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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Waddell, Elizabeth - MA, PhD

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Assistant Professor and Program Director for MPH in Primary Health Care & Health Disparities and Graduate Certificate in Public Health Office OHSU – GH 254 Phone: (503) 494-3732
Biography

Elizabeth Needham Waddell is an assistant professor in the School of Public Health and directs the online M.P.H. in Primary Health Care & Health Disparities and the Graduate Certificate in Public Health programs.

Waddell’s research explores the intersection between social determinants of health, access to medical care and community-engaged development of health policy. Her portfolio includes projects aimed at understanding barriers and facilitators to implementation of innovative policies and standards into patient care, including medical home and integrated primary care and behavioral health.

Prior to joining the School of Public Health, she served as director of Health Disparities Research at the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network at OHSU, and as a research scientist and unit director at the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Unviersity of Pennsylvania, 1995
M.A., Columbia University, 1998
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2003

Awards and Honors
  • 2016, Finalist, OHSU Faculty Senate Award
  • 2004-2009, National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Fellowship, Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • 2001-2003, Graduate Fellow, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University
  • 1995, Urban Studies Award for Commitment to Social Justice in the City, University of Pennsylvania
Notes
  • Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care (PI: Littenberg/Kessler). Patient Centered Research Outcomes Institute (PCORI), 03/01/16-02/28/2, Role: Cluster Site PI.
  • Western States Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (PI: Sorenson/McCarty), National Institute on Drug Abuse, 09/01/15-08/01/20, Role: Co-I.
  • Behavioral Health Home Learning Collaborative (PI: Waddell). Oregon Health Authority, 06/01/14-12/31/16.
  • Sociomedical Analysis of Chronic Disease and Tobacco Control Initiatives (PI: Thihalolipavan). New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, 03/01/15-06/30/18, Role: Co-Investigator.
  • Eastern Oregon Care Coordination Project (PI: Wadell). Moda Health/Oregon Employee Benefits Board, 03/01/15-06/30/16, Role: PI.
  • Transforming Outcomes for Patients through Medical home Evaluation & Redesign (PI: Dorr). The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, 06/01/14-11/30/15, Role: CSU.

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  • Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative Regional Learning Communities Practice Support (PI: Medcalf/Dorr). TMF Health Quality Institute, 06/01/14-06/30/15, Role: Faculty.
  • Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) Basics Learning Collaborative (PI: Waddell). Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation, 09/01/14-06/01/15.
  • Columbia Gorge Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Project (PI: Davis and Miller). PacificSource Community Solutions, 06/01/14-05/31/15, Role: Study Director.

Wallace, Neal - MPP, PhD

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Professor & Program Director for MPH in Health Management and Policy Health Management & Policy, Health Systems & Policy Office PSU – URBN 670L Phone: (503) 725-8248
Biography

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

Notes
  • 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

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  • 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

Wallack, Lawrence - MPH, DrPH

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Professor Community Health & Health Promotion Office PSU – URBN 470T Phone: (503) 725-5148
Biography

Lawrence Wallack is professor and director for the Center for Public Health Studies at PSU and distinguished fellow of the Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness at OHSU. He served nine years as dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at PSU and is emeritus professor of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

He’s had an esteemed career working in public health and in research and training in promoting good public health policy through media advocacy. He is past chair of the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council of Oregon and is a lifetime national associate of the National Academies, based on “extraordinary contributions through pro-bono service to National Research Council and Institute of Medicine.”

Wallack’s current work focuses on translating the science of developmental origins of health and disease into public health policy and practice, and in developing communication-framing strategies to advance public health.

