Dr. Valerie King has a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the graduate level Health Management & Policy and Health Systems & Policy programs. In this role her work includes mentoring students and participating on dissertation committees.
In addition to this commitment to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. King is the Director of Research for the Center for Evidence-based Policy (Center) and Professor of Family Medicine at OHSU’s School of Medicine. Currently, she oversees research methods across several clinical evidence, and policy implementation research projects at the Center. The Center conducts systematic evidence and policy reviews, and provides health system design services, and primary research to approximately half of the U.S. states’ Medicaid programs. The Center has served as a training site for PSU and OHSU learners, including doctoral level graduate research assistants and Hatfield Fellows, with Dr. King actively involved in their mentorship and career development. Dr. King maintains a teaching clinical practice devoted to women’s health, maternal and newborn care. She is involved locally, nationally and internationally with teaching and research on women’s health, maternity care, and epidemiological review and guideline methodology. King is also actively involved with the Cochrane Collaboration and is a co-convener of its Rapid Review Method Group.
A cum laude graduate of the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), she also completed residency training in both Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine and a Master’s degree in Epidemiology at UNC. Dr. King was the residency director for the Joint Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine Residency program at OHSU from 2007 until its closure in 2018, and the principal investigator for a residency training grant that instituted advanced improvement science and health policy training into the residency curriculum.
B.A., Lewis & Clark College, 1982
M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991
Resident, Department of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991-1994
M.P.H., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997
Resident, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999-2000
Awards and Honors
- 2013, Chair’s Award, Outstanding Contribution in Teaching and Mentoring, OHSU School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
- 2002-07, Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Scholar
- 1998-99, Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy
- 1995-97, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar
¹ CEPH Primary Instructional Faculty
² CEPH Non-Primary Instructional Faculty
Experienced Faculty With Diverse Backgrounds
More than 150 faculty members work within the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. They have a wide range of expertise, from monitoring and assessing health risks and opportunities in populations, to helping build health-supporting social environments through policy, advocacy, and programs. They are educators, advisors, researchers, practitioners and community leaders. They come from backgrounds in quantitative, behavioral, environmental and social sciences, policy and government, exercise and health sciences and anthropology, among many other areas. They all work in collaboration with each other and with community partners, and are especially focused on the training and education of future leaders and practitioners in the public health fields.