The Oregon State University Center for Health Innovation engages in the discovery of innovative solutions to pressing health and wellness issues and builds the capacity of the current and future workforce in public health and human sciences in Oregon, nationally and globally.

We engage with industry, government, community and academic partners to

  • Develop multi-sectoral thought leadership in population health
  • Create innovative solutions to pressing health and wellness issues
  • Build capacity of the current and future public health and human sciences workforce

We serve as a responsive portal for two-way connections between external organizations and OSU faculty and facilitate multi-college OSU teams for health innovations and workforce development.


for External Partners

  • Shape strategic thinking on identifying and seeking solutions to emerging health issues
  • Facilitate research and implementation of preventive health interventions that are practical and cost-sustainable
  • One-stop access to OSU faculty expertise and students to innovate for health improvement; academic partnership to develop evidence-base for practice 
  • Input into curriculum development for current and future workforce education
  • Further establish partners as leaders in cutting-edge preventive health practices
  • Raise company profiles as an employer of choice with OSU students and alumni
  • Access to professional continuing education for workforce development


for University Faculty

  • Ensure the relevance and application of OSU’s scientific work
  • Engage with leaders in considering today’s most pressing health concerns
  • Expand access to new issues, datasets and systems
  • Develop opportunities for faculty support and student fellowships
  • Increase research funding opportunities through joint grant applications
  • Contribute peer-reviewed publications in scientific and trade journals
  • Provide partnership experiences and networks to enrich teaching

Gloria Krahn, PhD, MPH

OCHI Director
Barbara Emily Knudson Endowed Chair in Family Policy Studies, Director of External Relations
Hallie E. Ford Center 255 / 2631 SW Campus Way / Corvallis, OR 97331

Ann Custer, MPH, OTR/L, CHES

OCHI Faculty
Manager of Workforce Development
Hallie E. Ford Center 227 / 2631 SW Campus Way / Corvallis, OR 97331