Education at OHSU

OHSU Global Southeast Asia

OHSU Global Southeast Asia, supports a large portion of its programming through a public-private partnership between OHSU and a large private hospital system in SE Asia, Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS). Through this partnership, OHSU is then able to support programming for our academic and philanthropic interests.

Philanthropic initiatives seeking further support and engagement


Together with the Lao University Health Sciences and the U.S. Department of Defense, OHSU is providing technical support to operate a Lao American Nutrition Institute (LANI) where leading clinicians, nutritionists and researchers can train local nutrition experts to study and initiate new approaches to improve the state of nutrition in Laos for the years to come.

Myanmar Casey Eye

Casey Eye Institute, partnered with OHSU Global, and led by Mitch Brinks, M.D., M.P.H., is determined to bring positive change to eye care in Myanmar. After two years of preliminary evaluations and planning, Casey Eye Institute has initiated an exciting new relationship with four medical institutions in S.E. Asia. Casey Eye Institute, along with Mandalay Eye Hospital (Myanmar), monastery-led Tipitaka Eye Hospital (Myanmar), Siriraj Medical School (Thailand) and BDMS/Bangkok Hospital System (Thailand), are partnering to build a better future and brighter prognosis for the people of Myanmar. The collaboration between these organizations includes four main programs: the Mid-level Ophthalmic Personnel Training Program, a pediatric vision health screening program, an improved health records database, and an ophthalmic specialty fellowship program.

Academic initiatives seeking further support and engagement


OHSU has partnered with Mahidol University, specifically it's school of nursing and Siriraj Medical School in order to help both institutions expand learning and clinical capacity. Siriraj Medical School identified as a priority improving its research capacity and has welcomed ideas from OHSU for doing so. As a result, both institutions are sharing research salary support in order to investigate innovative approaches to the prevention and treatment of HIV, TB and Dengue Fever. The hiring of researchers to work between both institutions as a part of this initiative has afforded OHSU access to new colleagues who work at the forefront in these fields as well as the sharing of clinical specimens to further research efforts in Oregon. Thai researchers are benefiting from access to learning from innovators at OHSU, and are receiving support with pursing grant opportunities from the National Institutes of Health and Gates Foundation. Now that seed funding for these researchers has been secured, grants are being pursued in order to make this research collaboration more robust and inclusive over time.

Initiatives that are part of public private partnership

Occ health

Efforts to establish a Center of Excellence in Occupational Health in Southeast Asia is a first of its kind effort to address occupational health standards, informatics, research, wellness and toxicology in Thailand. This center will allow BDMS and OHSU to be a regional and global trend setter in these important focus areas.

A needs assessment was completed in 2015 to comprehensively understand local priorities in SE Asia in occupational health given the rapid growth of industries in Thailand. As a result of this assessment, BDMS and OHSU have decided to conduct trainings in functional capacity evaluations, toxicology, occupational health nursing, industrial hygiene and human health and productivity management. More, as a result of Thailand's robust annual health checkup screenings, OHSU has worked with BDMS to create a web based informatics database to allow for real-time health status feedback to patients as well as comprehensive reports for industries to prioritize workplace health interventions. It is the hope of this Center of Excellence that the lives of thousands of Thai workers will be improved through the enhanced health information collection, analysis and interventions put in place as a result of this collective effort.


Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) has partnered with Samitivej International Children's Hospital of Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS) in order to assist them with becoming a Children's Hospital with international standards in the region. Over the next five years, teams of nurses, physicians and pharmacists from Doernbecher Children's Hospital of OHSU are working closely with their counterparts in Thailand to standardize pediatric intensive care, neonatal intensive care (NICU) and bone marrow protocols, create nurse professional development protocols, implement team-based training protocols, improve Thai clinical nursing assessment skills, teach team based NICU resuscitation and stabilization techniques and develop interprofessional teams and standardized patient care mechanisms between nurses, physicians and pharmacists. These teams are working together approximately three times a year in Bangkok. Each visit lasts from one to four weeks, and this five year commitment to Bangkok and the region is intended to provide sustained mentoring and education to improve the quality of physician, nurse and pharmacy practice at critical pediatric facilities in Southeast Asia. The partnership is off to such a strong start that the US Ambassador to Thailand and Chamber of Commerce in Thailand provided an award for being a 'creative partnership' between both countries.


