OHSU Facts

Oregon Health & Science University is where healing, teaching and discovery come together. We're committed to advancing science in the lab, to translating our findings into the latest treatments for patients, and to training world-class providers.

As Oregon's only academic health center, OHSU:
  • Cares for patients.
  • Educates doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and other health care professionals.
  • Conducts extensive research, including clinical trials to test new ways to prevent, detect and treat illness.
OHSU is also Portland's largest employer and a statewide economic powerhouse. Our operations include three campuses, adult and children's hospitals, and clinics across Oregon. We also have state-of-the-art research facilities, including the 320,000-square-foot Knight Cancer Research Building, which opened in 2018.

Learn more below and in the OHSU Fact Book.

Unless otherwise noted, numbers on this page are from:
  • Fiscal 2018, which ended June 30, 2018
  • The 2017-18 academic year (degrees)
  • The 2018-19 academic year (enrollment)

Fast facts

Employees: 16,478
Students: 4,706 in OHSU degree programs
Health care facilities:
  • OHSU Hospital
  • OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital
  • Two partner hospitals, Tuality Healthcare and Adventist Health Portland
  • Clinics across Oregon
Licensed beds: 576 (OHSU and Doernbecher)
Annual operating budget: $3 billion
Oregon economic impact: $4.3 billion and 34,000 jobs
Fundraising: $144 million from 12,200 donors, bringing total giving to OHSU's Onward campaign to $1.7 billion
Value of OHSU's fiscal 2017 community contributions: $437 million

Patient care


Hospital admissions and medical clinic patients: 299,850

  • Children: 70,930
  • Adults: 228,920

Dental clinic patients*: 19,397

  • Children: 3,759
  • Adults: 15,638

Patient visits: 

These numbers reflect those who were seen and discharged. Patients who were admitted or transferred to an observation unit are counted in those categories. 

  • Hospital visits: 30,630
    • Newborns: 1,350
    • Children: 6,858
    • Adults: 22,422
  • Medical clinic visits: 957,641
    • Children: 151,455
    • Adults: 806,186
  • Dental clinics*: 77,153
    • Children: 8,438
    • Adults: 68,715
  • Emergency room visits (OHSU and Doernbecher): 32,615
    • Children: 10,066
    • Adults: 22,549
  • Observation unit visits: 4,352
    • Children: 739
    • Adults: 3,613
  • Day patient/day surgery visits: 36,053
    • Children: 6,853
    • Adults: 29,200

Staffed beds: 556 (145 devoted to children)

Licensed beds: 576

Patient demographics:

  • 90 percent of health care patients were from Oregon.
  • Health care patients without insurance or covered by a public payer made up more than half of visits.
* Dental clinic numbers are from fiscal 2017.


Award dollars: $462 million

Invention disclosures: 151


  • OHSU ranked No. 52 on the Reuters Top 100: The World's Most Innovative Universities   2018.
  • OHSU was named among the world's top 20 research institutions by Nature in 2017.
  • The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute earned the National Cancer Institute's highest designation for research excellence, Comprehensive Cancer Center, in 2017.


OHSU researchers:

  • Pioneered targeted cancer medicine.
  • Developed a vaccine candidate for HIV.
  • Created embryonic stem cells from skin cells to treat various diseases.
  • Developed the first West Nile vaccine to be tested in humans.
  • Helped develop CAR T-cell therapy (a type of immunotherapy) to treat some cancers.
  • Created the first successful artificial heart valve.
  • Pioneered genetic therapies for treating the eye.
  • Revealed the human serotonin transporter's structure.



