Oregon Health & Science University

Assistant Professor of Health Systems Management & Policy

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
Salary Range
Salary commensurate with education, experience and internal equity
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Health Systems Management and Policy (HSMP) Programs, invites applicants for one full-time 12-month faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning September 1, 2023.  The current research strengths of the OHSU-PSU SPH are in the areas of health policy; health inequities arising from institutional, systems, policy, and/or managerial structures; substance use disorders; maternal and reproductive health; sexual/gender minority health; ecological health; and climate change. The SPH and HSMP programs involve faculty with research and applied expertise in health services, health systems and health policy who have primary appointments in other OHSU and PSU academic units, and in research and health services delivery organizations in Portland and elsewhere. The new HSMP faculty member will contribute research expertise in these areas of strength and/or expand expertise through the application of health systems management and policy expertise to topics that seek to address health inequities from a variety of perspectives. The HSMP faculty member will teach at least two graduate level HSMP courses per year, advise and mentor masters and doctoral students, and supervise doctoral research.

The OHSU-PSU SPH is aligned with the American Public Health Association in declaring racism a public health crisis, and our School is committed to becoming an antiracist SPH. We are working to center social justice in our internal and external work as a school and are committed to addressing structural and institutional racism, and to holding ourselves accountable to this work. 


Our SPH is a joint school combining the resources of two of Oregon’s leading universities. We will lead in advancing a healthy, equitable society through community engagement, education, research, scholarship, and service. Uniting the cultures and resources of OHSU and of PSU, the SPH educates future public health leaders and advances public health scholarship through creative research, innovative educational practices, and sustained engagement with community partners. We believe in inclusion, innovation, integration, integrity and impact. The SPH offers Bachelor, Master of Public Health, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in several public health disciplines, including an BA/BS in health services administration, an MPH in health management and policy, and a PhD in health systems and policy. We are committed to hiring faculty who have a keen interest in, and desire to advance, the School’s educational, research, service and community engagement missions and values.


The appointee shall provide services as assigned by the supervisor in furtherance of the university’s missions and goals of teaching, research, patient care, outreach and public service.


This position reports to (supervisor): Dawn Richardson, DrPH, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Function/Duties of Position

The duties of this position include:

  • Develop and maintain a research program of health system and policy investigations, collaborating across the SPH, OHSU, and PSU, as well as externally.
  • Obtain extramural funding to support research activities and advance the HSMP programs.
  • Publish and/or otherwise communicate and disseminate the products of scholarship, including in peer-reviewed venues.
  • Teach health systems management and policy core and elective courses at the masters and/or doctoral level.
  • Advise and mentor graduate students, including supervising doctoral research.
  • Advance the strategic goals of SPH, contribute to the shared governance of the SPH, and engage in collegial activities in support of the SPH missions.

Required Qualifications

  • A relevant doctorate degree (e.g., PhD, DrPH, DPhil) in health systems management, health policy, organizational theory, or a closely related discipline with a health focus by the position start date.
  • Beginning or developed trajectory of increasing independence in conducting health systems management and policy research.
  • Beginning or developed track record of communicating and disseminating products of scholarship, including peer-reviewed publications in health systems management and policy related content areas.
  • Demonstrate potential to obtain extramural funding for a research program.
  • Experience with, and interest in, teaching graduate courses in health systems management and policy core topics.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences.
  • Commitment to educational equity and promotion of diversity.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience leading research teams or potential to lead research teams.
  • Experience with contributing to teaching health systems management and policy courses, if no direct teaching experience.
  • Experience advising and/or mentoring graduate students.
  • Participation in doctoral training through serving as a dissertation committee member
  • Teaching in a variety of settings such as in-person, remote, and asynchronous.

Additional Details

Application Materials:

Apply through the OHSU Jobs page.  Applications shall include:

1. A cover letter not exceeding 6 pages describing in the following order:

  • Reasons for interest in this position and anticipated contributions to the OHSU-PSU SPH missions and to the Health Systems Management and Policy Programs,
  • Research expertise, summary of accomplishments and future directions including topics, settings, and possible funding sources,
  • Experience and accomplishments in teaching health systems management and policy courses, or describe HSMP classes that could be taught if no direct teaching experience,
  • Experience with mentoring or advising graduate students or other learners, particularly those who are underrepresented in the academy, or vision for mentoring/advising students if no direct experience,
  • Accomplishments and interests in community engagement as a pedagogy, a research strategy, and/or service,
  • Articulation of how the candidate’s research and teaching experiences and plans align with the School’s commitment to becoming an antiracist institution,
  • Discussion of how past, present, or potential teaching and/or scholarship advance equity for students and communities, and advance SPH missions and values, particularly around health equity and social justice.

2. A current curriculum vitae.

3. Names, contact information, and professional relationship to candidate for four (4) persons willing to provide a professional reference.


Timeline and Selection Process:

Review of applications will begin in Spring 2023 and will continue until the positions are filled. Candidates may be invited to participate in a remote screening interview. Finalists for the position will give a public presentation of their research and may be asked to give a teaching demonstration.  References will be contacted only during the final selection process.



Please contact Sherril Gelmon, Search Committee Chair, at gelmons@pdx.edu for questions about the position.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.


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