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

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Newly Admitted Students

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

We are looking forward to meeting you this fall!

Registration for new students begins June 20th.

Join us for the SPH New Student Orientation

For all new undergraduate and graduate students

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
9:00am – 2:30pm (tentative)
Smith Memorial Student Union
Portland State University Campus

Details to come — view details of last year’s virtual orientation here

Getting Started at the School of Public Health:
A Guide for New Graduate Students 

Important Dates

June 20, 2022 – Registration opens for new School of Public Health students
September 21, 2022  –  School of Public Health New Student Orientation
September 26, 2022  –  OHSU New Student Orientation and ID badge distribution
September 26, 2022  –  Fall classes begin

Quick Guide to Resources and Webpages

Wondering where to find something, fast? Consult this list of popular pages.

Tech Guides (Coming Soon)

FAQ (Coming Soon)

We know you have questions!  We’ll post answers to frequently asked questions here. 

Getting Started Checklist – Must-do Action Items

Students in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health are students at both OHSU and PSU, and take classes at both institutions. You will study with faculty from both universities, engage with students from a wide range of health-related disciplines and allied professions across OHSU and PSU, and enjoy access to the resources of both institutions. We are so excited that you will be joining us this fall!

Until then, there is a lot to do to prepare! Besides registering for class, you will need to review  essential information, and take care of administrative requirements and tech setup for both universities. As as student in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, you will have two student IDs, two student email addresses, and two university network accounts, in order to allow you ready access to courses and resources at both universities. It is very important that you establish your student account at each university prior to the beginning of the fall term.

That is where this checklist comes in — use it to stay on track. There are slightly different checklists, depending on which academic program you are entering. Find the checklist for your program and read it carefully, and being sure to complete each action item by the date listed. Use  can use the hyperlinks (coming soon!) in the checklist’s table of contents to jump directly to a given section.

Activate your OHSU student account*

You should have received an OHSU Student ID Number and PIN via two separate, secure e-mails. Your Student ID and PIN grant you access to OHSU’s Student Information System (SIS), an interactive application where you can register for class, view grades, and more*. If you do not have your ID number, contact sphregistration@ohsu.edu.  If you do not have your PIN, call the OHSU Helpdesk at 503-494-2222.

Log in to SIS and change your PIN. Once you have logged in, click on “Student Services,” then either “Registration” or “Student Services,” and click on any menu item.  The next screen will list your Student ID, which is also your User ID.  Follow the menu prompts to establish your account information.

*Special note only for students in the dual MPH/MSW and MPH/MURP program: You are the exception to the rule — although you need to set up an OHSU student account, you will never register for class in SIS.  All of your registration will always be through PSU Banweb.

Register for Coursework

For an overview of registration, please review the School of Public Health’s course registration webpage.

What to register for:
Please register for the courses specified for your academic program in the document, “New Student Info: Fall 2022 Course Plans (what to register for).” Your program has priority registration for those courses.

What is priority registration?: The priority registration system is meant to ensure you can get into the classes you need in a predictable order, so that you can finish your degree in a timely manner. To that end, each SPH program has a quarter in which its students have priority registration for certain required courses. Priority registration is only open for a limited time (typically 2 weeks, longer during fall registration), and once priority registration ends, students from other programs may register. That means that courses may fill up– so it is important that you register promptly, and that you make every attempt to follow the course plans laid out in the Fall 2022 Course Plans document (and in your academic Program Guide thereafter), as your program has priority registration for the courses specified during those terms.

While there is some flexibility to take courses in alternate terms, we can only hold space for you during your prioritized registration term, during the priority registration period.  If you wait to register until after the priority period, or decide to take a course in another term, we cannot guarantee you a spot.

The Fall 2022 priority registration period closes July 18, 2022. But don’t wait — register as soon as you able. 🙂

What are Program Guides, and where can I find them? SPH academic Program Guides, which include your required curriculum and recommended course sequencing, are being updated for the 2022-2023 academic year. In the meantime, you may refer to last year’s program guides, as no significant changes are expected. Guides will be finalized by the beginning of the new academic year.

