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SPH Winter 2022 Update

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OHSU-PSU SPH Student Emergency Fund

The OHSU-PSU SPH Student Emergency Fund has been created to provide limited emergency financial assistance to currently enrolled SPH students who are experiencing unanticipated financial hardship resulting from emergency or crisis situations. If your current need aligns with the fund’s purpose, please apply using this link to the Student Emergency Fund application, for review by the SPH Associate Dean for Social Justice’s team. 

Once your application is processed, you will receive an email notification with instructions for accessing your funds. In order for your payment to be processed, the PSU Foundation (which is administering these funds) will need to collect certain information and forms from you. These will include IRS Tax forms, since these payments are considered taxable income. 

Application Process
  1. Complete an SPH Student Emergency Fund Application. A request will be considered complete when the online form is submitted.
  2. Your completed request is reviewed for approval. Criteria for approval will be based on eligibility and availability of funds.
  3. You will be notified by email to confirm receipt of your application and to provide follow-up instructions.
  • Currently enrolled in an SPH program
  • Experiencing an unexpected financial hardship 
Fund Stipulations
Each student applicant for the fund will receive a set payment in the amount of $100 until the fund is depleted. Emergency fund payments issued to students are taxable. If you are currently on the PSU payroll, the funds are considered income and if you are currently receiving financial aid, receiving an award from this fund may affect your financial aid package. If you have any questions about this, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 503-725-3461 to discuss your options.
About the Fund
The OHSU-PSU SPH Student Emergency Fund is made possible through the generous donations of SPH Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni and community members. We fundraise for this account on Giving Tuesday (the Tuesday following Thanksgiving), during PSU’s Day of Giving, and through personal fundraising drives by individual donors. 

Internship Credit Tuition Remission Available for Fall 2021

Are you seeking funding to help support your PHE 404 Internship? The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health has funds that can be applied to support PHE 404 tuition in Fall 2021.

If you are a student who is planning to register for internship credit in fall quarter 2021 and are struggling financially, you may qualify for this award. Funds are available for 4 credits of PHE 404. Students must be enrolled as a Public Health Studies or Applied Health and Fitness major and be in good standing with the School of Public Health and at PSU.  Registration in PHE 404 is required.

Students must complete the application by October 10, 2021.

Make sure to have your internship approved by Jane Mercer or Belinda Zeidler and complete the required paperwork found here: https://ohsu-psu-sph.org/undergraduate-internships/ 

The application will be used to determine eligibility and does not guarantee an award. Awards will be made on a first come first serve basis pending determination of eligibility by the Office of Student Financial Aid.

For additional information, please contact Belinda Zeidler @zeidlerb@pdx.edu.

“ASPPH Presents” Webinar: Careers in Public Health

Ever wondered what it’s like to work in public health? Watch a free webinar presented by the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) as we explore the various opportunities within the field and how you can find your fit. Panelists will provide an overview of the career paths, required skill sets, and what it’s like to do the work they do. There are endless ways to fulfill your passion within the field. This webinar will help you Identify different career paths within the field of public health and define action steps that can be taken to learn more and/or enter the field.

“The webinar is perfect for both SPH undergraduates and future students. It helps explain the many career possibilities in our field and for each area of study.” – Dr. Belinda Zeidler, MST, assistant professor and assistant dean for undergraduate affairs. 

Undergraduate Student Listserv Digest

Don’t miss the latest news and information posted on the SPH Undergraduate listserv, including academic updates and opportunities, internships, and much more. Simply click on the listserv button here to view all the latest messages.

You must be logged in with your PSU credentials in order to join or access the Undergraduate listserv.


Navigating the School of Public Health

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (“School” or “SPH”) is a partnership between Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University. School of Public Health graduate students study, work, and socialize across the universities‘ three campuses (OHSU’s Marquam Hill campus, the South Waterfront campus, and PSU’s downtown campus). In general, graduate programs are offered though Oregon Health and Science University and undergraduate programs are offered through Portland State University.

Be sure to explore the “Undergraduate Student Essentials” menu on this page for important information and resources for navigating the School of Public Health.

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