Amy Ferketich, PhD


Interim Chair


Amy Ferketich

Public health is focused on keeping the public healthy through many ways, including policies, programs, education and research. It is a field that has something for everyone, from the basic scientist to the policymaker. Teaching ‘Global Public Health’ is a true joy, because many students realize that the field of public health offers what they have been looking for but couldn’t find in other courses.


1841 Neil Ave.
310 Cunz Hall
Columbus, OH, 43210
Phone: 614-292-7326

Dr. Ferketich’s research falls into the following areas within the field of tobacco control: smoking cessation, tobacco use surveillance, tobacco policy, and tobacco regulatory science. With respect to smoking cessation, her independent research is largely focused on smokers who can be reached through healthcare providers and the healthcare system. In the past, she has led projects that target Medicaid-enrolled smokers in Southeast Ohio and smokers with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Her current work includes co-directing a smoking cessation project within NCI-funded P01. The intervention inovllves an ask-advise-refer model delivered to female smokers in Appalachian primary care clinics. Her surveillance work includes secondary analyses of population-based data from the US, China, and Italy. Her research in the area of tobacco control policy has involved work with clean indoor air ordinances and tobacco advertising. Finally, her current work in tobacco regulatory science includes an NCI-funded R01 (with Marielle Brinkman) that is focused on examining the impact of waterpipe warning labels.