Links are here: Certificate Guides  MPH and MS Guides  PhD Guides.

How to Register – Instructions for dual MPH/MSW and MPH/MURP students only

You will register for School of Public Health courses directly through PSU’s Banweb, just as you do for your MSW courses. Instructions are here: https://www.pdx.edu/registration/how-register.
In future terms, you may need to register for SPH courses that are only offered through OHSU. These courses do not appear in PSU Banweb, so you will not be able to register for them without assistance. For assistance registering for SPH courses offered through OHSU, please contact sphregistration@ohsu.edu.

How to Register: Instructions for all other grad students

Log in to SIS using your OHSU Student ID number and password to register for School of Public Health classes. Navigate to “Registration Home” and select Add/Drop Classes.  Select the Fall 2022 term, then search for classes by subject. Full registration instructions can be found on the OHSU Registrar’s webpage here: https://www.ohsu.edu/education/student-self-service.

Submit a photo and information for your OHSU ID badge*

Your OHSU Student ID badge will be prepared in advance and available for you to pick at OHSU Orientation, provided that all of your pre-entrance badging requirements are complete by Thursday, September 8. Pre-entrance badging requirements can be identified by the presence of an asterisk in this checklist.  This is one of those requirements. 🙂

Students may elect to have their preferred first name, such as a nickname, as well as their preferred pronouns, displayed on their badge. In addition, anyone with an active OHSU ID Badge is eligible for an annual HOP transit pass (TriMet or C-TRAN depending on your residence), subsidized more than 70% by OHSU off retail price.

Please complete the badge information form linked here: [LINK TO COME].  You will be asked to upload a passport style photo of yourself that meets the following requirements:

  • Please save your photo by name: Legal last name, Legal first name.
  • File size: Less than 170KB
  • Picture size: 200×250 pixels
  • File Type: jpeg or png
  • Portrait orientation
  • In color
  • Plain or off-white background
  • Full face view directly facing camera
  • Taken from top of shoulders up
  • Taken within the last 6 months
  • Decent lighting (be aware of shadows obscuring the face)

Not acceptable (photos may be rejected): .pdf files, photos embedded in Word docs, pictures of photos, sideways/rotated photos; non-neutral backgrounds (i.e. a bush, a brick wall, any sort of scenery); large file/picture size; hats/sunglasses (exception: Hijabs or other religious head covering); waist up/full body photos

Complete your OHSU immune status form*

Gather all required immunization records per OHSU’s Pre-Entrance Immunization Requirements and submit this info using the form and instructions found on the Student Health and Wellness Center’s (SHW) website at https://www.ohsu.edu/education/student-health-and-wellness-center. You should submit the form, even if incomplete, by May 20, and update as necessary.  All immunization-related requirements, including review of your immunization status by SHW, must be complete before the term begins, and your Covid-19 immunization compliance must be confirmed 3 weeks prior. If you think your compliance might be delayed, or have additional questions, please contact SHW at shwcompliance@ohsu.edu, 503-494-8665.

A special note regarding COVID-19: Admission into OHSU academic programs are considered conditional until proof of full vaccination is provided or a medical or religious exception is approved by OHSU. If students have not met the COVID-19 policy requirements 21 days prior to the start of their academic program, their conditional offer of admission to OHSU will be withdrawn and they will be unable to take courses or start their programs of study or other academic activities.

Initiate your OHSU background check*

All SPH students must complete a confidential background check.  Your name and email address will be provided to Advanced Reporting, OHSU’s security vendor. Watch for a request in late August from “automation at instascreen.net,” with specific instructions on initiating your background check.  The base fee for the background check is $35, but the exact amount will vary based on where you have lived prior to enrolling in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. The cost for students who have lived abroad in the past seven years can be significantly higher, and the check can take longer to complete. Your background check must be complete and approved before the term begins – so please begin as soon as you receive the request.

