College of Public Health Strategic Plan, 2020

Who is on the CPH Strategic Planning Steering Committee?

College of Public Health

Amy Fairchild, Dean
Michael Bisesi, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Ann Florentine, Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration
William Miller, Senior Associate Dean of Research
Jennifer Beard, Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives
Misti Crane, Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications

C. Tory Harper Hogan, Assistant Professor, Health Services Management and Policy
Teresa Long, Special Advisor – Community Engagement and Partnership
Elisabeth Dowling Root, Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Alison Norris, Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Jiyoung Lee, Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Rebecca Andridge, Associate Professor, Biostatistics
Julie Robbins, Associate Professor, Health Services Management and Policy
Gail Kaye, Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Promotion
Katy Trombitas, Executive Director of Development, Health Sciences Colleges
Dawn Williams, Assistant Director
Office of Academic Programs and Student Services
Lisa Van Dyke, Resource Planning Analyst, Office of Academic Affairs
Tom Knobloch, Senior Scientist, Environmental Health Sciences
Brittany Pope, Graduate Student
Brent Emerson, Graduate Student
Steve Smith, Alumnus

University & Wexner Medical Center

Tom Gregoire, Dean, College of Social Work
Rachit Thariani, Chief Population Health Officer, Wexner Medical Center and CEO, The Ohio State Health Accountable Care Organization
Kierra Barnett, Alumna and Post-doctoral Researcher at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
Randy Moses, Senior Associate Vice President for Research Administration
Ned Hill, Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs and College of Engineering
Jodi Ford, Associate Professor, College of Nursing
R. Scott Osborne, Vice President of Economic and Corporate Engagement
Ryan Schmiesing, Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement

Strategy Management Office Partners

Gail Marsh, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Henry Zheng, Senior Vice President, Strategic Analytics
Andy Dorr, Director, Strategy and Business Development
Tracey Boggs, Strategic Planning Manager

As the College of Public Health’s Strategic Planning process continues to advance, college leadership, the college’s Strategic Planning Committee and the University Strategy Management Office invite your feedback. Please share your thoughts on our proposed ambition statement, goal areas and initiatives we think will support those goals. We look forward to your thoughts.


The Ohio State University continues to align campus-wide strategies behind reaching the aspirational outcome of the university strategic plan, Time and Change, to be a leading national flagship public research university.

The College of Public Health, under the new leadership of Dean Amy Fairchild, is committed to developing its own strategic plan that aligns with the college's mission and aspirations. As we embark on this in-depth analysis of our strengths and key areas for growth, and explore the best pathway toward future excellence, a steering committee has been named and will begin meeting in early March to guide the plan’s development and build a roadmap for the college’s future.

The committee is projected to meet intermittently through June of 2020.

The planning process will be guided by Gail Marsh, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, and the Strategy Management Office.

Dean Fairchild and other leaders of this effort invite you to join in the conversation and the building of the CPH strategic plan throughout the process. Expect to have multiple opportunities to help shape its direction, including through surveys on core topics.

The first such survey was distributed in February, shortly after the dean’s first State of the College address. Among the questions in that first survey: "What do you think are the top three public health issues domestically?"

Access to and cost of health care topped the list, followed by drug abuse, opioids, racism, mental health, climate change, social determinants of health, environment, health care disparities and violence.

tag cloud: drug abuse, access, obesity, opioids

Almost 160 faculty, staff, students, alumni and others responded to the initial survey, a topic for discussion at the first steering committee meeting on March 3.

Office of Academic Affairs Strategic Planning


AMBITION STATEMENT: Trusted voice for public health in Ohio and beyond, clearing obstacles to enhance our shared future by influencing policies and practices that promote health and prevent disease.

Goal Area  Initiatives 

Distinctive, Innovative and Influential Research 


As a national leader in public health research, The College of Public Health will increase public health knowledge and community impact globally 

  • Address public health issues through research to substantially increase the societal impact of the College 

  • Expand and improve interdisciplinary research collaborations across the College’s divisions, locally, nationally, and internationally 

  • Develop and support faculty and students to produce and disseminate influential public health research and innovation 

  • Increase and diversify the College’s research funding 

  • Provide high quality, innovative operating support, infrastructure and physical space to enhance research productivity and reduce administrative and logistical barriers to successful research 

Educational Excellence and Innovation 

Develop career ready professionals through comprehensive and contemporary, nationally ranked programs 

  • Develop and implement modernized, interdisciplinary curricula to educate and train students on emerging and critical public health issues including social determinants of health and justice, policies and practices 

  • Offer accessible education and training through innovative platforms and learning experiences to attract and engage diverse cohorts of new and non-traditional learners  

  • Develop and implement competency-based academic programs that translate application of public health knowledge, skills and attitudes into community applied practice  

  • Prepare students for successful leadership and impactful careers through an immersive learning environment and a robust career and skills development program

  • Create and establish Collegewide procedures and policies to support the continuous development of teaching excellence

Engagement and Impact  

Partner with communities across Ohio and beyond to grow evidence informed practices, reduce health inequities and improve population health 

  • Create framework to guide and track College of Public Health community engagement programs and practices 

  • Create, sustain and steward mutually beneficial relationships and effective partnerships locally, nationally and internationally to address health inequities and public health issues 

  • Establish advocacy and other practices with focus on equity, inclusion and social rights to advance population health 

Culture and Citizenship 

A culture of engaged connection, sustained through support and appreciation of a diverse College community 

  • Leverage new and existing leadership to stimulate a welcoming and inclusive environment that attracts, retains and supports faculty, staff and students from diverse backgrounds by offering, prioritizing and valuing programs and trainings that address issues of equity throughout the College 

  • Expand and sustain active citizenship and shared sense of community among faculty, staff, students and alumni through strong participation and engagement in programs, events, mentoring and networking  

  • Invest resources in the academic and professional advancement of historically marginalized faculty, staff and students through scholarships, grants and development trainings and programs 

Recruiting and Retaining Leading and Diverse Talent 

Attract, engage and support top faculty, staff and student talent, enabling them to perform at the highest levels and achieve the College’s aspirational goals 

  • Design and implement evidence-based recruitment processes that attract and recruit a diverse and world-class talent pool targeting areas of aspirational growth and promoting interdisciplinary collaboration 

  • Enhance onboarding processes to create an effective experience that acclimates incoming talent to their role and the College   

  • Develop a robust faculty and staff mentorship program, including leadership development, that inspires College talent to solve critical public health issues and creates a pipeline for future leaders 

  • Empower individuals in their roles and create flexibility for people to innovate in their daily work, improve organizational effectiveness, and increase personal satisfaction. 

  • Design and implement a faculty and division incentive plan that offers guidance and support for excellence in engagement, teaching and research 

Stewardship and Operational Excellence 

Advance growth and ensure financial sustainability to achieve the College’s aspirational goals 


  • Design and implement financial and operational transparency across divisions and the College 

  • Leverage strong alumni network and increased awareness of critical public health issues to expand philanthropic support 

  • Create and expand revenue growth and be good stewards to grow and secure financial future of the College 

We appreciate your feedback! Please post comments on our feedback page.