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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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Advanced Health Policy – HSMP 575 / 675

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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.

Doctoral students register in the HSMP 675 section.


Contemporary Research in Health Systems & Policy – HSMP 660

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Doctoral seminar covering current topics in health systems and policy research providing doctoral students in the Health Systems and Policy Ph.D. program an opportunity to develop multi-disciplinary perspectives on current issues in their area of research. This course is repeatable for up to 9 credits.



Health & Social Inequalities – PHE 522 / 622

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Introduction to historical and theoretical foundations for social epidemiology; investigates the conceptualization and measurement of different social determinants of health using a lifecourse approach; explores how the “embodiment” of social forces influence disease processes; and examines different actions (i.e., behavioral, clinical, social, legislative and political) used to eliminate health inequities within our local, national and international communities.

Doctoral students register for the PHE 622 section.

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 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 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.


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.


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.


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.


Research Design in Health Services – HSMP 589 / 689

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Provides an introduction to traditional methods of designing and conducting health services research. It is intended that at the completion of the course students will understand multiple approaches to health services research, be able to be both participants in and consumers of the research process, and will be competent in conducting critical appraisals of the health services literature and in writing research proposals.

Doctoral students register in the HSMP 689 section.


Values & Ethics in Health – HSMP 573 / 673

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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.

Doctoral students register for the HSMP 673 section.

Vines, Jennifer -

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Affiliate Assistant Professor Health Management & Policy (HMP) and Health Systems & Policy (HSP)

Dr. Jennifer Vines holds an affiliate faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the graduate level Health Management & Policy and Health Systems & Policy programs. In this role her work includes mentoring students and guest lecturing. 

In addition to this commitment to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Vines is currently the Deputy Health Officer for Multnomah County Health Department where she provides physician leadership on a range of public health issues. Her experience at Multnomah County includes serving and serves as the medical lead for the communicable disease programs, including outbreak response, tuberculosis treatment and prevention, and as medical director for the county’s sexually transmitted disease clinic. She also plays an active role in the county’s response to opiate and other substance use disorders and has helped to advocate promoting tobacco and nicotine prevention policies at the local and state levels. 

Her work history includes several years working as a part-time health officer in Columbia County (Oregon) and Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties (Washington). Prior to working full time in local public health, Dr. Vines practiced primary care in a variety of safety net settings in the Portland metro area. Her particular interests include the intersections of public health and clinical care; public health ethics; and using her physician voice to encourage policymakers to consider their broad role in promoting good health through housing, living wage jobs, neighborhood design, and supporting young families. 

Education, Degrees 

B.A., Dartmouth College, 1998 M.D., Brown-Dartmouth Program in Medicine, 2002 M.P.H., Portland State University, 2006 

Awards and Honors 

  • 2016: Multnomah County Chair’s Excellence Award as part of the Air Quality Responder team 
  • 2011: National Public Health Leadership Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
  • 2009: Region IV Public Health Hero Award for work performed in response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic (SW Washington) 


2016 PI, A Comparative Evaluation of the Single-Dose Efficacy of Oral Delafloxacin versus the Single-Dose Efficacy of an Intramuscular Injection of Cetriaxone in Subjects with Uncomplicated Urogenital Gonorrhea, Multnomah County Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic. 


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

Wisdom, Jennifer -

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Affiliate Faculty Health Management & Policy (HMP) and Health Systems & Policy (HSP)

Dr. Wisdom has a volunteer affiliate faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in the Health Systems Management & Policy programs. In this role her work includes teaching classes, mentoring and supervising students, and collaborating on research with primary SPH faculty members. 

Dr. Wisdom is a licensed clinical psychologist, author, consultant, and researcher. Her work has focused on improving the organization, delivery, and quality of mental health and substance abuse. She is currently Director of Research at CODA, Inc., Portland’s largest substance use treatment program, and an Affiliated Investigator at the City University of New York Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health. Dr. Wisdom has been funded by NIMH, NIDA, and state/local governments. Her research focuses on developing leaders, improving health care systems, and implementing evidence-based practices. 

Education, Degrees 

B.S., Park University, 1994 Ph.D., The George Washington University, 2001 M.P.H., Oregon Health & Science University, 2003 

Awards and Honors 

  • 2015-2016: Fellow, Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership 
  • 2014-2015: Fellow, Hedwig van Amerigen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program 
  • 2003: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine Outstanding Master’s Thesis


Zeigen, Laura -

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Assistant Professor Health Management & Policy (HMP) and Health Systems & Policy (HSP) Office BICC 331 and RLSB 4A008 Phone: (503) 494-0505

Professor Zeigen has a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in the Health Systems Management & Policy programs. In this role her work includes co-teaching EPI 540/640, guest lecturing in SPH courses, participating as a judge to SPH student posters and presentations, and collaborating on research with primary SPH faculty members. 

In her years as an OHSU Library faculty member for the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, she has collaborated with faculty to provide curriculum-coordinated information literacy, search strategy, information management, and other related instruction for students. In addition, Professor Zeigen coaches students in developing their thesis or capstone project topics and search strategies and development of student skills in critical appraisal of public health research. She also consistently conducts literature reviews and teaches literature review search strategies for faculty and staff for papers and grant proposals. 

Education, Degrees 

B.A., University of Oregon, 1991 M.A., Portland State University, 2005 M.L.I.S., University of Washington, 2006 M.P.H., Portland State University, 2014 

Awards and Honors 

  • 2018: Medical Library Association, Research Training Institute (RTI) Fellow (2018) 
  • 2015: Sewell Stipend recipient, American Public Health Association (Chicago, IL) 
  • 2013: National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region Professional Development Award – Science Boot Camp for Librarians (University of Colorado, Boulder) 
  • 2011: Sewell Stipend recipient, American Public Health Association (Washington, DC) 
  • 2011: OHSU Golden Rose Award Recipient, Customer Service 

Notes • 2011: Zeigen, L. & Hannon, T. (2011). “Health Information Literacy Partnership with Oregon PAs:

Report on Lessons Learned from an NNLM/PNR Grant-Funded Project.” PNC/MLA 2011, Boise, ID, October 15-18, 2011. 

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Assistant Professor
Office: PSU – URBN 470N