Developing excellent, team-based rehabilitation personnel and programs through short-course trainings for Thai health care professionals in cardiology, geriatrics, orthopedics and neurology to ensure sufficient capacity to meet the clinical needs of Bangkok Dusit Medical Services.


Bangkok Dusit Medical Services nurses and physicians using a 'train the trainer' model to improve Thai ICU and critical care management and to enable similar trainings out of Bangkok by newly trained 'simulation leaders.’

Designing and conducting interprofessional, high-fidelity ICU-based simulations. Examples include, but are not limited to, recognition and management of post-operative respiratory failure, sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome and post-operative delirium.


Training clinical and IT leaders in a combination of coursework, project work and other experiential learning for BDSM to build physician and IT capacity to lead clinical informatics initiatives in its system

Educating learners through OHSU's Introduction to Biomedical Informatics course (known as the 10x10 course) and reinforcing practical skills and experience working on BDMS informatics projects related to the course

Providing informatics mentorship onsite at BDMS and during experiential visits to OHSU


Competitive awards of up to $2,000 are available to support OHSU students’ overseas experiences. All OHSU students in good academic standing are eligible to apply. All applications must address the economic need of the applicant to support this request for funding. Appropriate overseas experiences include projects related to public and population health, health education, clinical practice and/or research. Students are expected to spend at least 4 weeks at their overseas site although exceptions to this requirement will be made on a case by case basis.

Awards are made during the academic year and are subject to available funding.

Annual Kathryn Robertson Memorial Lecture in Global Health (KRL)

The annual Kathryn Robertson Memorial Lecture has become one of the most widely anticipated and prestigious events on the OHSU campus.  Each year it allows a world-renown expert to address an issue of global significance.

  • 2011 Anne Marie Slaughter: The Health of our World
  • 2012 Robert Schooley: Antiretroviral treatment in HIV-infected individuals
  • 2013 Howard Frumkin: Climate Change: Grand Challenge for Global Health
  • 2014 Harvey Fineberg: US Health in International Perspective
  • 2015 Nicholas Kristof: Pathways to becoming a global citizen
  • 2016 Mark Rosenberg: reducing gun violence through science and collaboration
  • 2017 Kent Brantley: Fighting Ebola: Choosing Compassion over fear
  • 2018 Eric Goosby: TB-Tackling the world's leading infectious disease killer
  • 2019 Senator Mechai Viravaidya: The land of smiles and condoms
  • 2020 Barry James Marshall, Nobel Laureate, Medicine: Man vs. Helicobacter - POSTPONED

GREAT - Global Health Research, Education & Training

Research --

GREAT is a capacity building program designed to strengthen skills and build the capacity for clinical, epidemiologic and operations research in Thailand.

The objective of the GREAT Program is to prepare current or aspiring investigators, academicians, clinicians and public health practitioners to:

  • Build the capacity to do quality clinical, epidemiologic & operations research in Thailand
  • Develop working and effective networks of clinicians, researchers and academicians in Thailand.
  • Quantify the burden of prevalent diseases in Thailand; 
  • Provide the science base for changing health, or public health policy including the development of clinical guidelines
  • For the clinician: to be able to use data from the literature to improve clinical practice & understand research methodology
  • For the investigator: to develop the skills needed to study local, country, or international health problems; and develop and evaluate the best interventions;
  • For the leader: to use data to inform policy/clinical practices and improve teaching programs in health-related disciplines.


OHSU Global SE Asia at the request of our partner – Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai Thailand and in an effort to build capacity collaboratively has provided workshop based training opportunities in trauma and emergency medical services for both clinical and prehospital providers.