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Fall 2020 Academic Updates

To our School of Public Health students, faculty, and staff,

Our SPH community makes us proud each and every year, and we look forward to starting the new academic year with great energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to making this world a better and more equitable place, for all.

The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to rethink how we teach and how we learn. Our two universities, Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University, are following public health guidelines for COVID-19 and taking all possible steps to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

As a result, when our classes begin this fall, both undergraduate and graduate courses will continue to be taught remotely. This past spring and over the summer, our faculty has been working to make remote learning as good as it possibly can be for all of us, working together to develop ways to make their virtual classroom experiences both positive and productive learning environments for all of you.

While the offices at the School of Public Health will be physically closed until further notice, our staff is working remotely. Don’t hesitate to reach out to sphcomms@ohsu.edu or to sphadmin@psu.edu with any specific questions or concerns.

If you have any questions about what the fall course format adaptations mean for you or your academic program, please reach out to your Academic Advisor or Program Director, or to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Rick Johnson (johnsori@ohsu.edu), Associate Dean of Student Affairs Liana Winett (lwinett@pdx.edu), or Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs Belinda Zeidler (zeidlerb@pdx.edu).  If you feel you may need assistance with accessibility to support your success, please contact Associate Dean of Student Affairs Liana Winett (lwinett@pdx.edu).

In addition, both of our partner universities are providing students with academic support, technology needs, health & counseling services, and other resources to help you succeed with remote classes during Fall Term. Please follow these links to find helpful information for graduate students at Oregon Health & Science University and for undergraduate students at Portland State University.