Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and Portland State University (PSU) School of Public Health

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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.

 

Programs

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Advanced Health Policy – HSMP 575

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Provides students focusing on health policy analysis or advocacy the opportunity to explore specific areas of health policy in-depth. Taught as a seminar with students required to select two policy areas, develop readings and questions, and lead class discussion facilitated by the instructor. Coursework emphasizes the understanding, identification and development of successful and sustainable health policy including preparation of four brief, structured policy proposals.

Applied Practice Experience – CPH 513

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The Applied Practice Experience course will facilitate development and completion of a portfolio that requires students to demonstrate attainment of selected competencies. Students will study portfolio use and development in higher education.

It is recommended that students have completed at least 18 credits of their MPH program to have garnered enough experiences to be used in the portfolio assignment. Students will not be allowed to register for this course during their first term of their MPH program.

This course will begin running in Fall 2019.

Grade mode: Pass / No Pass.

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Concepts of Environmental Health – ESHH 511 / 611

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An intensive course designed to familiarize students with fundamentals of environmental health from a scientific and conceptual perspective. Topics are considered within multi-causal, ecological, adaptive systems, and risk-assessment frameworks. Includes consideration of biological, chemical, and physical agents in the environment, which influence public health and well-being.

Doctoral students register for the ESHH 611 section.

Continual Improvement in Health Care – HSMP 578

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Intended to introduce students to the concepts of continual improvement and illustrate applications of these concepts in health care. The basic content will be drawn from the industrial quality improvement literature; this will be elaborated through presentation and analysis of health care case studies. Students will gain an understanding of different approaches to process improvement and quality management and will be prepared to apply this knowledge in the practice setting.

 

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Epidemiology I – EPI 512 / 612

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This is the first course in a three course sequence designed for MPH Epidemiology and Biostatistics majors. Textbook based; e.g. Gordis Epidemiology. Basic epidemiological principles applicable to infectious and non-infectious diseases, host-agent-environmental relationships, and concepts of disease causation will be reviewed. Students will gain familiarity with epidemiologic measures such as incidence, prevalence, mortality, natality, case fatality, relative risk and other rates and ratios and will use age-adjustment and other standardization techniques. Types and sources of public health data will be reviewed, their use in comparing groups, and statistical significance. Epidemic curves, outbreak investigation principles, surveillance concepts and basic designs of observational studies and sources of bias will be covered.

Students in the MPH Epidemiology and MPH Biostatistics programs should take the on-campus Epi I course.

Doctoral students register for the EPI 612 section.

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Financial Management of Health Services – HSMP 587

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Focuses on the analysis and administration of resources in the health care 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.

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Global Health Program Evaluation & Mgmt – HSMP 590

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Program evaluation is a field of study and practice that is applicable across areas and disciplines. This course provides students with the theoretical and practical bases for the trans-discipline of program evaluation. The course emphasizes evaluation in the context of global health programs. Students will develop basic skills in a variety of approaches to evaluation, including techniques that are particularly suitable for evaluating global health programs.

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Health Care Law & Regulation – HSMP 577 / 677

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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.

Doctoral students register for the HSMP 677 section.

Health Information Technology (IT) & Systems Management – HSMP 579

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Advances in information technology are driving fundamental changes throughout health care and transforming the health care industry. Students will gain an understanding how to manage and use health information technology systems. The course will identify the various types of health care information systems, and assess the key issues confronting the management of such systems, including business needs, the relationship between organizational needs and technology capabilities, and the management and control of IT resources in a variety of health-related organizational settings.

Offered online through D2L.

Health Policy – HSMP 571 / 671

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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.

Doctoral students register for the HSMP 671 section.

Health Services Human Resources Mgmt – HSMP 580

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Overview of human resources within the context of health care organizations. Focus on the practical application of human resources management principles in the work setting through discussion of situations common in health care environments. Elements of the situation evaluated from the health care employee and health care manager perspectives. Examples of techniques, forms, and tools will be discussed.

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.

The following sections are offered online: Baker. All other sections are offered in-person.

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Integrative Learning Experience – HSMP 506

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The Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) requires MPH students to synthesize selected competencies from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The ILE involves students working with preceptors at organizations outside of the SPH. During the ILE, students will create a substantial written product that is appropriate for each student’s educational and professional objectives as well as complete other required assignments. The ILE occurs toward the end of a student’s program of study.

This course will begin running in Winter 2020.

Introduction to Biostatistics – BSTA 525

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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.

Online: Summer and Fall

Introduction to Health Economics – HSMP 586 / 686

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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.
In addition, the role of government in a private economy in dealing with market failure is discussed, especially as it relates to the goal of assuring universal access to health care. Does not require any specific preparation in economics or mathematics, although graphical presentation of economic concepts is emphasized.

Doctoral students register for the HSMP 686 section.

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Organizational Behavior in Health Service Organizations – HSMP 541 / 641

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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.

Doctoral students register for the HSMP 641 section.

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Population Health: Policy and Practice Implications – HSMP 581/681

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Introduction to concepts of population health as they relate to policy and practice. In addition to exploring various meanings of the term “population health”, the course considers three primary drivers of population health: long-term demographic trends (e.g., population aging, immigration, fertility); social and economic policies (including health policy); and characteristics of the healthcare system. Special emphasis is placed on translating knowledge into effective policies and practice to address population health.

Doctoral students register for the HSMP 681 section.

Prac: Organizational Experience – HSMP 509

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Consent of instructor required. Students must attend the 509 orientation prior to registering. Please register for this course if you are a MPH:HMP student. If you are a MPA:HA student, please register for PAH 509.

Principles of Health Behavior I – 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.

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Meet our Faculty

David Bangsberg

Founding Dean

Dr. Ryan Petteway – A People’s Social Epidemiologist

Assistant Professor
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