2 college faculty members retiring this year

Two esteemed faculty members are concluding their time with the college after many successful years in public health research and instruction.


  • Janaya Greene and Jose Rodriguez
June 12, 2018
Retiring faculty members Sandra Tanenbaum, PhD, and Allard Dembe, ScD

Sandra Tanenbaum, PhD, retired at the end of May after nearly 28 years at Ohio State. Tanenbaum, a professor in health services management and policy, has instructed numerous students throughout her career.

When asked what she will miss most about OSU, Tanenbaum stated, “The thing I will miss most at OSU is without question the students. The opportunity to engage them in learning about the US health care system­­, and especially to get them thinking in new ways has been a great joy.”

Over the years her research has centered on disability, Medicaid and health policy. Her dedication to public health will leave a lasting impact at the College of Public Health.

“In nearly 3 decades with the program, she has challenged hundreds of students - including me - to think critically about the health care system, understand the role of policy and politics in its evolution, and make clear, well-informed arguments when taking a position,” said Julie Robbins, PhD, director of the college's Master of Health Administration program. “Her discussion-based classes were easily the most informative and engaging of my academic career.”  

This summer, Allard Dembe, ScD, will retire as well. Also a professor in HSMP, Dembe’s research has focused on occupational health policy and the epidemiology of chronic disease since he joined CPH in 2006.

"Al is widely recognized as a national expert in the field of occupational health services research," said Thomas Wickizer, PhD, chair of the college's health services management and policy division. "His recent work on the effect of long work hours on health gained national attention. Al brought a deep commitment to scholarship, which benefited many CPH students over the years.”


About The Ohio State University College of Public Health

The Ohio State University College of Public Health is a leader in educating students, creating new knowledge through research, and improving the livelihoods and well-being of people in Ohio and beyond.  The College’s divisions include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, and health services management and policy.   It is ranked 19th among all colleges of public health in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report, and also includes the top 10-ranked MHA degree program.  The College provides leadership and expertise for Ohio and the world through its Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies (HOPES), Center for Public Health Practice, and the NCI-funded Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (CERTS).