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Clifford Coleman M.D., M.P.H.

  • (503) 418-3900
    • Associate Professor of Family Medicine School of Medicine
    • Clinical Thread Director for Professionalism, Ethics, and Communication Office of the Dean School of Medicine

Dr. Coleman received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Dartmouth College, and his medical degree from Stanford University in 2000, and completed a combined residency in family medicine and public health and general preventive medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), with a Master’s of Public Health from Portland State University in 2004. He joined the faculty in the Department of Family Medicine at OHSU in 2004. He practices at a federally qualified health center clinic, where his clinical interests include care delivery for medically complex underserved patients. Dr. Coleman is a nationally recognized expert in the field of health literacy. His teaching and research activities focus on workforce training to improve communication skills for health professionals, and the clinical and public health response to low health literacy. Dr. Coleman has been the Clinical Thread Director for Professionalism, Ethics, and Communication within the OHSU School of Medicine since 2014.

Areas of interest

  • Health literacy, health communication, culturally responsive care, medical education, underrepresented minority physicians


  • A.B., Dartmouth College, Hanover New Hampshire 1991
  • M.D., Stanford University, Palo Alto California 2000
  • M.P.H., Portland State University, Portland Oregon 2004
  • Residency:

    • Family Medicine residency - OHSU - 2000-2003
    • Public Health & Preventive Medicine residency - OHSU - 2000-2004
  • Certifications:

    • Family Medicine

Memberships and associations

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support


Selected publications

  • Coleman CA, Nguyen NT, Garvin R, Sou C, Carney PA. Health Literacy Teaching in U.S. Family Medicine Residency Programs: A National Survey. Journal of Health Communication 2016;21(Suppl1):51-57

  • Coleman C, Peterson-Perry S, Bumsted T. Long-term Effects of a Health Literacy Curriculum for Medical Students. Family Medicine 2016;48(1):49-53

  • Coleman C, Fromer A. A Health Literacy Training Intervention for Physicians and Other Health Professionals. Family Medicine, 2015;47(5):388-92

  • Coleman C, Hudson S, Maine L. Health Literacy Practices and Educational Competencies for Health Professionals: A Consensus Study. Journal of Health Communication 2013;18:82-102

  • Lie D, Carter-Pokras O, Braun B, Coleman C. What Do Health Literacy and Cultural Competence Have in Common? Calling for a Collaborative Health Professional Pedagogy. Journal of Health Communication, 2012;17:13-22

  • Coleman CA, Appy S. Health Literacy Teaching in U.S. Medical Schools, 2010. Family Medicine, 2012;44(7):504-7

  • Coleman CA. Teaching Healthcare Professionals about Health Literacy: A Review of the Literature. Nursing Outlook 2011;59:70-8


  • "What do health literacy and cultural competence have in common? calling for a collaborative health professional pedagogy" Journal of Health Communication January 1 2012
  • "Health literacy teaching in US medical schools, 2010" Family Medicine July 2012
  • "Teaching health care professionals about health literacy" Nursing Outlook March 2011
  • "Health literacy practices and educational competencies for health professionals" Journal of Health Communication December 4 2013
  • "A health literacy training intervention for physicians and other health professionals" Family Medicine  2015
  • "Long-term effects of a health literacy curriculum for medical students" Family Medicine January 1 2016
  • "Health literacy teaching in U.S. family medicine residency programs" Journal of Health Communication March 28 2016

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