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Guiding Statements

Our Vision

Promoting a healthy, equitable 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.

Our Values

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

We believe in:

  • Inclusion: promoting diversity, equity, and cultural humility in our institutions and communities
  • Innovation: uniting the strengths of our two institutions through creative education, research, and sustained community engagement
  • Integration: connecting perspectives, strategies, and methods across institutions, disciplines, and communities
  • Integrity: practicing ethical principles, transparency, and empathy
  • Impact: advancing health, justice, and social equity in our city, state, and the world


Goal 1: Education

Prepare, support, and advance the present and future public health workforce.

Goal 2: Scholarship & Creative Activity

Create knowledge that drives action through exploration, translation, and implementation.

Goal 3: Community Engagement

Create and sustain effective community-academic partnerships that advance education, scholarship, and service.

Goal 4: Healthy and Sustainable Organization

Provide a strong foundation of resources that encourages the SPH community to develop and prosper.

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. The current version can be found as a spreadsheet at OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Strategic Plan.

A depiction of the School of Public Health's strategic plan organization: vission, mission, values, goals, objectives, strategies, and tactics.