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About Our School

Two Universities With One Mission

Two of Oregon’s leading universities have joined forces to train the next generation of public health leaders. Oregon Health & Science University is known internationally for groundbreaking and life-saving research in cancer and medicine. Portland State University is a national model for community engagement and academic innovation. Together, the two universities offer unmatched opportunity for students to learn in the classroom and in real-world settings.

Our Vision

Promoting a healthy, equitable, and just society

Our School of Public Health will lead in advancing a healthy, equitable society through community engagement, education, research, scholarship, and service.

Our Mission

Educate future public health leaders and advance public health scholarship and practice in collaboration with our communities to promote health and social equity

Uniting the cultures and resources of Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University, the School of Public Health educates future public health leaders and advances public health scholarship through creative research, innovative educational practices, and sustained engagement with community partners.

OHSU-PSU SPH Strategic Plan

The School of Public Health’s strategic plan is a dynamic document developed through an iterative process involving faculty, staff, students, and administration of the School. As shown below, the strategic plan builds from the School’s vision, mission, values, and goals.

Strategic Plan

Our Values

The values of the School of Public Health guide our community-engaged education, research, scholarly, and service activities.


Promoting diversity, equity, and cultural humility in our institutions and communities.


Uniting the strengths of our two institutions through creative education, research, and sustained community engagement.


Connecting perspectives, strategies, and methods across institutions, disciplines, and communities.


Practicing ethical principles, transparency, and empathy.


Advancing health, justice, and social equity in our city, state, and the world.

Our Goals


Advance a social justice and health equity-centered public health workforce.

Scholarship & Creative Activity

Create innovations that drive impactful social justice and health equity-focused transformation.


Sustain and grow community partnerships that center social justice and health equity.

Healthy and Sustainable Organization

Cultivate a thriving organization grounded in social justice and health equity.

Meet Our SPH Leadership

The leadership of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health is committed to ensure our graduates have the knowledge, skills, dedication, and passion to become the next generation of public health practitioners and leaders.

Support the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health


Building on 24 years of accredited public health partnership, the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health continues a tradition of success.

Our Accreditations

SPH Committees

The Committees of the SPH are dedicated to driving the schools vision in advancing equitable public health.

See our Committees

SPH Councils

Councils serve as sources of information and guidance for faculty and students to contribute to the governance of the SPH.

See our Councils

Expert Faculty

Our faculty are experts in a wide range of public health disciplines as researchers, educators, advisers and leaders in public health.

Meet the Faculty

Programs & Degrees

We offer flexible degrees as well as dual master’s degree programs in social work, medicine, and urban and regional planning.

Public Health Programs

SPH News

Follow the SPH for the latest articles, published research, health communications, and events about the community.

Latest Public Health News

Explore Our City

The wonders of Portland are no longer a secret. It has become famous for everything it is and everything it has to offer. From coffee, bike lanes, food, and nature. Portland hikers and runners love the city’s 5,000-acre Forest Park, one of the largest city parks in the nation. And the real outdoor wonders happen just outside Portland.

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