  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Pharmacy


  • In degree programs at OHSU: 4,706
  • In joint programs with Portland State University, Oregon State University and Oregon Institute of Technology: 2,034
  • Undergraduate and graduate students in joint programs with Portland State University: 1,491
  • Graduate students in joint programs with Oregon State University: 379
  • Undergraduate students in joint programs with Oregon Institute of Technology: 164

Faculty: 2,874

Degrees and certificates:

  • Degrees awarded: 1,523
  • Degree programs (associate degree through Ph.D.): 57
  • Certificate programs: 11

U.S. News & World Report national rankings:

  • School of Medicine: 
    • No. 5 in primary care
    • No. 5 in physician assistant education
    • No. 29 for research-oriented medical schools
  • School of Nursing:
    • No. 4 in midwifery  

Community service

OHSU's commitment to care across communities in Oregon and beyond is unmatched: 

  • The net value of OHSU contributions to the community in fiscal 2017 totaled $437 million.
  • The value of care for underserved patients in fiscal 2016 totaled $165 million. 
  • We've cared for uninsured and otherwise underserved people for more than 130 years.
  • We provide more than 200 community health programs in urban and rural areas throughout Oregon.
  • We're working to increase the number of primary care providers to improve access to health care.

Facilities and people

Employees: 16,478

Alumni, fiscal 2017: 39,873, including 21,206 in Oregon

Marquam Hill Campus, Portland:

  • 36 major buildings, including:
    • OHSU Hospital
    • Doernbecher Children's Hospital
    • Kohler Pavilion
  • Connected to the South Waterfront by the Portland Aerial Tram, which is owned by the city of Portland and operated by OHSU
South Waterfront Campus, Portland:
  • Three major buildings and two more opening in 2019:
    • The Center for Health & Healing was completed in 2006. It's the nation's first large medical center to win LEED certification for environmentally sustainable design and operations.
    • The Robertson Life Sciences Building and Skourtes Tower opened in 2014 on land donated by the Schnitzer family. It houses the OHSU School of Dentistry and integrated spaces for students and faculty from OHSU, Portland State University and Oregon State University.
    • The Knight Cancer Research Building opened in 2018. It holds 320,000 square feet of labs and collaborative spaces for hundreds of scientists.
    • The Center for Health & Healing South and the Rood Family Pavilion are set to open in 2019.
West Campus, Hillsboro: 
  • This campus houses OHSU's Oregon National Primate Research Center, and the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute.
Capital spending: $417 million

Space occupied: OHSU owns and leases space beyond its campuses. Altogether, OHSU occupies more than 7.9 square feet across about 350 acres.


Annual operating budget: $3 billion

  • This comes mainly from patient care, gifts, grants and contracts revenue. Money from Oregon's General Fund totaled $3.7 million. Though just 1.2 percent of OHSU's budget, the allocation provides crucial support for education programs.

OHSU fundraising (philanthropy from our donors):

  • $144 million from 12,200 donors
  • This brings total giving to the OHSU Foundation's Onward campaign, launched in 2015, to $1.7 billion.

Foundations: OHSU's independent nonprofit foundations — the OHSU Foundation and the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation — have raised hundreds of millions of dollars to support our missions. They also oversee the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who take part in community fundraising and events to benefit OHSU.

Oregon economic impact: According to a study by ECONorthwest in 2014 based on 2012 data: 
  •  OHSU operations generated, directly and indirectly, more than $4.3 billion in total gross output in Oregon.
  • OHSU's total economic impact grew 77 percent over the previous five years.
  • OHSU supports 33,685 jobs, both at OHSU and in the community.
  • Without OHSU, economic output in Oregon would fall by $2.4 billion. Students would seek education elsewhere, research grants would go to other academic health centers, and patients with the most complex conditions would go out of state or go without advanced care.

OHSU Knight Cancer Challenge economic impact: An ECONorthwest analysis in 2015 estimated that OHSU's $1 billion Knight Caner Challenge to fund cancer research would:

  • Support 3,400 jobs and $900 million in gross economic output during the construction phase.
  • Create nearly 400 research jobs at OHSU and support 450 more outside OHSU.
  • Each year, generate nearly $6 million in income and property tax revenue, and $134 million in economic output.