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SPH Continues Distance Learning Fall 2020

SPH Continues Distance Learning Fall 2020:
A Message from the Dean

Dear OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Graduate Students,

We are looking forward to welcoming you back — or newly into — our School of Public Health this fall.  Our SPH community makes us proud each and every year, and we look forward to starting the new academic year with great energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to making this world a better and more equitable place, for all.

As we all know, we are also facing one of the biggest infectious disease challenges of our time.  The health, safety, and well-being of SPH students, faculty, and staff is and will always be our top priority.  As such, I have determined that in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all SPH graduate courses will be offered via distance learning during the Fall 2020 term.

  • This applies to all graduate classes (500- and 600-level) with BSTA, CPH, EPI, ESHH, PHE, and HSMP prefixes.
  • Courses listed as “online” will be delivered in an online, asynchronous format, meaning there is no “live” component and you may log on at any time.
  • Courses that otherwise would have been offered “in person” will instead be delivered remotely in a synchronous format, meaning that everyone will log in at the originally-scheduled meeting time, and the class will rely on video technology provided by our online learning platforms.
  • For those of you who are ready to begin Field Experiences or Practice Experiences, these activities will also be conducted remotely for Fall 2020.
  • We and our universities will be closely monitoring conditions in our county and state, and will follow the Governor’s directives for in-person gatherings as we move through the coming season.

We are invested in your success and are here to help you navigate these new learning contexts.  If you have any questions about what these course format adaptations mean for you or your academic program, please reach out to your Academic Advisor, Program Director, or Associate Deans Rick Johnson (johnsori [at] ohsu.edu) and Liana Winett (lwinett [at] pdx.edu).  If you feel you may need assistance with accessibility to support your success, please contact Associate Dean of Student Affairs Liana Winett (lwinett [at] pdx.edu).

And, of course, if needs arise and/or your circumstances change during the term, we all are here to help. Please reach out to us and we will work with you to find the best path forward.

I have said to our students before and will reiterate now: there is no better time to be entering the field of public health.  Your efforts are needed and valued.  I welcome you to the OHSU-PSU SPH community, and wish you good health today and always.

David Bangsberg, MD, MPH
Founding Dean
Oregon Health & Science University-Portland State University School of Public Health