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Oregon Master of Public Health Program Symposium on Genomics and Public Policy
Author: Bill Prows, PSU Extended Studies (503-725-9719,
Posted: May 19, 2005

On May 20, 2005, a symposium co-sponsored by the Oregon Master of Public Health Program, the Department of Human Services, and the Oregon Public Health Association will focus on the evolution of genomics—the study of the makeup of the human system—and its implications for the future of public health. The symposium will feature speakers and panel discussions exploring the policy and practical implications of incorporating genetic information in the protection of the public’s health. The event will be held at the Oregon Convention Center from 8:30 a.m.– 4:30p.m.

The symposium will feature internationally recognized experts in the field, Dr. Muin J. Khoury, director of the Office of Genomics and Disease Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Dr. Larry Gostin, chair for the Institute of Medicine Genomics Committee. Oregon State Epidemiologist Dr. Mel Kohn will provide the luncheon address. Presentation topics include: the future of genomics in health promotion and disease prevention, public policy issues in this emerging field, managing the use of genetic information, and genetic privacy and the public good. In addition, students in the state’s Master of Public Health program will present their work during the OMPH Student Poster Session.

This is the first year that the Annual OMPH Symposium will be a collaborative effort. The generous contributions of the Oregon Department of Human Services Genetics Program and the Oregon Public Health Association have made this event possible. To register for the conference, visit

The OMPH Program is a unique collaborative statewide graduate degree offered through Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon State University, and Portland State University. Students in the program have the opportunity to take courses at any of the three campuses, and to interact with nationally and internationally known faculty from the three universities. For more information on the program, visit

The Oregon Genetics Program is a partnership between the Oregon Department of Human Services—Office of Family Health and the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at Oregon Health & Science University. The mission of the Genetics Program is to promote the health and well-being of individuals and families who are impacted by inherited conditions or birth defects through public health assessment, policy development, assurance, and collaboration. For more information, see the program Web site at

Founded in 1944, the Oregon Public Health Association works to protect and promote the health of all Oregon residents, to educate and support public health workers and to advocate for just and equitable health policies. The OPHA is an affiliate member of the American Public Health Association, the largest public health organization in the world. For more information, visit

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Yvonne L. Michael, ScD OHSU,
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