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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.


Financial Management of Health Services – HSMP 587

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Focuses on the analysis and administration of resources in the healthcare field. Among the specific topics included in this course are financial statements, budgeting, cash flow, costing, capital decision making, sources of capital and operating funds, depreciation and government reimbursement schemes, and human resources planning and management.


Health Care Law & Regulation – HSMP 577

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This course is intended to be an introduction to the American legal system and the laws that affect public health and health care. Initially, the course focuses on public legal relationships between governments and individuals, and proceeds to review private legal relationships between individuals or organizations. It reviews the source of laws affecting health care, the basics of constitutional law, the right to privacy, state and federal regulation of health care, and negligence in health care. It wraps up with an introduction to cutting edge health care issues such as health care fraud and abuse compliance and medical record privacy.

Health Policy – HSMP 571

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Centers on an investigation of the public policy process as it affects the healthcare field. Specific health care policies and programs are used to explore the characteristics of the health care policy process and the factors involved in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of health care policies and programs.

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.

Introduction to Health Economics – HSMP 586

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Focuses on defining and measuring the performance of the health care sector, defining and explaining microeconomic concepts, and evaluating various policy initiatives to improve efficiency, equity, and technological progress in health care. Specific topics include description of the health care industry, production of health, measurement of health care price changes, theory of demand for health care, theory of production and cost, measurement of inputs and outputs, cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis, and structure and functioning of markets.


Organizational Behavior in Health Services Organizations – HSMP 541

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Provides an overview of organizational theory and behavior in health services organizations. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of the factors and forces which influence the organization, behavior, and operations of health services delivery organizations through consideration of organizations, their environments, and the roles of individuals working in management.


Principles of Health Behavior – PHE 512

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Presents an overview of the biological, psychological, behavioral, sociocultural, and environmental factors that function in the promotion of health and prevention of disease. Theories developed to explain health and illness behaviors at intrapersonal, interpersonal, and group/community levels are introduced. Ethical issues involved in health-related behavior change are examined.

Program Evaluation & Management in Health Services – HSMP 588

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Introduces the theory and practice of program evaluation in the health services system. Includes multiple methods and uses of evaluation from the perspectives of managers, health professionals, and health services researchers, with an emphasis on the utilization of evaluation findings in program planning and management in health services. Course learning will be synthesized through a community-based learning experience involving working with a community partner to develop an evaluation framework and methodology for an existing or proposed health program.


Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations – HSMP 576

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This course provides prospective and current health care managers with the tools necessary to successfully manage their departments/organizations in a strategic manner. Course content will build upon the basic methods of strategic planning and management, with special attention paid addressing and managing the problems and challenges specific to the healthcare industry.


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.


Wallace, Neal - MPP, PhD

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Professor Health Management & Policy, Health Systems & Policy Office PSU – URBN 670L Phone: (503) 725-8248

Neal T. Wallace is a professor of Health Systems Management and Policy in the School of Public Health and director of the M.P.H. in Health Management and Policy program. Wallace is a health economist whose research focuses on quantitative evaluation of large-scale health and mental health policy and system interventions using state-of-the-art research designs. Most of his research focuses on state-level policy related to publicly funded physical health and mental health systems. Recent projects include evaluations of Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations, the state’s Patient-Centered Primary Care Home program and implementation costs of integrating primary and behavioral health care in Colorado. He’s also researched Medicaid funding changes in California intended to reduce disparities in children’s receipt of mental health services.

Before his academic career, Wallace worked in the mental health departments of the states of Washington and New York, developing and implementing innovative public mental health interventions and systems of care.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Political Science, University of Michigan, 1982
M.P.P., Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, State University of New York at Albany, 1987
Ph.D., Health Services and Policy Analysis, University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, 1999

Awards and Honors

2011, Faculty Excellence in Research Award, Oregon Master’s of Public Health

  • Gelmon (PI), 9/2014-9/2016, Oregon Office of Health Policy and Research, “Phase Three Evaluation of PCPCH Implementation” Role: Co-Investigator
  • 1R01MH100001-01, McConnell/Lindrooth (PI), 9/01/12-8/31/16, NIH/NIMH (Common Fund), Evaluating Coordinated Care Organizations, Role: Co-Investigator
  • 70163, Smith/Rissi (PI), 7/2012-6/2014, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/State Health Access Reform Evaluation, “Achieving the Triple Aim in Medicaid: Evaluating the Access, Quality, Health and Cost Impacts of Coordinated Care Organizations in Oregon”, Role: Co-Investigator
  • 5R21DA031361-02, Wakeland (PI), 6/2011-4/2104, NIDA, The System Dynamics of Pharmaceutical Opioid Misuse, Role: Consultant
  • Rissi (PI), 6/2012-8/2013, Oregon Office of Health Policy and Research, “Evaluation of the Patient Centered Primary Care Medical Home Model”, Role: Co-Investigator
  • Cohen (PI), 2/2011-2/2015, Colorado Health Foundation, “Evaluation of Advancing Care Together (ACT) Program” Role: Consultant


  • T08HP22556-01-00, Wallace(PI), 9/2011-9/2012, HRSA, Scholarships For Disadvantaged Students, Role: PI
  • R01MH083693-01, Snowden(PI), 5/2010-5/2013, NIMH/NIH, “Can Medicaid Benefits Reduce Access Disparities for Minority Children & Youth?” Role: Consultant
  • 1R01DA020832-01A1, McConnell (PI), 9/2007-8/2010, National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH, Oregon’s Parity Law: Comprehensive Parity in Today’s Healthcare Environment, Role: co-PI

Meet our Faculty

David Bangsberg

Founding Dean

Dr. Ryan Petteway – A People’s Social Epidemiologist

Assistant Professor
Office: PSU – URBN 470N