About OPHP

The Office of Public Health Practice (OPHP) facilitates practice-based learning and partnership between students and faculty across the School of Public Health (SPH) and organizations regionally, nationally, and globally.  

Committed to advancing public health initiatives, our office actively supports practice education by facilitating hands-on learning experiences, forging partnerships across SPH disciplines and external organizations, and implementing evidence-based strategies in real-world settings. Through these efforts, we aim to not only enhance student training but also bolster organizational capacity and elevate the visibility of public health practices through data and examples.

We are eager to establish new connections and facilitate meaningful engagements between our faculty, students, and community partners. To explore potential collaborations, please reach out to OPHP (see Contact Us). 

For insights into our ongoing partnerships and project initiatives, please visit our detailed partnership map.

Our Practice Leadership

Our practice leadership, comprised of practice-focused faculty representatives from each program and department, defines public health practice in SPH, supports and facilitates SPH-based practice activities, and serves as an advisory group to the Office of the Dean on practice issues and opportunities. 

SPH Practice Council members

Janet Baseman

Janet Baseman, PhD, MPH

Interim Chair & Professor of Epidemiology, Director of the SEAL Program




Betty Bekemeier, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

Director of Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, Kirby & Ellery Cramer Endowed Professor, Adjunct Professor of Health Systems and Population Health (HSPOP)



Marty Cohen

Marty Cohen, ScD, CIH, CSP

Assistant Chair for Stakeholder Engagement, Teaching Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), Director of the Field Research and Consultation Group




Christine Khosropour, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Core Faculty in the Implementation Science Core of the UW/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)




Janice North, MEd

Manager of Experiential Learning
Office of Public Health Practice





Gabrielle O’Malley, PhD, MA

Professor and Vice Chair of Global Health, I-TECH Director of Implementation Science, Associate Director for the Developmental Core of the Behavioral Research Center for HIV (BIRCH)




Yona Sipos, PhD, MSc

Associate Teaching Professor; DEOHS Associate Director, Undergraduate Experiential Learning; Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health Co-Chair, UW Farm Advisory Committee