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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.

Interim Dean Rick Johnson, MS, PhD

Rick Johnson became the Interim Dean of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in July 2022, following the departure of Founding Dean David Bangsberg.

Prior to his new interim appointment, Dean Johnson served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Public Health since 2018. Before becoming Associate Dean, he was the program director of the MPH Environmental Systems and Human Health program and a professor of environmental science and engineering at the Oregon Graduate Institute (now part of OHSU) since 1985.

In discussing the upcoming academic year, Dean Johnson states that “as we come out of the COVID pandemic, we as a School will be working to support students, staff, and faculty. Part of this will include using what we have learned about remote education to provide flexibility and expanded opportunities for all learners and employees.”

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 Social Justice, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor

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

(503) 725-8863
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Belinda Zeidler MST
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Academic Advisor, Assistant Professor

(503) 725-5119
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Strategic Projects Administrative Manager

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