Education, Degrees

M.S., University of Arizona, 1974
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 1978
Dr.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 1982

Awards and Honors
  • 2012, Bilderback Endowed Lecture, OHSU, Department of Pediatrics
  • 2008, Member, The National Academies Institute of Medicine, Committee on Health Insurance Status and Its Consequences
  • 2000-05, Innovators Award, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation(recognition of innovative and groundbreaking work in the area of substance abuse prevention)
  • 2003, Lifetime National Associate, National Academies, (recognizes extraordinary contributions through pro-bono service to National Research Council and Institute of Medicine).
  • 1997, Distinguished Wellness Lecture Award, The California Wellness Foundation/University of California, Berkeley

Waterhouse, Jonathan -

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Indigenous Peoples Scholar Indigenous Peoples Program Phone: (907) 885-7255
Biography

Jonathan Waterhouse, a scholar in the Indigenous Peoples Program, is driven by his belief that blending traditional indigenous knowledge with contemporary science is the key to a comprehensive understanding of planetary health. Waterhouse spent over a decade working with the tribes and First Nations living within the Yukon Watershed of Canada and Alaska. The work created the largest indigenous water-monitoring network in the world and facilitated the removal of tons of toxic, hazardous, electronic, and other waste from within watershed. This work led to similar work with indigenous peoples in the Amazonian Basin, in Siberia and other remote regions.

Waterhouse has helped provide his collaborators with technology to share their “place-based science” with the world. In 2010, President Obama appointed Waterhouse, a National Geographic Explorer, to the Joint Public Advisory Committee, which advises Canada, Mexico and the United States on environmental challenges.

Awards and Honors
  • 2007, National Geographic Explorer
  • 2008, Innovations in American Government -Harvard/JFK School of Government
  • 2009, Presidential Appointment to the Joint Public Advisory Committee
  • 2009, National Geographic Education Fellow
  • 2012, Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award
Notes
  • Project title: Water Indigenous Network (Jon Waterhouse) Role: Principal Investigator Sponsor: Trust for Mutual Understanding Award Dates: 01-Jun-2015 – 31-May-2016 Award number: 5957
  • Project title: Workshop: Connecting Alaska Native Communities and U.S. Northwest Coastal Tribes to the Yakut and Evenk Peioples of the Sakha Republic through WIN (Jon Waterhouse) Role: Principal Investigator Sponsor: National Science Foundation Award Dates: 15-Jan-2016 – 14-Jan-2017 Award number: 1542208
  • Project title: Workshop: Supplement – Connecting Alaska Native Communities and U.S. Northwest Coastal Tribes to the Yakut and Evenk Peioples of the Sakha Republic through WIN (Jon Waterhouse) Role: Principal Investigator Sponsor: National Science Foundation Award Dates: 01-May-2016 – 30-Apr-2017 Award number: PLR-1542208
  • Project title: Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (Jon Waterhouse) Role: Co-Investigator – Oregon project Sponsor: Oregon State University Award Dates: 01-Apr-2016 – 31-Dec-2017 Award number: UW143B-A
  • Project title: Ames Research Center Cooperative For Research in Earth Science and Technology (ARC-CREST) (Jon Waterhouse) Role: Co-Investigator Sponsor: BAY AREA ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE Award Dates: 19-Oct-2016 – 18-Oct-2017 Award number: ASA-NNX12AD05A
  • Project title: Water Indigenous Network (Jon Waterhouse) Role: Principal Investigator Sponsor: Trust for Mutual Understanding Award Dates: 01-Jan-2017 – 31-Dec-2017 Award number: 6228

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  • Project title: Indigenous Peoples Programs (Jon Waterhouse) Role: Co-Investigator Sponsor: National Science Foundation Award Dates: 01-JUL-15 to 30-JUN-17 Award number: OCE-0424602

Wheeler, Claire - MD, PhD

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Senior Instructor II Community Health & Health Promotion Office PSU – URBN 471B Phone: (503) 475-2853
Biography

Claire Wheeler teaches several courses for undergraduate and graduate students within the School of Public Health, including the core course, Principles of Health Behavior.

