OSU earns accreditation for College of Public Health and Human Sciences

2014-06-24T18:30:00Z 2014-06-25T01:47:51Z OSU earns accreditation for College of Public Health and Human SciencesBy Bennett Hall, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times

Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences received national accreditation on Tuesday, making it the only accredited school of public health on the West Coast between Seattle and San Francisco.

The designation was awarded by the Council on Education in Public Health after a four-year review of the college’s academic programs. The accreditation will be re-evaluated after five years.

Dean Tammy Bray noted that most of the 51 accredited schools of public health in the nation are affiliated with a medical school and called the designation a validation of OSU’s quality in the field.

“We are in the big league now,” she said.

The council’s formal stamp of approval, she said, will “add credibility and value to the degrees of our students” and enhance the college’s ability to recruit high-achieving students and talented faculty members.

OSU has had an accredited public health program for some time, Bray added, but the College of Public Health and Human Sciences has only existed for about two years. It was formed from the College of Health and Human Sciences as part of a campuswide realignment of academic programs.

With about 120 faculty members and 3,500 students, including 300 graduate students, the college offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in the fields of public health, exercise science, nutrition and human development.

One of the college’s goals is to teach students to view widespread health problems such as obesity or chronic disease as multifaceted issues that require an integrated response.

“Obesity is not just a nutrition problem,” Bray said. “We all know you’re supposed to eat healthy, but some people just won’t eat vegetables. What are you going to do about it?”

The college takes a holistic approach, combining traditional public health disciplines such as epidemiology and environmental health with the study of nutrition, exercise and human development. In part, Bray said, that’s a response to spiraling health care costs.

“It’s not just individual health anymore, it’s really at a population (level),” she said.

Reporter Bennett Hall can be contacted at 541-758-9529 or bennett.hall@gazettetimes.com.

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    TruthIs - June 26, 2014 7:38 am
    This is just explains the political and market pull for what Bray is talking about, predicatable ivory tower excuses about how they just do the "research" notwithstanding. The real world ethical issues, much less the real-world task of addressing the formidable task of increasing affordable access to needed MEDICAL care, what is now propagandistically referred to as "sick care", are much more complex.
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    TruthIs - June 26, 2014 6:58 am
    Re: Bray's last ideological comments about "obesity":

    Hospitals Soon See Donuts-to-Cigarette Charges for Health
    That’s because some hospitals are starting to use detailed consumer data to create profiles on current and potential patients to identify those most likely to get sick, so the hospitals can intervene before they do.
    ...
    As a result, the U.S. has begun levying fines against hospitals that have too many patients readmitted within a month, and rewarding hospitals that do well on a benchmark of clinical outcomes and patient surveys.
    ...
    The strategy “is very paternalistic toward individuals, inclined to see human beings as simply the sum of data points about them,” Irina Raicu, director of the Internet ethics program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, said in a telephone interview.
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