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Intl/Global Health Epidemiology – EPI 567

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Biography

This course challenges students to apply epidemiological principles to address problems and diseases found in lower income nations and among displaced persons in the context of a matrix of social, political, economic, resource-poor, and ethical “environments.” Instructor will provide necessary background regarding health issues to stimulate discussion and analysis aimed at preventing or mitigating complex impediments to health.

Prerequisites:

  1. BSTA 511/611 Estimation & Hypothesis Testing -or- BSTA 525 Introduction to Biostatistics
  2. EPI 512 Epidemiology I

Intro Rsrch/Proposal Designs – EPI 540 / 640

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This course provides an introduction to research design and proposal writing. It builds upon concepts of epidemiology and biostatistics to enable students to develop a study plan to conduct public health research that is efficient, effective, and ethical. Writing a research proposal is a skill necessary in the professional practice of public health. During this course, students will prepare a written proposal that includes a concise statement of the research question, testable hypotheses, appropriate specific aims, and a plan of work. Students will learn how to formulate a logical argument to establish the significance of their question and to defend their approach. All of the elements of the study plan will be developed, including choice of design, sample size and power, sampling design and recruitment of subjects, measurement of predictor and outcome variables, control of bias and confounding, and statistical analysis. Limited time will be spent on an introduction to budget development and project management. The major product of the course is the completion of a research proposal, which will be prepared according to the submission requirements of a federal funding agency.

Doctoral students register in the EPI 640 section.

Recommended Prerequisite: EPI 512, “Epidemiology I”

Intro to the Etiology of Disease – PHE 519

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The biological and molecular bases of public health: the immune system, genomics, environmental exposures. The evidence-based role of biology in ecological models of population health, its integration in disease prevention and control policies and programs. Effects of behavior on biology. Legal, social, ethical issues will be considered.

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.

 

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.

Introduction to Probability – BSTA 550

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This course is designed to introduce histroy, concepts and distributions in probability, Monte Carlo simulation techniques, and Markov chains. Students will also learn how to write R codes for various statistical computations and plots. Previous experience in R is not required. R is free software available from http://www.r-project.org.

Prerequisites: One year of calculus (2 semesters or 3 quarters).

Izumi, Betty - PhD, MPH, RD

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Associate Professor & Program Director for MPH Health Promotion Health Studies and Health Promotion Office PSU – URBN 450K Phone: (503) 725-5102
Biography

Betty Izumi is a registered dietitian and associate professor in the School of Public Health. Her research focuses on issues at the intersection of nutrition, sustainability and health equity. She uses a community-based participatory research approach to explore the question: Can diet quality and health be improved among underserved individuals in such a way that promotes vibrant and resilient local food systems?

She is the principal investigator for Harvest for Healthy Kids, a nutrition intervention developed in partnership with Mt. Hood Community College Head Start and Early Head Start. Harvest for Healthy Kids connects children in early care and education settings to local agriculture through classroom education, food service modification and family engagement. In 2016, Harvest for Healthy Kids was awarded the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Nutrition Education Program Impact Award.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of British Columbia, 1998
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 2000
R.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2001
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2008

Awards and Honors
  • 2017, Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award (Japan)
  • 2016, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Mid-Career Professional Achievement Award
  • 2016, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Nutrition Education Program Impact Award for Harvest for Healthy Kids
  • 2013, Portland State University College of Urban and Public Affairs Craig Wollner Memorial Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty
  • 2012, Portland State University Civic Engagement Award for Excellence in Community-based Research

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James, Kenneth - PhD

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Professor Emeritus Biostatistics
Biography

Dr. James has a faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in the Biostatistics programs. Prior to retirement in 2008, he used to teach Clinical Trials Methods and Management in the spring from 1993 to 2002.

Dr. James joined the OHSU School of Medicine’s former Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine as an Associate Professor in July of 1993. He also held a joint appointment as Senior Biostatistician for the Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program, which funded clinical trials conducted within the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also provided biostatistical consulting to medical investigators at the Portland VA Medical Center and OHSU. He was promoted to Professor in August of 2000. Dr. James retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs in January 2003 and continued to work as a consulting biostatistician at OHSU and the VA National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research until his retirement from OHSU in November 2008. He was awarded the honor of Professor Emeritus in June 2009.