In 2001, Wheeler completed a year-long associate fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Since then, her writing, speaking and scholarly work has been centered on the science and practice of mind-body medicine/psychoneuroimmunology as it informs healthcare at the clinical and community levels.

In addition to teaching, Wheeler has authored two books. The first, “10 Simple Solutions to Stress,” was published in 2007 and the second, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Belly Fat Weight Loss,” was published in 2013.  Wheeler is a frequent guest lecturer and workshop facilitator for continuing educational programs and public events throughout the United States and overseas.

Wheeler joined the faculty at PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs in 2005.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Physiology, University of California at Berkeley, 1985
M.D., Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, 1989
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1999

Awards and Honors
  • 2013/14, PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • 2011/12, PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • 2008, Oregon M.P.H. Program Excellence in Teaching Award

Whetsell, Dixie - MS, IBCLC

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Adjunct Faculty Graduate Certificate in Public Health, Lactation Concentration Office PSU – URBN 450 Phone: (503) 309-3204
Biography

Dixie Whetsell is an adjunct faculty member who began teaching lactation education courses in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in January 2016.  She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who has almost three decades of experience as a lactation educator and consultant.

After earning her M.S. in Community Health, Whetsell became a health educator for a county health department. After obtaining lactation training, she began providing lactation support through clinic and home visits. She later worked as a  lactation consultant in private practice, then for Legacy Health, providing lactation support in a hospital setting for in-patients and out-patients and for hospital staff and resident physicians. In 2003, she began teaching lactation education courses at Portland Community College and was the primary instructor there for 13 years.

Education, Degrees

M.S., University of Oregon, 1992
I.B.C.L.C., International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, 1998

White, Diana - PhD

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Senior Research Associate II PSUCommunity Health

Wiggins, Noelle - MS, PhD

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Adjunct Assistant Professor Health Promotion Phone: (503) 956-8658
Biography

Noelle Wiggins is an adjunct assistant professor of Community Health at PSU, where she teaches Community Organizing for Health, conducts reading and conference courses with master’s and doctoral level students, and mentors Master of Public Health field experience students. Wiggins is also founder and director of the Community Capacitation Center at the Multnomah County Health Department.

Wiggins has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and presented widely at national and international conferences on topics including community health workers, popular education and participatory evaluation. She is a co-founder of the Oregon Community Health Worker Association and a past president of the Oregon Public Health Association. She has consulted on multiple community health worker-related initiatives, including the Community Health Worker-Health Disparities Initiative of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. She also is an appointed member of the Traditional Health Worker Commission of the Oregon Health Authority.

Education, Degrees

B.A., History, Yale University, 1983
Elementary Teaching Certificate with Bilingual/ESL Certification, Western Oregon University, 1986
M.S., Health and Social Behavior, Harvard School of Public Health, 1997
Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, PSU, 2010

Notes
  • Principal Investigator, Youth Violence-Teen Dating Violence, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, $2,061,435, Period of support: 2016-2021.
  • Principal Investigator, Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $1,125,000, Period of support: 2011-2016.
  • Initiator, Manager, and Co-Grant Writer, Poder es Salud/Power for Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $1,500,000, Period of support: 2002-2006.
  • Co-Investigator, National Community Health Advisor Study, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Period of support: 1995-1997.

Winett, Liana - DrPH, MPH, MCHES

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Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Students & Community Engagement Dean’s Office Phone: 503-725 8262
Biography

Liana Winett is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Students & Community Engagement at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where she teaches graduate level courses in media advocacy and mass communication for public health. Dr. Winett has served on faculty and as an administrator since 2000. Prior to joining PSU, she was Research Coordinator for the Berkeley Media Studies Group.

Her research includes focus on how science, advocates, and the media talk about developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), childhood obesity, childhood lead poisoning, interpersonal violence, breast, cervical and prostate cancers, California’s Three Strikes incarceration initiative, the anthrax/bioterrorism scares of 2001, Oregon’s Measure 7, major causes of death in Oregon, and H1N1 influenza.

