The College of Public Health

Through interdisciplinary research, Ohio State's College of Public Health seeks to create and disseminate knowledge with the aim of preventing disease and promoting the health of populations in the United States and around the world.

Unsafe food and water as far away as Asia and global disease threats stemming from other living species ultimately affect the health of the whole world. Ohio State is preparing the next generation of public health practitioners, health care managers, and scholars to become leaders in public health research and education.

As Ohio’s first and only accredited school of public health, the college successfully competes for research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The college’s location at one of the country’s most comprehensive health sciences campuses enables the college to work collaboratively with experts in other disciplines. As a result, opportunities abound for the college to make a difference in the health of the public.

Ohio State and the College of Public Health

Public health at Ohio State has been an integral art of campus life for over a decade. Public health as a discipline is inherently collaborative. As a result, the college embodies Ohio State’s many strengths, marshaled for one cause. Our collaborations extend to all of the health sciences colleges. More than half of our research projects include faculty from other colleges on campus.

Examples of University-wide initiatives that combine education, research, and service reach far across the Ohio State campus. For example:

The Health Sciences Center for Global Health, created in 2007, is co-directed by faculty from the College of Public Health and the College of Medicine and brings together six additional health sciences colleges and schools.

The Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Disease research initiative joins the college’s efforts with those of five other colleges.

The college’s cancer prevention scientists are full members of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center’s programs in cancer control, molecular carcinogenesis, and chemoprevention.

The CDC-funded Prevention Research Center focuses on collaborative, community-based prevention research into significant public health problems, such as childhood obesity, diabetes, and tobacco use.

While these examples show important progress, there is room for growth and improvement. The challenge ahead is to build upon the College of Public Health’s current strengths to achieve its full promise and meet the growing societal health challenges.

Supporting the College of Public Health

Resolving public health issues is an increasingly critical priority shared around the world, and one the college is committed to tackling. From environmental catastrophes and natural disasters, to bioterrorism and emerging diseases, to health care costs and quality assurance, public health is at the center of the solution.

While Ohio State’s College of Public Health is not the country’s largest, it is quickly gaining strength by taking advantage of the interdisciplinary collaborations that crisscross our campus and are only possible at Ohio State. We are, for example, one of only three institutions in the U.S. to have public health and veterinary medicine colleges within one campus, a clear advantage when studying the spread of disease from animals to humans.

The College of Public Health is at the forefront of public health education, research, and service; and growing faster than its resources. Philanthropic support will enable the college to grow swiftly and without bounds.

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