Jay D. Kravitz, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Senior Instructor, 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, Dr. Kravitz has trained and advised a wide range of MD, medical, nursing, dental, physician assistant, and MPH students.

Specific Activities

  • Educator in the Global Health Center
  • Lead, OHSU School of Medicine Colleges Program
  • Director, Concentration in Global Health Studies MPH Program
  • Course Director of Global Health Epidemiology and Conversations in Global Health
  • Director, Annual Global Health Student Symposium
  • Faculty advisor for international health studies
  • Former Global Health Educational Consortium. OHSU faculty representative and former Governing Council Member
  • Guest Lecturer at Portland State University, Oregon State University, University of Washington, University of Oregon, and elsewhere

Experience and Interests

Dr. Jay Kravitz holds joint faculty appointments as Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Senior Instructor in the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Global Health Center (GHC). He has taught interprofessional global health courses at OHSU since 1995 and directs the Concentration in Global Health Studies program for Master of Public Health students. He is the Continuing Education Coordinator for 'Professionals Training in Global Health,' a program directed toward mid to late career health professionals, who wish to retrain for overseas service.

Formerly, on the Board of the Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC), he served on the GHEC editorial board for the internet education modules project. Previously, he also 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.

Dr. Kravitz 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 in refugee and displaced persons camps in Thailand and Ethiopia; complex disaster response in Mexico; 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

Harris W, Spencer P, Winthrop K, Kravitz J. Training Mid to Late-Career Health Professionals For Clinical Work in Low Income Regions Abroad. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. 34(3);2014:179-185.

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.



Kravitz J, Spencer P, Palmer V, Harris WA, Boyd J. Innovative, Multidisciplinary Global Health Educational Model at Oregon Health and Science University. Accepted for Global Health Education Consortium annual meeting, November 2011 Montreal.

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.

Web-based Learning
Water and Sanitation: Theory, Science, and Challenges. Global Health Education Consortium. Educational Website Modules Project. 2007; revised 2012

Recent Lectures and Participation

2014Consortium of Universities for Global Health
5th Annual Conference
Scholarship/Academic Achievement Awards Committee
Washington D.C.
2014 11th Annual Western Regional International Health Conference
Faculty Supervisor, Poster Awards
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
2001-2014Global Health Student Symposium
Director and Panel Moderator
Portland, OR
2005-2013Global Health Introduction
Physician Assistant Program, Annual Lecturer
Portland, OR
2013Introduction to Global Health: What is it?
Anethesia Departmental Seminar
Portland, OR
2013Intersection of Climate, Resources, and Food Insecurity
International Health Conference
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR
2013Panel Moderator: Risk Communication Perspectives
10th Annual Western Regional International Health Conference
Portland, OR
2013Panel Moderator: Global Health Education and Capacity Building
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
Washington D.C.
2012"Environmental" Perspectives: Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons
International Health Program
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR
2012Food Insecurity
Training Program for International Staff
Mercy Corps International
Portland, OR
2011Perspectives: Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons Response and Management
International Health Program
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR
2010Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries: Perspectives and Experiences
MESA Program for Secondary School Teachers
Portland State University
Portland, OR
2010Food Insecurity and Global Health
Portland State University
Portland, OR
2010Refugee Associated Disease Prevalence
41st Annual Primary Care Review
Department of Continuing Medical Education
Portland, OR