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SPH Continues Distance Learning Winter 2021

A Message from the Dean

Dear OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Graduate Students,

From my morning student coffees, I hear that the adaptation to remote learning is going well, despite the many challenges that coronavirus has brought into our lives. I want to let you know how much I appreciate all the work that our faculty, staff and students have done to adapt to remote learning. The health, safety, and well-being of SPH students, faculty, and staff is and will always be our top priority.

In order to keep everyone safe and to support efforts to control coronavirus transmission,  all SPH graduate courses will continue to be offered solely via remote delivery during the Winter 2021 term.  Registration for the Winter 2021 term opens on Wednesday, November 9, 2020.  Winter term instruction begins on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Please read on for important information about course planning, delivery modes, and grade options. If you have any questions about what these 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 need assistance with accessibility to support your success, please contact Associate Dean of Student Affairs Liana Winett.

In addition, we encourage you to review the remote learning resource guides compiled here: https://ohsu-psu-sph.org/online-and-remote-learning/. 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.

Planning your Winter Course Schedule

  • The School of Public Health Winter 2021 class schedule has been posted to the SPH website here: https://ohsu-psu-sph.org/course-directory/, under “Course Schedules by Term.” Click on the link for WR21 GR Courses.
  • Your program’s curriculum and suggested course sequencing can be found in program guides posted to the SPH website on the pages below.  Keep in mind that there are many ways to complete your program, and check in with your advisor.

Course Formats

  • All SPH graduate classes (500- and 600-level) will be offered via remote delivery only. This applies to all classes with BSTA, CPH, EPI, ESHH, PHE, and HSMP prefixes.
  • Remote course delivery may be either synchronous (at a specific day/time), or asynchronous.
    • Courses listed with a specific day/time will be delivered remotely in a synchronous format, meaning that everyone will log in at the scheduled meeting time, and the class will rely on video technology provided by our online learning platforms.
    • 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.
  • Field Experiences and Practice Experiences will also be conducted remotely for Winter 2021.

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.

Available Grade Options

Available grade options will vary according to which university manages your enrollment services.  If you are not sure which university to manages your enrollment, please refer to this webpage: https://ohsu-psu-sph.org/enrollment-services/.

  1. The P/NP option is NOT available for graduate students whose enrollment services are managed by OHSU (“OHSU registrants”).  These students must take Winter 2021 classes for a letter grade.  The only exception is a few classes that are always and only offered P/NP.
  2. The P/NP option at PSU is available for graduate students whose enrollment services are managed by PSU (“PSU registrants”). These students may select their desired grade option through Banweb.  Instructions and deadlines are here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JYXRLKWb_tVaTcHD6IsqrI9C86szevhPrqAHCHYy8cA/edit.

My very best regards to you all,


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