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

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New Student Orientation

Greetings and welcome to
the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health! 

We are looking forward to meeting you this fall! Please save the date for the School of Public Health New Student Orientation for ALL new students, both graduate and undergraduate, on September 25  and please note that there is homework; see below for details.

Friday, September 25
School of Public Health New Student Virtual Orientation

Preliminary Agenda
9:00 am – 10:30 am    Welcome and Introduction to the School of Public Health

10:30 am – 11:00 am    Break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm    Introduction to SPH Social Justice Framework

We will be discussing the following books:

If possible, please read one or both before September 25. If you are not able to complete the books, please familiarize yourself with their topics by reviewing some of the many discussions, interviews, reviews, and reflections on the books available on the web. Here are some options we’ve found for you:



12:00 pm – 12:45 pm    Break; Opportunity to visit Student Organizations and Clubs

12:45 pm – 2:30 pm      Program-specific breakout sessions

Important: For Graduate Students Only

Please mark your calendars for the following additional New Student Orientation sessions for graduate students only:

  • Monday – Thursday, September 21 -24
    OHSU Unconscious Bias Trainings
    All SPH graduate students are required to complete a two-hour unconscious bias training session sponsored by OHSU’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Four separate time slots will be offered September 21-24. Sign up for a session through Compass, accessible from OHSU’s intranet (https://o2.ohsu.edu/) in late August/early September.
  • Monday, September 28
    OHSU New Student Virtual Orientation
    (Note: PSU does not have a New Student Orientation for graduate students)
    OHSU’s New Student Orientation is required for all new graduate students. It will be available in Compass beginning Monday, September 28, and will be available for subsequent viewing and completion until October 2.  You will have a chance to learn about OHSU’s student services and resources, and more.