Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and Portland State University (PSU) School of Public Health

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COVID-19 & Wildfire Resources & Support

Oregon Wildfire Information & Resources

Public Resources

  • Information on fires and support resources statewide are updated regularly by the Cascade Centers.
  • The fires have caused air quality to become unhealthy in many areas. Visit airnow.gov for updates and additional information
  • 211Info Portland 211 uses a database of health and service organizations to connect people in Oregon and Southwest Washington with the community resources they need, from emergency management to housing/shelter and food assistance.from offers 

On Campus

  • The University Place Hotel and Conference Center, owned and operated by Portland State University has shelter for those evacuating the fires that are impacting our state. When contacting the hotel, please mention that you are a current PSU student, faculty, or and staff, and need a place to evacuate.  too.  When making your reservation and at check-in, please bring your have a valid PSU ID. .Rooms are available to the PSU community on a first come, first serve basis. 
  • There are a number of resources available for OHSU employees and students including hotel rooms for evacuees.  Spark Work Life, is available to work through any challenges you may be experiencing. 
  • PSU’s Employee Assistance Program and OHSU’s  Spark Work Life provides confidential support and assistance, including access to evacuation shelters, temporary housing, food, and other basic needs, or places where livestock can be safely moved. 
  • The OHSU Student Health and Wellness Center also has a number of resources for students, as does PSU’s Student Health and Counseling.

COVID-19 Campus Information

The School of Public Health is following the policies and guidelines of our two partner universities.

SPH graduate students at OHSU, please visit these OHSU Health and Wellness Services and COVID-19 Sites. There is a FAQ page for OHSU students. 

For both SPH graduate and undergraduate students at PSU, please visit the Portland State University Response Site  and the PSU Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC)There is a FAQ page for PSU students.

Academic Resources

Fall Term classes at both OHSU and PSU will be taught in virtual formats. In addition, all Field Experience/Practice Experience/Internships will be conducted remotely. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your practice coordinator/graduate advisor/undergraduate internship coordinator (as appropriate to your program).

PSU has launched two new important websites for students. The first is a guide to a remote Fall Term, with valuable links to information on Financial Aid, Housing, the Library, and more. The second site is a guide to the technology available on campus to help students be successful at remote learning. 

OHSU maintains a student guide to remote learning on Student Central, accessible via the O2 Intranet (login required), that outlines key strategies and resources for learning online.

Stay Connected and support your fellow SPH students on the OHSU-PSU SPH Student Leadership Council’s Facebook page.

On-Campus Health Information

The OHSU Student Health and Wellness Center and the PSU Student Health and Counseling Center (SHAC) will provide both phone consultations and crisis support. 

Telehealth appointments are available. Visit their websites for more services and contact information. 

Technology Support


Check out the new guide to all of the campus technology available, mentioned above,to students at PSU to help you be successful at learning remotely in our new virtual classrooms.

As part of the coronavirus/COVID-19 response, PSU will no longer be offering in-person support at the Office of Information Technology (OIT) Helpdesk, starting Wednesday March 18. Technical teams will continue to provide support through the PSU Help Center at go.pdx.edu/help, by phone from 8 a.m. to midnight daily at 503-725-4357, and through chat sessions.

The PSU Virtual Computer Lab is now available. OIT’s Virtual Computer Lab enables students to use a personal device (such as a laptop, desktop, phone, or tablet) to connect to virtual computers that run a selection of academic software applications, at any time and from any location (both on and off campus). To learn more, visit the Virtual Computer Lab help article in the PSU Help Center.


OHSU’s Quickstart Guide to Remote Learning, accessilble from the O2 Intranet (login required) provides information to get you connected and keep you productive from your personal computer. If you have previously accessed student resources remotely, you can continue to use those methods.

OHSU’s Information Technology Group (ITG) works 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, but phones are answered seven days a week, 24 hours a day for support. Call 503-494-2222.

Veterans' Support

Important news for Veterans
A recent federal bill was recently passed which allows the Department of Veterans Affairs to waive the  requirement for veterans who are students and who wish to receive their full benefits to physically attend class once a week for 1 hour …  and attend all mid-terms and finals in person …” Veterans can now attend remote learning classes without risk to their benefits.

Resources for Student Veterans
Portland State University welcomes veterans, active service members and their families. We provide specialized support and services to help veteran students achieve their academic goals. 

Visit the PSU Student Veterans resource page connects Student Veterans with benefits and resources available to help with both financial and academic support. 

The PSU Veterans Center provides help for veterans’ transition from military to student life. The Center connects Student Veterans with student services and peer support. The Center also hosts events, shares resources, and creates an inclusive and welcoming environment for veterans from all backgrounds.