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Graduate Course Directory and Schedules

Course Schedules

Download the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health’s 2023 – 2024 academic year course schedule.

Last Updated: 5.18.2023

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Course Schedules by Term

Summer 2023 Planning Schedule

Last updated 5.2.2023
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Fall 2023 Planning Schedule

Last updated 5.18.2023
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Winter 2024 Planning Schedule

Last updated 5.18.2023
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Spring 2024 Planning Schedule

Last updated 6.13.2023
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View previous academic years course schedules per term for School of Public Health students – Archived GR Schedules.

SPH Course Descriptions

Descriptions of all School of Public Health courses can also be found in the course catalog of the most recent edition of the PSU Bulletin.

Mentored Epi Teaching – EPI 660

Course CodeCredit

EPI 660


Course Information

This course is intended to provide a guided, mentored teaching experience for doctoral students in Epidemiology. In addition to typical and course-specific teaching assistant (TA) duties that support the teaching faculty member/course instructor, PhD epidemiology graduates will be provided basic-level preparation for independent teaching. Each TA is expected to perform some or all of the following duties: 1. Prepare for and hold office hours for student enrolled in the course they have been assigned to, 2. Support on-line (Sakai) teaching website for the course, if needed for the course (students must complete a TA confidentiality form for these Sakai activities and submit to the OHSU Teaching and Learning Center). 3. Support the development and distribution of course materials for students and the instructor. 4. Support the evaluation of students’ assigned work, including homework, quizzes and tests, term papers, small group activities, computer-lab assignments, etc. 5. Prepare and deliver one or more course sessions under the supervisor of the faculty/course instructor mentor.

Grade mode: Pass / No Pass.

PhD Epidemiology Methods Seminar – EPI 610

Course CodeCredit

EPI 610


Course Information

This advanced doctoral-level course synthesizes across students’ prior training in epidemiology, biostatistics, applied research, and the disciplines/content areas that are required for students’ doctoral research. Building on this foundation, and drawing from doctoral students’ and the instructor’s expertise, this course aims to facilitate the intellectual development required to conduct and present original epidemiologic research.

Practice Experience – BSTA 509PE / CPH 509PE / EPI 504PE / ESHH 509PE / HSMP 509PE / PHE 504PE

Course CodeCredit

BSTA 509PE / CPH 509PE / EPI 504PE / ESHH 509PE / HSMP 509PE / PHE 504PE


Course Information

Consent of PE Coordinator required.

Students must attend a PE orientation (via prior to registering and are encouraged to attend a PE info session. Detailed information about the PE can be found on the Practice Experience SPH webpage.

PEs are a total of 4 credits and 160 “contact hours.” Students demonstrate 5 competencies via at least two deliverables, as well as submit a learning agreement (the term before PE registration), a midway progress report, a portfolio, and perform an oral presentation.

Biostats students register for BSTA 509PE. PHP students register for CPH 509PE. Epi students for EPI 504PE. ESHH students register for ESHH 509PE. HSMP students register for HSMP 509PE. HP students register for PHE 504PE.


Consent of PE Coordinator required

Principles of Health Behavior I – PHE 512

Course CodeCredit

PHE 512


Course Information

Presents an overview of the biological, psychological, behavioral, sociocultural, and environmental factors that function in the promotion of health and prevention of disease. Theories developed to explain health and illness behaviors at intrapersonal, interpersonal, and group/community levels are introduced. Ethical issues involved in health-related behavior change are examined. Satisfies the core M.P.H. requirement. Recommended prerequisite: graduate standing.

Qualitative Methods for Health Professionals – UNI 504

Course CodeCredit

UNI 504


Course Information

This course is designed for students from across health and science disciplines to obtain hands-on experience in qualitative research methods. The 2 credit course is designed to promote collaboration across disciplines through an introduction to qualitative approaches, such as interviews, focus groups, and observational procedures, which can be applied across research disciplines as a sole methodology or as part of a mixed-methods design. Students will work in interprofessional teams to plan for and engage in basic data collection and analysis, with a focus on study design, sampling and selection, budgeting for qualitative tasks, data management, coding, content analysis and reporting. Attention will be paid to the specific issues of ethics and confidentiality in qualitative research, as well as the unique challenges of rigor and reproducibility as they apply to qualitative methods. At the end of the course, students will be able to select an appropriate qualitative method, implement it with their target population, analyze the results, and present it clearly.

Seminar: Special Topics – EPI 507

Course CodeCredit

EPI 507


Course Information

This seminar is intended for medical, nursing and public health students. It will focus on various topics in the history of medicine and public health during the 19th and 20th centuries in both the United States, Europe and the developing world. The course will introduce the student to the changing face of medical ideas and concerns and will expose the student to some of the major areas of research in the academic discipline of the history of medicine. Rather than taking medicine and medical knowledge as given scientific “truth”, most reading selections will problematize that notion by looking at the social history, politics and construction of disease as well as that of medical agendas. As such, the course will offer literacy, sociological, politics and anthropological approaches to the study of medicine and public health. Through this course, students will not only learn about the major themes about which historians of medicine have written but emphasis will be placed upon learning how to read historical scholarship critically.

  • Winter: “Seminar in Medicine and Public Health”
  • Spring: “Seminar: Intro to Community Health”


Pre-requisite – MD-MPH students

Values & Ethics in Health – HSMP 573 / 673

Course CodeCredit

HSMP 573/673


Course Information

This course addresses issues and questions regarding values and ethics in health, with particular attention to public health practice and health policy and management. It provides students with opportunities to consider issues in health and social services that challenge values and pose ethical issues, and assists students in addressing these issues in the context of both personal and organizational values and beliefs. Specific course content includes, but is not limited to, ethical issues such as reproductive issues, emerging diseases, product liability, pharmaceutical controls, advertising, occupational and environmental issues, and research dilemmas.

Doctoral students register for the HSMP 673 section.


Completion of at least 30 credits.

Work Experience/Internship – EPI 504

Course CodeCredit

EPI 504

3 or 6

Course Information

Practicum experience in on-site public health and preventive medicine organizations. Application of principles and skills in public health to real situations under the guidance of professionals in the field. A report integrating knowledge and experience will be required. Arrangements for suitable sites will be made in consultation with the student’s graduate advisor.

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Interprofessional Education Course Schedule

Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enhance collaboration and improve health outcomes. At least 1 credit of Interprofessional Education is required by all MPH degree programs.

Most courses with OHSU subject code IPE (Inter-Professional Education) or UNI (University Curriculum) satisfy the Interprofessional Education requirement. Other courses may also serve; consult your advisor.

For a list of IPE and UNI courses, descriptions, and their intended schedule download the spreadsheet. This list is subject to change, contact the course instructor if you would like to enroll.

Interprofessional Education