Education, Degrees

Dr.PH., University of California, Berkeley
M.P.H., University of California, Los Angeles
M.C.H.E.S., University of California, Los Angeles

Winthrop, Kevin - MD, MPH

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Professor Epidemiology & Epidemiology and Medicine Office OHSU – Gaines Hall 135 Phone: (503) 494-5496
Biography

Kevin L. Winthrop is a professor of public health and associate professor of infectious diseases and ophthalmology at the School of Public Health and School of Medicine at OHSU.

A former infectious disease epidemiologist in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Winthrop has co-authored over 150 publications, many regarding the epidemiologic and clinical aspects of opportunistic infections associated with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, particularly those related to biologic immunosuppressive therapies. Winthrop has served as a primary or senior investigator in many clinical or epidemiologic studies and has collaborated closely with the rheumatology community in the evaluation and prevention of opportunistic infections in that setting.

He is also a member of the graduate faculty at OHSU, where he mentors public health students, medical students, and physicians in post-graduate training.

Education, Degrees

M.P.H., Epidemiology, University of California at Berkeley, 2003
M.D., Oregon Health & Science University, 1998
B.A., Biology, Yale University, 1993

Awards and Honors
  • 2012, Gary D. Friedman Outstanding Paper Award, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program Division of Research
  • 2010, Richard T. Jones New Investigator Award, Medical Research Foundation of Oregon
  • 2004, Outstanding Unit Citation Award, United States Public Health Service, given for investigation of hepatotoxicity associated with a new tuberculosis treatment. Investigation resulted in new recommendations for the treatment of tuberculosis infection.
  • 2003, Commendation Medal, United States Public Health Service, given for national leadership in the surveillance, prevention and treatment of mycobacterial skin infections in the United States.
  • 2002, Outstanding Unit Citation Award, United States Public Health Service
Notes
  • RO1 FD005401 (Winthrop)   09/01/16 – 07/31/20
  • UM1 AR065705 (Curtis/Winthrop)09/01/14 – 08/01/19
  • ATS Junior Faculty (Henkle/Winthrop) 12/15/16 – 12/14/18
  • HHSN272201200005C (Topham) 12/13/11-12/12/18
  • 1013-OHSU (Winthrop) 05/01/15-04/30/16
  • Arikace TR02-112 4/12/12-11/20/15

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  • CST001_USA4 (Winthrop) 07/15/14 – 06/30/15
  • S-SRA   (Curtis/Winthrop)  7/1/2013 – 6/30/2015

Wipfli, Brad - PhD

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Assistant Professor Health Studies, Applied Health & Fitness, Health Promotion, Community Health Office PSU – URBN 450F Phone: (503) 725-5121
Biography

Brad Wipfli’s research concentrates on health promotion and health behavior change. He is interested in identifying effective behavioral and environmental change strategies that impact physical and mental health. He also investigates the ways in which changes in health behaviors impact physiological processes and clinical indicators of illness and disease.

Wipfli won the 2009 Dissertation of the Year award from the National Association of Sport and Physical Education for his work discovering that post-exercise improvements in depressive symptoms are mediated by reductions in serum serotonin. He has also been a part of several pioneering Total Worker Health interventions, including the groundbreaking Safety and Health Involvement for Truckers study, which is the largest health and safety intervention with truck drivers in U.S. history. He is currently leading an intervention aimed at improving health, safety, and well-being of workers in sedentary occupations (see here).