Set up OHSU network access, enroll in 2-factor authentication, and download the Citrix web portal

Complete online OHSU pre-entrance learning modules*

OHSU’s online training modules are intended to orient you to important university policies, and are required for all SPH students. Allow between two and four hours for completion.

Once you have OHSU network access, you will be able to access COMPASS, OHSU’s online learning management system.  Login and navigate to OHSU’s Intranet, at https://o2.ohsu.edu/, then click on the Compass icon in your shortcut menu, or type “compass” into the search bar to access the system.  Complete the following modules:

  1. Respect at the University
  2. Integrity Foundations
  3. Information Privacy and Security Essentials (IPS)

Review health and dental insurance plans; apply for waivers, if desired

Choose your student health services center

Attend the School of Public Health New Student Orientation on Wednesday, September 21.

 

Set up PSU network access and enroll in 2-factor authentication

Check your OHSU and PSU email accounts and establish your email management strategy

Get to know WebEx and Zoom

Document compliance with PSU’s Covid-19 policy

Attend OHSU Orientation on Monday, September 26

Get your student IDs and transit passes

Get your textbooks

New Graduate Student Checklist

Activate your OHSU Student Account

You should have received an OHSU Student ID Number and PIN via two separate, secure e-mails.

Your Student ID number and PIN grant you access to OHSU’s Student Information System (SIS, also called “Student Self-Service”), an interactive application where you can register for class, view grades, and more. If you do not have your student ID number, please contact sphregistration@ohsu.edu. If you do not have your PIN, contact the OHSU Helpdesk at 503-494-2222 or via email at helpdesk@ohsu.edu.

Log in to SIS and change your PIN. Once you have logged in, click on “Student Services,” then either “Registration” or “Student Services,” and click on any menu item. The next screen will list your Student ID, which is also your User ID. Follow the menu prompts to establish your account information.

Register for Coursework

What to register for
Please register for the courses indicated in the document, “New Student Info: Fall 2021 Course Plans (what to register for).” Note: Every SPH program has a quarter in which its students have priority registration for certain required courses. It is important that you register promptly, and that you make every attempt to follow the term-by-term course plans laid out in the Fall 2021 Course Plans document (and in your academic Program Guide thereafter), as your program has priority registration for the courses specified during those terms.

SPH academic Program Guides, which include your required curriculum and recommended course sequencing, are being updated for the 2021-2022 academic year, and will be provided to you prior to the beginning of the fall term, as will advising information. In the meantime, you can view your program’s draft 2021-22 course sequencing (if available) on the SPH website, and refer to last year’s program guides for general requirements, as curriculum has not changed significantly. Guides will be finalized by the beginning of the new academic year. Links are here: Certificate Guides MPH and MS Guides PhD Guides.

Priority registration is only open for a limited time (typically 2 weeks). Once priority registration ends, students from other programs may register. While there is some flexibility to take courses in alternate terms, we can only hold space for you during your prioritized registration term, during the priority registration period. If you wait to register until after the priority period, or decide to take a course in another term, we cannot guarantee you a spot.

How to Register:
Log in to SIS using your Student ID number and PIN to register for School of Public Health classes. Navigate to “Registration Home” and select Add/Drop Classes. Select the Fall 2021 term, then search for classes by subject. Full registration instructions can be found on the OHSU Registrar’s webpage here: https://www.ohsu.edu/education/student-self-service.

Submit a photo and information for your OHSU ID badge*

Complete your OHSU immune status form*

Initiate your OHSU background check*

Set up OHSU network access, enroll in 2-factor authentication, and download the Citrix web portal

Complete OHSU online pre-entrance learning modules

Review health and dental insurance plans; apply for waivers, if desired

Choose your student health services center

Attend the School of Public Health New Student Orientation on Wednesday, September 21

Set up PSU network access and enroll in 2-factor authentication

Check your OHSU and PSU email accounts and establish your email management strategy

Get to know WebEx and Zoom

Document compliance with PSU's Covid-19 policy

Attend OHSU New Student Orientation on Monday, September 26

Get your student IDs and transit passes

Get your textbooks