Education, Degrees

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1969
M.S., University of Minnesota, 1967
B.S., Walla Walla College, 1965

 

Johnson, Richard - MS, PhD

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Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor Environmental Systems & Human Health; Primary Health Care & Health Disparities; Public Health Practice Office OHSU – CSB 652 Phone: (503) 346-3432
Biography

In September 2018, Dr. Richard Johnson became the Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Johnson is also Professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH) at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland Oregon.

He received his BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Washington and his MS and PhD degrees from the Oregon Graduate Institute (now part of OHSU). Dr. Johnson has been a faculty member at OHSU since 1985. He teaches in the areas of public health relating to climate change, drinking water availability, chemical and transport and fate in the environment and restoration of sites contaminated by industrial and other sources. His research interests involve forecasting of water quality in rivers to protect drinking water sources, development of diagnostic tool for groundwater restoration, and vulnerability of groundwater sources of drinking water.

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Education, Degrees

B.S., University of Washington, 1973
M.S., Oregon Graduate Institute, 1981
Ph.D., Oregon Graduate Institute, 1985

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Kaufman, Deborah - MA

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Senior Instructor Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 471A Phone: (503) 725-5479
Biography

Debbie sees her role in our undergraduate program as challenging students to critically examine the status quo and create innovative solutions to public health problems. She has been teaching Drug Education and related courses for over a decade, and developed and teaches Marketing Public Health, which is based on her work in public health advocacy prior to coming to academia. Most recently, Debbie has turned her research and critical lens on the impact of weight bias and stigma on the public’s health, and integrating body size diversity into our work on equity, intersectionality and inclusiveness.

Prior to coming to PSU and the School of Public Health, Debbie worked for 17 years in the non-profit community in Portland, including five years in statewide tobacco control advocacy efforts. She also managed the implementation of a Kellogg Foundation grant in support of school-based health care in Oregon. In 2014, she was a Multnomah County Public Health Hero nominee.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of Oregon, 1981
M.A., Portland State University, 1996

Kim, Hyunjee - PhD

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Research Assistant Professor
Biography

Dr. Kim has a secondary appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Research Assistant Professor in the Health Systems Management and Policy programs, primarily Health Systems & Policy. In this role, Professor Kim’s work includes guest lecturing and teaching courses, mentoring and supervising SPH students, graduate research assistant or student work opportunities, offer consultations on specific topics of expertise, collaborate on research with SPH primary faculty and/or students, serve on a dissertation committee, and maintain involvement in selected SPH committees.

Professor Kim is a Research Assistant Professor and has a primary appointment in the Center for Health Systems Effectiveness in the OHSU Department of Medicine.

Education, Degrees

 

B.S., Ewha Woman’s University, South Korea, 2004
M.S., University of Michigan, 2011
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2013

King, Valerie - MPH, MD

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Professor Office South Waterfront – Moody Building, Suite 250 Phone: (503) 494-8694
Biography

Dr. Valerie King has a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the graduate level Health Management & Policy and Health Systems & Policy programs. In this role her work includes mentoring students and participating on dissertation committees.

In addition to this commitment to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. King is the Director of Research for the Center for Evidence-based Policy (Center) and Professor of Family Medicine at OHSU’s School of Medicine. Currently, she oversees research methods across several clinical evidence, and policy implementation research projects at the Center. The Center conducts systematic evidence and policy reviews, and provides health system design services, and primary research to approximately half of the U.S. states’ Medicaid programs. The Center has served as a training site for PSU and OHSU learners, including doctoral level graduate research assistants and Hatfield Fellows, with Dr. King actively involved in their mentorship and career development. Dr. King maintains a teaching clinical practice devoted to women’s health, maternal and newborn care. She is involved locally, nationally and internationally with teaching and research on women’s health, maternity care, and epidemiological review and guideline methodology. King is also actively involved with the Cochrane Collaboration and is a co-convener of its Rapid Review Method Group.

