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Center for Public Health Studies

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ABOUT THE CENTER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH STUDIES

The Center for Public Health Studies (CPHS) is located in the School of Community Health (SCH), College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University.  It is comprised of faculty and staff from SCH with affiliate faculty from around the college and across the campus, and also the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) -- Oregon’s Medical School.

Former Dean of the College Lawrence Wallack recently assumed leadership of the CPHS.  His goal is to build on the extensive research interests and experiences of the faculty in the area of the social determinants of health and make this a primary focus of the center.  The mission of the center is to blend science, policy, and advocacy to create changes in the social, economic and political structures that give rise to and sustain health inequities across our society.  The Center partners with a wide range of community partners from the government, non profit, and business sectors. 

CPHS works closely with the Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness at OHSU.  This Institute is one of the international leaders in research and application of the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) and the related science of epigenetics.  CPHS, in a collaborative sense, is the public health and policy program of the Moore Institute.

Multi disciplinary and multi cultural faculty interests include nutritional epidemiology, human rights, intercultural communication, human trafficking, social determinants of health, community based participatory research, quantitative modeling, community based food systems, reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, public health policy, media advocacy, neighborhood context of health, epigenetics, program and large scale evaluation, and mass communication.  

Our goals include:

  • Assessing the structural causes and consequences of health
  • Examining health behaviors in their social context
  • Studying the effects of culture and the environment on our health and attitudes toward health care
  • Analyzing the political process and social policies that affect the health status of populations

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