OHSU and Program Perks

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We know you're excited to be a student of the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition at OHSU, but just in case you need a few more reasons, below are some of the perks of becoming an OHSU/GPHN student:

Career and Professional Development Opportunities

  • GPHN Professional Development sessions: Once a quarter, our program hosts a professional development session specific to our students and the nutrition and dietetics profession. These sessions are run by our faculty, but guest lecturers are usually invited to present as well. We also send our students to the annual OAND Educational Conference each spring where they can network with current dietitians and other leaders in the field.
  • SOM Career & Professional Development Center (CPDC): Our students are part of the School of Medicine Graduate Studies, which provides support and services for our students. The CDPC, run by Jackie Wirz, PhD, provides career planning, individual development plans, research-focused resources, and more. Explore the CPDC here.
  • Other career and professional development opportunities will be presented throughout your time here at OHSU. These other opportunities may be presented by the GPHN, the SOM or another OHSU school, OHSU as an institution, or through the Oregon Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (OAND) connections.
  • The GPHN also has a nutrition job and volunteer opportunities listserv that sends out opportunities on a regular basis to our recent alumni (within the last five years) and students who are in their last term of their program.

Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI)

The CDI "leads and supports the university-wide initiatives to create an environment of respect and inclusion for all people." There are various resources for all students through CDI, which includes:

  • Diversity Advisory Council: Student representatives, along with staff and faculty, may join OHSU's Diversity Advisory Council to advise OHSU leaders in creating a more diverse, culturally competent, and welcoming institution.
  • Diversity Resource Guides: Student and Employee Guide to Diversity and Multicultural Resources and Cultural Awareness Guide for Religious and Spiritual Accommodations. Find the guides.
  • Academic Resources: There are a multitude of academic resources through CDI, including advising, internship opportunities, scholarships, and student groups.
  • CDI also hosts several events and connects students with other resources such disability services, LGBTQ services, and more. 

Explore the Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Educational Support and Academic Resources

Library and Biomedical Information and Communications Center (BICC)

The OHSU Library (housed in the BICC) contains both a wealth of information and resources for all types of students at OHSU. Below are just a few highlights:

  • Liaison Librarian: Laura Zeigen, MPH, MLIS, MA, is our program's liaison librarian and has continued to be a fantastic research and educational resource for our students and faculty.
  • EndNote: A citation management program for managing references and creating bibliographies and other citations is available free of charge to all faculty, staff and students through the OHSU Library. Perfect for thesis work and research course work. Get EndNote.
  • Other perks include, but are not limited to: Research assistance; interlibrary loans; study areas; access to theses, dissertations, and capstones; and more!
Explore the Library


Mike Lasarev, MS, is a Research Associate with the Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology and a Senior Instructor with the OHSU Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. He is also an affiliated faculty with the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition. Mike teaches Biometry Survey (PHPM 524) to our Master's students and will help guide and assist any GPHN student (or faculty) with other statistics-related questions and research.

Learn more about Mike


Teaching and Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC offers academic and technology support for students at OHSU. A student learning support specialist is especially dedicated to working with students one-on-one, but the TLC also sponsors workshops, seminars, and other professional learning events.

Explore the Teaching and Learning Center

Interprofessional Education (IPE)

One of the most amazing things that OHSU does is interprofessional education. Schools and programs work collaboratively to build "a model for interprofessional education that makes team-based, patient-centered care the new standard."

  • IPE Foundations Course: All OHSU students are required to take the IPE Foundations Course, Foundations of Patient Safety and Interprofessional Practice, which occurs once per term. Any OHSU course that conflicts with these course sessions will give students time off to attend the IPE session.
  • Other IPE and UNI courses: OHSU also has a list of courses approved for interprofessional (IPE) or multi-professional (UNI) education.
  • GPHN continues to evolve and grow with the Interprofessional Initiative. We encourage our students to connect, collaborate, and share their expertise with other medical and scientific professionals. We hope your time here at OHSU gives you a jumpstart to this sort of collaboration.

Learn more about Interprofessional Education and IPE/UNI classes

Student Debt Counseling

The OHSU Financial Aid office boasts a rare and invaluable Student Debt Counseling and Financial Management Program. "Our program is designed to be an educational and counseling resource for the students of OHSU to help our students better understand the fiscal challenges while participating in an OHSU field of study." Mike Matheny, manager of the Educational Debt Counseling and Financial Management Program, can meet one-on-one with students or in groups to provide tailored debt counseling and financial management information. 

Learn more and schedule an appointment

Student Life and Other Student Resources

Student Life

OHSU's Student Life department is a great resource for all things "student." They coordinate everything from new student orientations to convocation. They help facilitate student communication, such as student interest groups and student council. Other perks include: 

  • Student Center: Current students with a valid OHSU badge have unlimited access to the Student Center amenities free of charge. Spouses may join for a fee. Amenities include: computer and study areas; game room; basketball court; media room; baby grand piano to play; swimming pool &hot tub; fitness room; and lockers.
  • Student Communications: There are several ways for all OHSU students to connect and communicate regardless of program or school. These include: All-Hill Student Council; Student Interest Groups; Intramural Sports; and the Student Portal.
Explore Student Life


March Wellness and Fitness Center

OHSU students who pay their University Fee have full membership to March Wellness at no additional cost. They may also add a significant other to their membership for a nominal monthly fee. Access includes:

  • Hundreds of fitness programs and classes, including cooking classes and nutrition coaching
  • Water Features: Saline Lap pool, Warm Water Therapy pool, Whirlpool Spa, Dry Saunas, and Steam Rooms
  • Spa: Acupunture, Therapeutic Massage, Fitness Training, Wellness Coaching, and Health Assessments
  • Strength-training and Cardio equipment

Explore March Wellness


Joseph B. Trainer Health & Wellness Center 

The JBT student health center serves OHSU students at the Portland campus on Marquam Hill. All eligible Portland campus students have access to health and counseling services at the JBT Health &Wellness Center. Eligibility to JBT for new students begins on the first day of insurance coverage period whether a student has the Student Health Insurance Plan or has waived out. All services are confidential and free of charge*. They offer a wide-range of services to our students, including:

  • Primary Care Services: gynecology, dermatology, orthopedics, etc.
  • Preventive Services: immunizations, STD screenings, contraception, etc.
  • Behavioral Health Service: various types of counseling, diagnostic psychiatric services, and medication management
  • Occasional free classes and events

*A few exceptions do apply, including pre-entrance immunizations

Explore the JBT Health & Wellness Center

OHSU School of Medicine Graduate Student Organization (GSO)

The GSO is an organization by and for graduate students of the OHSU School of Medicine. All students from PhD and Master's programs are GSO members and are welcome and encouraged to be involved. The GSO gives students a forum to discuss common needs and issues and promotes communication among students and faculty. The GSO also holds regular monthly meetings, coffee breaks, and other events!

Explore the GSO