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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. Our SPH Leadership Team includes the Dean, the Dean’s Leadership Team, and the Dean’s Advisory Councils. The organizational chart for the School of Public Health can also be found below.

Dean Paul K. Halverson, DrPH, MHSA, FACHE

Paul K. Halverson, DrPH, MHSA, FACHE, brings a wealth of experience to the School of Public Health, having served in key leadership roles, including professor and founding dean of Indiana University’s Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health since May 2013. He earned a doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master’s in health services administration from Arizona State University.

Before joining Indiana University, he was the state health officer and director for the Arkansas Department of Health and held senior leadership roles at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including as the director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for Public Health. He previously held faculty leadership roles at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dean’s Leadership Team

The Dean’s Leadership Team are the primary leadership for the School of Public Health. Working closely with the Dean, the leadership team oversees the School’s budget, teaching, research and scholarly activity, service, and advancement.

Karen Camp MPA
Associate Dean for Finance and Administration
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Betty Izumi MPH, RD, PhD
Interim Associate Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs, Professor
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Emily Morris Kemmerer MEd
Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs

(503) 494-9615

Marguerita Lightfoot MA, PhD
Associate Dean for Research, Ronald Naito-John McAnulty Professor in Health Equity
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Dawn Richardson MPH, DRPH
Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, Associate Professor

(503) 725-2051
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Brad Wipfli PhD
Assistant Dean for Graduate Academic Affairs, Associate Professor

(503) 725-8863
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Bryant Carlson PhD
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Senior Instructor I
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Jake Fernandez
Executive Assistant & Dean's Office Admin Manager
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Deans Leadership Meeting Agendas

The Dean’s Leadership Team meets weekly on a rotating day each week. Past agendas are available below.

Meeting DatesAgendas
January 2023 - June 2023Coming Soon
July 2022 - December 2022Meeting Agendas
September 2021 - June 2022Meeting Agendas