Jay D. Kravitz, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Staff Scientist, Global Health Center


MPH (1989) University of Washington
MD (1972) Tulane University School of Medicine
BA (1968) Tulane University

Primary Mission in the Department

To foster study in the field of global health within the disciplines of preventive medicine, public health, and population-based medicine through collaborative academic and community relationships. Since coming to OHSU in 1994, he has trained and advised a wide range of MDs, medical, nursing, dental, physician assistant, and MPH students.

Specific Activities

  • Educator in the Global Health Center
  • Global Health Center Advisory Committee
  • Faculty advisor for international health studies
  • Global Health Educational Consortium. OHSU faculty representative and former Governing Council Member
  • Guest Lecturer at Portland State University and Oregon State University

Experience and Interests

Dr. Kravitz holds a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and the Global Health Center. Formerly, he served as Public Health Officer for Washington County, Oregon, Department of Health and Human Services and as Director of the OHSU Preventive Medicine Residency Program.

He maintains membership with the Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC), having served on the GHEC Governing Board for 5 years. Currently, he is a member of the GHEC editorial board for the internet education modules project. Previously, he served as a Consultant for the Oregon Department of Human Services in the development of the Oregon Diabetes Taskforce's continuous quality improvement guidelines for managed care. He is dual-boarded in General Preventive Medicine and Emergency Medicine.

He earned his BA in Economics and MD degree at Tulane University. Earlier in his career, he practiced emergency medicine for Portland-based Kaiser Permanente for 14 years. After receiving his MPH in international health services in 1989 at the University of Washington, he redirected his professional focus to public health. His master’s thesis addressed health services utilization and referral patterns in Zimbabwe.

His international health experiences include work refugee camps in Thailand and Ethiopia; disaster response in Mexico; and epidemiological surveillance in Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa; consultant for the Chwele Project in Kenya; and an educational needs assessment in Lumbumbashi, DRC. He teaches courses in global health in the MPH and MD programs at OHSU.

Recent Publications

P Grande, A Cronquist, S Fernyak, S Huang, I Bihl, E Osvald-Doppelhauer, C Woodfill, D Vugia, G Agyekum, J Kravitz, et al. Public Health Dispatch: Multistate Outbreak of Hepatitis A Among Young Adult Concert Attendees --- United States, 2003. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Review; September 5, 2003; 52(35):844-845.

Kravitz J, Nyaphisi M, Mandel R, Petersen E. Quantitative microbiological examination of village water supplies in Lesotho: Issues of water quality, sanitation, and village health. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 77(10);1999:829-836.

Sanders D. Kravitz J, Lewin S, McKee B. Zimbabwe's Hospital Referral System: Does it work? Health Policy and Planning 13(4);1998:359-370.

Kravitz J, Collins R, Nyaphisi M, Mandel R, Petersen E. Schistosomiasis Surveillance Associated with the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. Letter to the Editor. South African Medical Journal 88(4);1998:470-471.


Spencer PS, Kravitz JD. Global Health: Part of Oregon’s Future Economy? Oregon State University International Health Conference, 2009. Corvallis.

Risk factors for tuberculosis conversion in a state prison. Hung R, Shelton S, Rischitelli, Sexton G, Kravitz J, Edmundson E. American Public Health Association, 2003. San Francisco.

Wilson E, Kravitz J, Grupe E. A regional assessment of palliative care needs in Kenya. Abstract and poster presented at the International Health Medical Education Consortium, 2003. New York.

Hayman A, Sonde I, Onadja G, Kravitz J. Factors influencing decision to treat patients with highly active antiretroviral therapy in Burkina Faso. Abstract and poster presented at the International Health Medical Education Consortium, 2003. New York.

Kravitz J, Balmer D, Kullberg P. An Analysis of Refugee-Associated Disease Prevalence and Utilization in Multnomah County, Portland, Oregon. Abstract presented at American Public Health Association, 2002. Philadelphia.