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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: 10.9.2023

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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 10.20.2023
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Spring 2024 Planning Schedule

Last updated 2.16.2024
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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.

PHE 250 – 1 – Our Community: Our Health

Course CodeCredit

PHE 250 - 1

4

Course Information

Examines social, behavioral, and environmental community health-related issues and the controversies that surround them. This course will be a recommended prerequisite for all upper-division classes in the major.

PHE 410 / 510 – Top: Asian American Health Equity

Course CodeCredit

PHE 410 / 510

3

PHE 410 / 510 – TOP: Trauma/Toxic Stress-Pub Health

Course CodeCredit

PHE 410 / 510

3

PHE 410 / 510 – Transgender Health

Course CodeCredit

PHE 410 / 510

3

Course Information

This course surveys conceptual, cultural and historical foundations for understanding and advocating for the health of transgender and gender minority individuals and populations. The course moves through modules addressing (1) concepts and theories of gender and gender variance; (2) concepts and theories of individual health and of population health; (3) individual, social, and political determinants of transgender and gender minority health. The course aims to form clinical and research health professionals who are competent, informed, and inspired to work in the service of transgender health.

PHE 428 / 528 – Stress, Food and Health

Course CodeCredit

PHE 428 / 528

4

Course Information

This survey course is designed to provide students with basic information concerning the interaction of biological, psychological, behavioral, social and cultural processes that function in the intersection of food, eating behaviors, and short- and long-term health outcomes. A particular emphasis will be placed on the impact of stress and social determinants on these relationships. In this course we will explore the complicated determinants of eating and physical activity behaviors and identify key leverage points for effective interventions for promoting healthy eating.

Prerequisite

Upper-division standing.

Slash Listed Courses

Also offered for graduate-level credit as PHE 528 and may be taken only once for credit.

PHE 445 / 545 – Men’s Health

Course CodeCredit

PHE 445/545

4

Course Information

The focus of this course is current men’s health issues. Students have opportunities to critically explore a broad array of men’s health concerns across the life span from a multidisciplinary perspective. Men’s health issues may include such topics as reproductive health, violence, aging, heart disease, depression, and sexuality. The class is taught in an interactive format through group discussion, presentations, and the participation of group speakers. The course focuses on the consideration and critique of current influences on men’s health including the effect of the health care system, male socialization, the impact of the social and cultural factors, and the influence of evolving technology.

Slash Listed Courses

Also offered for graduate-level credit as PHE 545 and may be taken only once for credit.
 

PHE 451 / 551 – Women & Holistic Health

Course CodeCredit

PHE 451 / 551

4

Course Information

Exploring the intersection of three fields –allopathic medicine, women’s health, and complementary therapies– the course examines the emerging field of integrative medicine, highlighting the contributions that women care givers and healers have made to its development. An overview of common women’s health concerns provides the opportunity to compare and contrast essential elements of holistic treatment approaches with those of allopathic medicine. Expected preparation: PHE 295 or WS 101.

Slash Listed Courses

Also offered for graduate-level credit as PHE 551 and may be taken only once for credit.

PHE 454 / 554 – Maternal & Child Health

Course CodeCredit

PHE 454 / 554

4

Course Information

This course uses a discussion-based format to address maternal and child health as a public health issue. The course will emphasize the importance of the social, political, and economic contexts for maternal and child health. Ultimately, students in this course will be exposed to the major health issues facing mothers and children today and understand how politics and social norms affect maternal and child health.

Prerequisite

Junior standing.

Slash Listed Courses

Also offered for graduate-level credit as PHE 554 and may be taken only once for credit.

PHE 466 / 566 – Mind/Body Health: Disease Prevention

Course CodeCredit

PHE 466 / 566

4

Course Information

An investigation of the integral relationship between body and mind and how that relationship manifests itself in health, illness, and promotes healing. Philosophical and scientific foundations of mind/body health are explored. Mind/body research and its application within allopathic medicine is examined as is research and practice in complementary fields of medicine and health care. Expected preparation: Psy 204, PHE 363.
 

Slash Listed Courses

Also offered for graduate-level credit as PHE 566 and may be taken only once for credit.