Education, Degrees

B.A., Carthage College, 2002
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2008

Awards and Honors
  • 2009, First Place, Best Practices Intervention Evaluation Competition (Olson, R., Anger, K., Elliot, D.L., Wipfli, B., Schmidt, S., & Gray, M.) APA/NIOSH Work, Stress and Health Conference
  • 2009, Dissertation of the Year, National Association for Sport and Physical Education
  • 2007, Douglas L. Conley Memorial Scholarship Award, Arizona State University Department of Kinesiology
Notes
  • NIOSH Center of Excellence (Anger, Center PI)  Oregon Healthy Workforce Center of Excellence Research Project: Multilevel Intervention to Improve Safety and Health in Sedentary Occupations Description: This project is a research project within the overall Center application. The study is designed to substantially improve health, safety, and well-being in sedentary workers, including physiological outcomes that contribute to chronic diseases. The project tests whether a multilevel intervention is more effective than single level interventions for increasing the utilization of existing health and safety resources.  Role: PI of Research Project
  • USAMRAA W81XWH-13-2-0020 (Leslie Hammer, PI) 2/08/13 – 2/07/18  Development and Evaluation of Veteran Supportive Supervisor Training (VSST): Improving Reintegration of the Oregon National Guard and Reserves into the Workplace Description: The major goal of this project is to develop and evaluate a veteran supportive supervisor training program for the civilian workforce to impact veteran and family health and well-being. Role: Co-Investigator
  • TREC – NITC (Liu-Qin Yang, PI) 4/01/16 to 10/01/17 How Do Stressed Workers Make Travel Choices that are Good for their Health, Safety, and Productivity? Description: This study will analyze two existing datasets to determine the psychological factors that impact commute choices, and examine how commute choices impact psychological and physiological stress responses to daily stressors. Role: Co-Investigator
  • NHLBI R01 HL105495 (Ryan Olson, PI) 4/01/11 to 3/31/16 Social Support During a Randomized Trial of a Trucker Weight Loss Intervention Description: Cluster randomized trial to evaluate the efficacy of a competition-based weight loss intervention for truck drivers that is supported with computer-based training and motivational interviewing. The study will also evaluate how social support factors in both home and work environments moderate intervention effectiveness. Role: Co-Investigator
  • NIOSH U19 OH010154 (Kent Anger, PI) 9/01/11 to 8/31/16 Oregon Healthy Workforce Center of Excellence  Description: Development and evaluation of a scripted peer-led curriculum to organize home care workers into neighborhood-based Workforce teams that provide education and social support for improving lifestyle (e.g., diet, exercise) and safety behaviors. Role: Collaborator
  • NIOSH 2U01 HD059773-05 (Leslie Hammer, PI)  9/01/08 to 7/31/14  Portland Center: Work Family and Health Network Phase II Description: Randomized multi-worksite evaluation of a multi-component intervention (including behavioral self-monitoring) to increase family-supportive supervisory behaviors and employee temporal control over job tasks. Role: Investigator

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  • NICHD U01 HD059773-05S1 (Leslie Hammer, PI) 9/30/09 to 9/29/11 Administrative Supplement, Work-Life Network Phase II Description: Administrative supplement award to enhance intervention effectiveness through the development of employee self-monitoring activities that are designed to increase co-worker supportive behaviors and employee temporal control over job tasks. Role: Investigator

Wolf, Shelly - MEd

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Associate Dean for Finance and Administration Dean’s Office Office OHSU – Gaines Hall Phone: 971-303-2770
Biography
Education, Degrees

B.A., University of Washington, 2000
M.Ed., Santa Clara University, 2010

Wyman, Andrew - BS

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Program Coordinator Applied Health & Fitness, Community Health, Health Management & Policy, Health Promotion, Health Studies, Health Systems & Policy Office PSU – URBN 450 Phone: 503-725-4401
Biography

Andrew is an administrator in the School of Public Health. He is currently the program support for the undergraduate programs and 4 of the graduate programs. He is housed on the PSU campus in the Urban Center on the 4th Floor.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Health Studies, Portland State University

Meet our Faculty

David Bangsberg

Founding Dean

Dr. Ryan Petteway – A People’s Social Epidemiologist

Assistant Professor
Office: PSU – URBN 470N