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Dissertation Proposal Defense of Chad Johnson, MPH

December 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dissertation Proposal Defense: Primary Care in the University Setting After COVID-19: A Multiple Case Study of Student Health Services in Oregon

by D. Chad Johnson, MPH

Monday, December 5, 2022 | 10 am – 12 pm
Vanport Building Rm 264

Primary care is the cornerstone of healthy communities. The evidence shows strong relationships between having access to primary care services and more equitable and healthier population health outcomes. In 2017, there were 14.9 million full-time students enrolled in more than 4,300 public, private, nonprofit, or for-profit higher education institutions (HEIs) in the United States. Many of these students access primary care through the student health services provided by their HEIs.

COVID-19 disrupted operations for both primary care and higher education. HEIs faced sudden decreases in revenue and external pressures to rapidly adapt delivery methods. This study will explore how and why student health services adapted primary care delivery and supported healthcare resilience following COVID-19’s disruption. It will assess the adaptation processes within a poorly understood primary care setting that provides access to health care to a large portion of the United States population. This dissertation will use a multiple case study design with six four-year higher education institutions in Oregon with active student health services to explore how they maintained the delivery of primary care following the onset of COVID-19.



December 5
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Vanport 264
1810 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, OR United States
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