With a focus on healthy populations rather than individuals, public health professionals seek to understand the social, economic and other factors that are at the foundation of health disparities, and then work to decrease those disparities. One of the strengths of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health is the field work that all students are required to perform to help tackle a public health problem. The “field experience” gives students an invaluable opportunity to apply skills and knowledge they’ve learned in their course work to real-world settings.
Students work with School of Public Health faculty and researchers or with public health professionals who are part of the school’s network of local and regional partners — including clinics and governmental and nonprofit agencies. This network offers students a wealth of opportunity for hands-on learning and insights for future employment.