Portland-State-University 2020-2021 Bulletin

OHSU-PSU School of Public Health

David Bangsberg, Dean

Rick Johnson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Liana Winett, Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Community Engagement

Karen Camp, Associate Dean for Finance and Administration

  • B.A., B.S. —Public Health Studies, Applied Health and Fitness
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Human Lactation
  • Minors in Community Health, Aging Services
  • Graduate Certificates in Biostatistics, Public Health
  • M.S. —Biostatistics
  • M.P.H. —Biostatistics, Environmental Systems and Human Health, Epidemiology, Health Management and Policy, Health Promotion, Public Health Practice (online)
  • M.A., M.S. —Health Studies
  • Ph.D. —Community Health, Epidemiology, Health Systems and Policy

About the School of Public Health

Ending health disparity, in Oregon and around the globe 

The School of Public Health unites two of Oregon’s leading universities to educate the next generation of public health leaders, with a vision of ending health disparities in Oregon and around the globe. This unique collaboration combines the strengths of a world-class academic health center with the deep community involvement and diversity of the state’s only urban research university. Our vision is to be the premier destination in Oregon for students of all backgrounds who want to enter the health field and improve lives in their communities.


Two universities, one mission: Better health for all 

Oregon Health & Science University is known internationally for groundbreaking and life-saving research in cancer and medicine. Portland State University is a national model for community engagement and academic innovation. Together, the two universities offer unmatched opportunity for students to learn in the classroom  and apply that knowledge and in real-world settings. 

Access & Equity

A vision of health equity 

One of our top goals is to increase the number of underserved and historically marginalized students in the health field. This serves two purposes: to ensure a diverse student body and to enable students to help end health disparities by working in communities that are negatively affected by social, environmental, and health system limitations. Part of our mission is to be an access university, we take pride in the number of students we accept, not how many we reject.


Research + engagement: The best of both worlds 

The deep community engagement of PSU faculty and biomedical research expertise at OHSU give students direct access to two distinct but connected areas of academic excellence. Graduates emerge with degrees endorsed by both universities in a field where demand is growing rapidly. 

Expanding Role of Public Health 

Building healthy populations 

With a focus on healthy populations rather than individuals, public health seeks to understand the foundations and social determinants of health and works to resolve disparities. Nutrition, maternal-child health, gun violence, health policy, health literacy and homelessness are only some of the factors in ending health disparities. Populations can be as small as a local neighborhood or as big as an entire region of the world.  

Community Partnerships

Connecting with the community 

PSU and OHSU have an established network of local and regional partners, including clinics, governmental agencies and nonprofit agencies. This network offers students a wealth of opportunity for internships, hands-on learning and contacts for future employment. 


An affordable degree with excellent ROI

The cost of a degree from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health is among the lowest in Oregon and far lower than similar degrees from private colleges. Graduates enter health fields that offer above-average salaries, along with opportunities to work anywhere in the world. 

Demand for Graduates

Boundless career opportunities

The health workforce is reaching retirement age, creating a significant gap between demand and supply of health workers in the near future. Graduates can expect a robust career market.