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.