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Newly Admitted Students

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

Please join us for the 2021 Virtual New Student Orientation on Wednesday, September 22.

New Student VIRTUAL Orientation

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

[Note: the MPH Public Health Practice and Graduate Certificate in Public Health programs’ afternoon schedule differs from other programs – meets 2:15pm to 4:30 pm.]

PLEASE NOTE IMPORTANT UPDATES: Because we are still navigating the changing situation with Covid and the Delta variant, this event has been changed to be a virtual event via Zoom. The date and agenda remain the same, but the times, including the start time, now 9 a.m., have changed. Password-protected Zoom login links to the morning and afternoon sessions will be provided before the event, as will also be available on this page.

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 our New Student VIRTUAL Orientation for all incoming SPH students, graduate and undergraduate, on Wednesday, September 22.

New Student Orientation Links & Agenda


9 a.m. Welcome and Introduction to the School of Public Health 

Morning New Student Session Link

Meet your new Dean and faculty; learn more about each other and the School. You’ll learn how to navigate the School and where to find the important information you need to help make your experience at SPH rewarding and successful.

10:15 a.m. Break

An opportunity to take a walk, check your email, or grab another cup of coffee or tea!

10:30 a.m. Introduction to SPH Social Justice Framework

SPH Social Justice Framework Link

Social justice and health equity are central to our mission at SPH. In this special session, you’ll hear from our Associate Dean of Social Justice and learn about the School’s Anti-Racism Initiative. 

Please prepare for this important group discussion by reviewing the reading material below:

– Portland, the Whitest City in America

Open letter sent from SPH students to SPH Leadership Team in May 2020

– Dean Bangsberg’s message to the school about the antiracism initiative

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad (Available through the PSU library or other library systems.  You are not required or expected to buy this book.)

12:00 p.m. Lunch Break

Take a lunch break or combine it with the opportunity to visit online breakouts with representatives from Student Organizations and Clubs that you heard from earlier in the morning.

Student Leadership Council Link

Public Health Student Organization Link

Institute for Healthcare Improvement Link

Bridges Collaborative Care Clinic Link

1:00 p.m. Program-Specific Breakout Sessions
(Note: Session for the MPH Public Health Practice and Graduate Certificate Public Health programs starts at 2:15pm, and ends at 4:30pm.)

Meet with your Graduate Program Directors, Program Faculty, or your Undergraduate Academic & Career Advisors to learn more about what to expect in your area of study and ask questions you might have.

Undergraduate Program Session Link


Masters & Certificate Program Session Links



Environmental Systems & Human Health

Health Promotion

Health Management & Policy

Public Health Practice (Begins at 2:15pm)

Doctoral Program Session Links

Community Health


Health Systems & Policy

Have questions in the meantime? Email us at SPHComms@ohsu.edu.

COVID-19 and Fall Term 2021 - Students, Faculty and Staff have many questions about safety, classes and operations for Fall Term 2021. Please visit our COVID-19 information site, for the latest updates and links to public health requirements at both our partner universities.
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