health Behavior

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This overview course is designed to provide students with basic information concerning the interaction of biological, psychological, behavioral, sociocultural and environmental processes that function in the promotion of health and prevention of disease. Theories developed to explain health and illness behaviors at the intrapersonal, interpersonal, group and community levels are introduced and critiqued. Ethical considerations inherent to efforts designed to produce health-related behavior change are examined.

Prerequisites: None

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The following section is offered online: Northrup-Snyder, Ewing.
The following section is offered in-person: Wheeler.
This course is cross-listed as PHPM 517/PHE 512.

Professionalism, Ethics & Systems Thinking in Public Health

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Using a case-based format, this course explores key underlying theoretical and professional principles, ethical practices and systems thinking in public health. In-depth examination of sentinel cases will be used to prepare the student for leadership roles in community and public health.

Prerequisites: None

Program Planning

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This course provides an introduction to program planning and experience in the grant writing process, with an emphasis on public health intervention programs. Students will be introduced to program planning, with an emphasis on logic models. Students will be introduced to the key areas of a proposal that must be addressed in grant writing.

Prerequisites: None

Public Health Program Evaluation

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Using case study methodology, this course focuses on the acquisition of technical skills in design, data collection and analysis for the purpose of evaluating public health programs. Program justification and evaluation for policy-making purposes will be emphasized. In addition, alternative forms of evaluation will be examined including rapid assessment, participatory evaluation and historical, social networking and other techniques. Students will have the opportunity to examine public health data sets and to design an evaluation focused on a disparate population as well as develop policy based on critical analysis of several types of evaluations.

Prerequisites: None

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Reading and Conference

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Students are to make arrangements with faculty individually. Contact the Registrar’s Office to register. 503-494-7800.

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Meet our Faculty

David Bangsberg

Founding Dean

Dr. Ryan Petteway – A People’s Social Epidemiologist

Assistant Professor
Office: PSU – URBN 470N