A cum laude graduate of the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), she also completed residency training in both Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine and a Master’s degree in Epidemiology at UNC. Dr. King was the residency director for the Joint Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine Residency program at OHSU from 2007 until its closure in 2018, and the principal investigator for a residency training grant that instituted advanced improvement science and health policy training into the residency curriculum.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Lewis & Clark College, 1982
M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991
Resident, Department of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991-1994
M.P.H., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997
Resident, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999-2000

Awards and Honors
  • 2013, Chair’s Award, Outstanding Contribution in Teaching and Mentoring, OHSU School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
  • 2002-07, Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Scholar
  • 1998-99, Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy
  • 1995-97, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar

Koreishi, Safina - MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor
Biography

Dr. Koreishi has an affiliate appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in the Health Systems Management and Policy programs, primarily Health Systems & Policy. In this role, Professor Koreishi’s work includes mentoring or advising PhD students in HSP and teaching classes.

Dr. Koreishi also holds an Adjunct Assistant Professor appointment in OHSU Family Medicine. She holds experiences in health care transformation, health systems development, and has spent her career in underserved medicine and medical leadership.

Education, Degrees

M.P.H., Portland State University, 2009
M.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2005
B.A., Washington University at St. Louis, 2001

Korthuis, Todd - MD, MPH

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Professor Epidemiology
Biography

Dr. Todd Korthuis has a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role his work includes mentoring students and collaborating on research with primary faculty.

In addition to his work in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), he serves as Program Director for the OHSU Addiction Medicine Fellowship and Co-Director of the Oregon Addiction Education and Prevention Initiative that provides training and support for rural primary care providers in pharmacotherapy for substance use disorders.

Dr. Korthuis is a general internist, addiction medicine specialist, and clinician scientist. He completed a health services research fellowship and MPH at University of California Los Angeles and began his clinical career treating patients living with HIV and became board-certified in addiction medicine in 2010. His research focuses on improving integration of addiction treatment in diverse health care settings, including primary care, HIV clinic, and rural settings.

Education, Degrees

M.P.H., University of California Los Angeles, 2002
M.D., University of Health Science/Chicago Medical School, 1991
B.S., Azusa Pacific University, 1986

Awards and Honors

2012-2013, Fulbright Scholar award to study integration of HIV and addiction care in Vietnam
2008, Lawrence S. Linn Award for research that improves the lives of people living with HIV

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  • PI for four multi-site, NIH-funded opioid use disorder trials:
    • CTN-0067 CHOICES trial of extended-release naltrexone in North American HIV clinics
    • BRAVO trial of buprenorphine for opioid use disorder in Vietnam HIV clinics
    • Oregon HOPE study to improve engagement in opioid use disorder treatment in rural Oregon counties
    • PROUD-R2 trial to support retention in people with opioid use disorder in rural Oregon, Ohio, and Kentucky
  • Co-PI for the Western States Node of the National Institute of Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network that conducts clinical trials of opioid, methamphetamine, and cocaine use disorders
  • Served as national lead investigator for CTN-0055 and CTN-0067

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Labisierre, Yves - PhD

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Associate Professor Community Health Office PSU – URBN 470F Phone: (503) 358-3568
Biography

 

Yves Labissiere is a social psychologist who works to understand how race, identity, language, difference, power and privilege play a role in education and health systems. His aim is to develop strategies that heal and empower individuals and transform systems.

He has studied the health effects of gentrification and residential displacement on black men in Portland, and has worked on curriculum for Portland State University’s EXITO program, which works to build infrastructure to support underrepresented students interested in the health sciences. He works on a project with the Portland Police Bureau to test how positive police-community interactions might help address crime and build trust. He is also working on a new project with Portland police to better understand how police work with, or could better work with, mental health professionals when they encounter calls that involve people who may need mental health help.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Yale University, 1987
Ph.D., University of California, 1996

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  • 2014-2017. National Institutes of Health Build: EXITO, Co-Investigator
  • 2014-2016. Portland Police Bureau Neighborhood Involvement Locations (NI-Loc) Project: Community Assessment Survey, Portland (OR) Police Bureau, $150,000, Co-Principle Investigator.
  • 2014 Oregon Gear Up: College Ahead Program Grant (CAP), $62,500, Co-Principle Investigator.
  • 2014-2019. Oregon Gear Up: Mobilizing for College Partnership, $569,600, Co-Principle Investigator.
  • 2014. Cambia Health Foundation: Creating Trust Infrastructure for Emerging Workforce (Community Health Workers) $250,000, Co-Principle Investigator.
  • 2013. Oregon Community Compact AmeriCorps VISTA Grant–Portland State University– Roosevelt High School, Co-principle Investigator.

