Our Faculty

More than 150 faculty members work within the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. They have a wide range of expertise, from monitoring and assessing health risks and opportunities in populations, to helping build health-supporting social environments through policy, advocacy, and programs. They are educators, advisors, researchers, practitioners and community leaders. They come from backgrounds in quantitative, behavioral, environmental and social sciences, policy and government, exercise and health sciences and anthropology, among many other areas. They all work in collaboration with each other and with community partners, and are especially focused on the training and education of future leaders and practitioners in the public health fields.



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Concepts of Environmental Health – PHE 580

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This course is designed to introduce graduate students to basic concepts and issues in environmental and occupational health. Environmental and occupational hazards that affect human health are examined in the context of current social, political and regulatory pressures. Topics include environmental and emerging disease, environmental toxicology, risk assessment, occupational health, food protection, drinking water safety and waste water treatment, solid and hazardous waste disposal, indoor and outdoor air pollution, radiation and pests and pesticides. Global environmental health issues are included as time permits.

Note: Additional sections of this course are listed under CPH 539/639 and PHPM 518.

Prerequisites: None

Level: Graduate


Economics of Health Policy – HSMP 510/610

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This course will start with a review of more “standard” applications of economic theory to basic resource allocation questions embodied in cost benefit, cost utility and cost effectiveness analyses. The course will then move its focus to more “emerging” applications of economic theory to the underlying question of how health systems work (or not) to produce health. In this section of the course, the transactional issues within the health system that are central to all “health care transformation” polices will be considered through the lens of principal-agent theory, institutional economics, transaction cost economics and behavioral economics.

Prerequisites: None

Epidemiology I – CPH 541

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Epidemiology is the science of public health that is concerned with the distribution of disease in populations and risk factors that influence health outcomes. Students will learn epidemiologic methods to identify and solve public health problems. The course will cover measures of disease occurrence, screening for disease, study design, association and causation, biases and confounding, genetic epidemiology and ethics in epidemiology. An emphasis is placed upon both critical reading of the epidemiologic literature and to applying epidemiologic methods to address public health problems.

Prerequisites: None

**Note: The following section is offered online: Nagel.
The following sections are offered in-person: Stull, Dinno.
This course is cross-listed as PHPM 512/PHE 530.



Health Systems Organization – HSMP 574/674

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This course introduces basic concepts and issues in the organization, financing, and delivery of health services. The emphasis is on the systemic aspects of health services production and delivery which address the health needs of populations with respect to death, disease, disability, discomfort, and dissatisfaction. Students will examine the inter-relationships of system structures, subsystems, and processes, as well as their interactions with the larger social, cultural, economic and political environments in which they exist. The focus is on the United States, with international comparisons used to illustrate similarities and differences.

Prerequisites: Current graduate standing or instructor approval.

**Note: The following section is offered online: Cartwright.
All other sections are offered in-person.
This course is cross-listed as CPH 540/PAH 574.


Introduction to Biostatistics – PHPM 524

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The goal of this course is to cover the broad range of statistical methods used in health sciences. Methods of summarizing data through graphical displays and numerical measures will be discussed. Basic probability concepts will be explored to establish the basis for statistical inference. Confidence intervals and hypothesis testing will be studied with emphasis in applying these methods to relevant situations. Both normal theory and non-parametric approaches will be studied. Course focus will be to understand when to use basic statistical methods how to compute tests to statistics and how to interpret results. Computer applications (using SPSS) are included as part of the course.





Values & Ethics in Health – HSMP 573

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This course addresses issues and questions regarding values and ethics in health, with particular attention to public health practice and health policy and management. It provides students with opportunities to consider issues in health and social services that challenge values and pose ethical issues, and assists students in addressing these issues in the context of both personal and organizational values and beliefs. Specific course content includes, but is not limited to, ethical issues such as reproductive issues, emerging diseases, product liability, pharmaceutical controls, advertising, occupational and environmental issues, and research dilemmas.

HSMP 573 should be taken after completion of at least 30 credits or with demonstration of substantial health-related work experience.

Meet our Faculty

David Bangsberg

Founding Dean

Dr. Ryan Petteway – A People’s Social Epidemiologist

Assistant Professor
Office: PSU – URBN 470N