Academic Advising for Graduate Students

Graduate students are assigned a faculty advisor at the beginning of their studies. Each graduate student is assigned a faculty advisor based on:

  • degree program
  • student’s stage within the program
  • students interests and/or research program

Students in the master’s degree programs usually need relatively little assistance early in the curriculum, and are more likely to consult the advisor for professional and career-oriented questions. Students are encouraged to discuss professional decisions, academic problems, or any other matters of interest with their advisors. This should not, however, prevent a student from approaching another member of the faculty when that would be helpful. Students in the MS and PhD programs rely more heavily on their advisors from the outset because the curriculum is more individually tailored. The advisor assignment reflects these differences.
(Excerpt from Section 3 of the CPH Graduate Student Handbook)

To reach a faculty advisor, students should search the College of Public Health Directory.

The Office of Academic Programs and Student Services (OAPSS) also works closely with graduate students, but primarily with admissions and recruitment functions as well as graduation and career services.

OAPSS Mission Statement:

In support of the mission of the College of Public Health, The Office of Academic Programs and Student Services (OAPSS) in the College of Public Health through passionate, dedicated, and experienced professionals is committed to providing student centered academic advising, recruitment, career services, and success at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Contact Us

100 Cunz Hall
1841 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210
cphatosu [dot] edu

Hours of Operation

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
The office is closed on all official University holidays.

Drop-In Hours

The Director of the Office is available for physical and virtual drop-in hours for current graduate students every week. Drop-in hours will be updated regularly on this page. In person drop-in hours for August and September 2019 are August 23 2-4, Friday August 30 2-4,  September 6 2-4, September 11 2-3:30, September 20 10-12, September 24 2:30-4:30. Virtual drop-in hours will be Tuesday from 7:30-8:30pm starting August 27th through December 3rd (except for September 10th - there are no virtual hours on the 10th). Virtual drop-in hours link: During drop-in hours, students can ask questions about time to degree, scheduling, and other topics. As a reminder, the Director is not the academic advisor for graduate students. For students in the MPH-PEP program, appointments can be made individually with Dawnne Wise, the program coordinator, through the contact information above.

The Assistant Director, who also coordinates the practicum for MPH students and provides career advising to all graduate students, has weekly drop-in hours. Those are posted here.


Kynthia Droesch, MSEd
Kynthia Droesch, MSEd
Director, Office of Academic Programs and Student Services
droesch [dot] 4atosu [dot] edu

Dawn Williams, MEd
Dawn Williams, MEd
Assistant Director, Office of Academic Programs and Student Services; Coordinator of Practice Education and Career Services
williams [dot] 3388atosu [dot] edu

Helene Cweren, M.A., M.P.P.
Helene Cweren, M.A., M.P.P.
MHA Student and Career Services Manager
cweren [dot] 1atosu [dot] edu


Dawnne Wise, PhD, MPH
Dawnne Wise, PhD, MPH
MPH-PEP Student & Program Manager
wise [dot] 13atosu [dot] edu



Shauntae Yankasky, MA
Shauntae Yankasky, MA
Graduate Admissions and Assessment Coordinator
yankasky [dot] 2atosu [dot] edu

Todd Thobe
Todd Thobe, MEd
Assistant Director, Marketing, Admissions and Recruitment
thobe [dot] 34atosu [dot] edu

Julia Farkas
Julia Farkas
Office Associate
farkas [dot] 99atosu [dot] edu