Educating the public health leaders of tomorrow
At the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, we know that the decisions society makes today about how we organize ourselves, our resources, our risks and our opportunities will determine the public’s health for generations. It is in this larger context that other important factors such as community programs, access to health services and individual behaviors can have a positive effect. That knowledge and belief drives our work in helping to educate the public health leaders of tomorrow — and of today.
Graduates of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health are able to recognize the uneven sources of health risk in society, promote approaches and strategies that increase health opportunities for all people, and mobilize resources for social change. Portland is ranked as one of the nation’s most livable cities, in part because of the thoughtful innovation dating back decades to build a city that supports good health. And Oregon has been known over the past two decades as a pioneer in exploring public health issues and transforming health systems.
That environment, along with faculty who are national leaders in their areas of expertise, offer students of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health a one-of-a-kind educational experience. Students at the School of Public Health pursue rigorous areas of study and experience varied and high-quality internships and field work that are important parts of their learning. Graduates go on to begin or advance their careers in health promotion and disease prevention, measurement and monitoring of health and disease, environmental health sciences, physical fitness, gerontology, health policy and more. Our graduates are entering a robust career market – as current public health workers age and retire – and will have opportunities to work anywhere in the world.
Building on a 24-year partnership of granting collaborative, accredited MPH degrees, our new collaborative School of Public Health continues a tradition of success. The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health was notified of its full accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in June 2017. Now, in addition to accredited MPH programs and dual degrees, the new joint School brings together the best of an academic medical center with the best of a community engaged comprehensive university, to also offer accredited undergraduate and doctoral degrees and certificates.
CEPH is the nationally recognized accrediting body for schools of public health. Its work ensures that schools and programs are meeting the highest standards for education in public health disciplines. Our CEPH accreditation extends through June 2022.
In addition to the CEPH accreditation, our MPH in Health Management and Policy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). Ours is the only Health Management and Policy program in the state that is CAHME-accredited.
And, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in September 2018 verified our undergraduate certificate in Human Lactation program through 2023.