PHE 502IP – Integrative Project

Course CodeCredit

PHE 502IP

1

Course Information

The key culminating step for each MPH student is the Integrative Project (IP). Through the IP, a high-quality written product is produced, which we call the “IP paper.” Through the IP paper, students demonstrate their academic learning and public health practice skills through the synthesis of foundational and program competencies and application of those competencies to complex public health issues. The paper will take the form of a substantial written product such as a program evaluation, policy or economic analysis, grant proposal, health promotion or community engagement program plan, publishable manuscript, or other written product that demonstrates integration of three foundational (one must include Foundational Competency #6) and three program competencies. Appropriate types of written products vary by program, type of practice experience (if the two are integrated), and the student’s career goals. We recommend (but do not require) that the IP paper build upon work conducted in the Practice Experience. For example, students may write a high-quality written paper using the findings from a statistical analysis performed in support of a research project that is separate from their Practice Experience.

Learn more about the Integrative Project

PHE 502IP – Integrative Project For Dual Degree

Course CodeCredit

PHE 502IP

1

Course Information

The key culminating step for each MPH student is the Integrative Project (IP). Through the IP, a high-quality written product is produced, which we call the “IP paper.” Through the IP paper, students demonstrate their academic learning and public health practice skills through the synthesis of foundational and program competencies and application of those competencies to complex public health issues. The paper will take the form of a substantial written product such as a program evaluation, policy or economic analysis, grant proposal, health promotion or community engagement program plan, publishable manuscript, or other written product that demonstrates integration of three foundational (one must include Foundational Competency #6) and three program competencies. Appropriate types of written products vary by program, type of practice experience (if the two are integrated), and the student’s career goals. We recommend (but do not require) that the IP paper build upon work conducted in the Practice Experience. For example, students may write a high-quality written paper using the findings from a statistical analysis performed in support of a research project that is separate from their Practice Experience.

Learn more about the Integrative Project

PHE 504FE – Cooperative Education/Internship

Course CodeCredit

PHE 504FE

1 - 6

PHE 504PE – Practice Experience

Course CodeCredit

PHE 504PE

4

Course Information

Students must attend a PE orientation (via canvas.pdx.edu) 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.

Prerequisite

Consent of PE Coordinator required.

PHE 510 – Risk and Crisis Communication for Public Health

Course CodeCredit

PHE 510

3

Course Information

As current times repeatedly demonstrate, effective engagement and communication with broad populations is critical during times of public health risk and crisis. Whether events are sudden, probable, imminent, or ongoing; fast moving, or unfolding over the course of months and years, public health’s ability to convey what is known and recommended –often during times of high stress and uncertainty— requires preparation and adherence to core principles. In order to earn and maintain trust, as well as to effectively address misinformation, such preparation also requires understanding of the histories and contexts within which messages will be exchanged, and of the mass-mediated landscapes in which much communication occurs. In this active graduate course, we will evaluate and learn to work from current risk and crisis communication toolboxes, and will assess through case examples what has, and has not, been effective in contemporary situations.

Permission not required.

PHE 510 – Sci-Fi & Public Health

Course CodeCredit

PHE 510

3

PHE 511 – Foundations of Public Health

Course CodeCredit

PHE 511

3

Course Information

Provides students with an understanding of the field of public health. It provides knowledge about public health principles, concepts, values, tools, and applications. Key topics in the class include the mission of public health, the politics of public health, determinants of health in the United States, major models and strategies for health promotion, and community perspectives on public health interventions.

PHE 512 – Principles of Health Behavior I

Course CodeCredit

PHE 512

3

Course Information

Presents 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. Expected preparation: graduate standing.

Slash Listed Courses

Also offered as PHE 612 for doctoral students.

PHE 512 / 612 – Principles of Health Behavior

Course CodeCredit

PHE 512 / 612

3

Course Information

Presents 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. Expected preparation: graduate standing.

Slash Listed Courses

Also offered as PHE 612 for doctoral students.

PHE 513 – Introduction to Public Health

Course CodeCredit

PHE 513

3

Course Information

This survey course intended to provide graduate students with foundational knowledge of public health and will take a population science approach to public health practice.

PHE 517 – Community Organizing

Course CodeCredit

PHE 517

3

Course Information

Emphasizes the role of community organizing to engage diverse communities to advance the conditions in which people can be healthy. It further examines the role of health educators, grassroots activists, and others in stimulating social, political, and economic approaches to promote community health. Also addresses the advancement of theoretical knowledge and practical skills of community organizing.

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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