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  • Department of Health and Human Services—President Faith Based Initiative–Compassion Capital Fund Research Program, Comparing Faith Based and Community based treatment services among Latino Immigrants and African-Americans in Miami (2002-2004), $210,662 Co-Principle Investigator.
  • Faculty Development Grant–PSU Foundation–Portland State University–Understanding the effects of gentrification and Health $9,000, Co-Principle Investigator.

Lambert, William - PhD

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Emeritus Associate Professor Epidemiology and Environmental Systems & Human Health Office OHSU – CSB 676 Phone: (503) 494-9488
Biography

William Lambert has more than 25 years experience as a researcher and teacher in epidemiology and the environmental health sciences. Since arriving at OHSU in 2000, Lambert has conducted health research on the toxins in salmon and subsistence fish eaten by Columbia River tribes, organophosphate exposure and cognitive health effects in the children of farmworkers, and investigated sick building illness outbreaks and cancer clusters. His research currently focuses on prevention and management of childhood asthma.

Lambert has served as chair of the Board of Directors for the Josiah Hill III Clinic (providing free child blood lead screening) and chair of the Air Toxics Science Advisory Committee for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. He was Director of Education for the OHSU Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine from 2009-2015,  guiding the expansion and improvement of masters degree training programs in epidemiology and biostatistics.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1975
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1994

Awards and Honors
  • 2011, 2015, Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Mentorship, OHSU Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine
  • 2011, Leaving a Legacy Award, Josiah Hill III Clinic
  • 2010, Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, Oregon Master of Public Health Program
  • 1999, Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, University of New Mexico Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program
  • 1999, Life Saver Award, American Cancer Society
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  • 1U48 DP005006 (Becker, Thomas) Sep 30, 2014 – Sep 29, 2019  CDC  The Center for Healthy Communities: Dissemination, Implementation, and Evaluation of Native STAND in American Indian Communities  Role: Principal Investigator of the Center’s Core Research Project
  • 1 R01 HD062478 (Guise, Jeanne-Marie)  Aug 10, 2010 – May 31, 2015  NICHD/NINR/NIMH/AHRQ  Epidemiology of Preventable Safety Events in Pre-hospital EMS for Children  Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • YEPMP0037A (Lambert, William) Sep 1, 2009 to August 31, 2012  DHHS/OPHS  Nurturing Healthy and Empowered Youth in American Indian Communities Role: Principal Investigator
  • U48 DP001937 (Becker, Thomas) Sep 30, 2009-Sep 29, 2014  CDC  The Center for Healthy Communities: Listen-4-Life  Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • R21 DC008077-01 (Martin, William)  NIH/NIDOCD  April 1, 2006 – Mar 31, 2008  Tribal Community-Based Prevention of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss and Tinnitus  Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • 1 R25 ES11074-01 (Lambert, William)  NIEHS  Sep 1, 2002 – Jun 30, 2006  Contaminated Subsistence Fish: A Yakama Nation Response  Role: Principal Investigator

Lapidus, Jodi - PhD

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Professor & Director of Biostatistics Education Office OHSU – CSB 644
Biography
Education, Degrees

Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1998

Publications
  • 2 R24 MD002763-06 (Lapidus) 05/28/2008 – 01/31/2017. Native Children Always Ride Safe (CARS) Study. Role: Principal Investigator
  • 8 UL1 TR00128 07 (Ellison) 07/01/2011 – 06/30/2017. Oregon Clinical and Translational Science Institute (OCTRI). Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute (OCTRI). Role: Core Program Director
  • 4UH3 TR000903-03 (Saugstad) 08/01/2013 – 07/31/2017. Clinical Utility of MicroRNAs as Diagnostic Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease. Role: Biostatistician