Andrew Wapner, DO, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, Center for Public Health Practice
Center for Public Health Practice
Health Services Management and Policy

Phone: 614-292-8675

1841 Neil Ave.
280G Cunz Hall
Columbus, OH 43210


Andrew Wapner, DO, MPH is an assistant professor in Ohio State's College of Public Health (CPH) and the Director of CPH's Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP). Dr. Wapner has worked with CPHP throughout his public health career, and will support the Center's continued leadership in public health workforce development, quality improvement and community health improvement planning. He is also working with CPH faculty to develop and deliver the new population health management curriculum for the MPH-PEP program, bringing together his unique background as a practicing physician and leader in statewide public health planning activities.

Dr. Wapner is a practicing pediatrician with more than 5 years of public health and health policy work at the Ohio Department of Health. His primary interest lies in population health planning through integration of health care and public health, with a focus on social and physical environments and their impact on health status. During his time at ODH, Wapner lead the creation of the state's first chronic disease prevention and reduction plan and the plan's implementation collaborative. He also served on a number of statewide advisory groups, including the Health Policy Institute of Ohio's Health Value Measurement Dashboard and Prevention and Public Health Advisory Groups.

Dr. Wapner is a board-certified pediatrician practicing at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Prior to joining the College, he served in multiple roles at the Ohio Department of Health, including Chief Medical Officer and Chronic Disease Director. Before beginning his career in public health, he practiced pediatrics and pediatric diabetes medicine in Southeast Ohio as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Master of Public Health (MPH), The Ohio State University (2012)
Diabetology Fellowship: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (2006)
Pediatrics Residency: Doctors Hospital, Columbus Ohio (2004)
Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (2001)
Bachelor of Science (BS) with Honors in Journalism, University of Florida (1994)

Presentation Highlights

  • Introducing public health workers to policy, systems, and environmental change strategies: A web-based approach. American Public Health Association Annual Conference (2012) 
  • Developing the workforce to support advanced primary care in Ohio. National Academy for State Health Policy Annual Conference (2012)
  • Gestational diabetes in Ohio. Second Global Diabetes Summit (2012)
  • Improving health through policy, system and environmental change: Practice in Action Monthly Webinar Series. The OSU Center for Public Health Practice (2011)

Professional Leadership Service and Honors

  • Board Member at Large, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (2015) 
  • Medical Care Subcommittee Member, Weight of the Nation Planning Committee (2012)
  • Member, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (2011)
  • Chief Resident, Pediatrics, Doctors Hospital (2004)
  • Outstanding Primary Care Award, Center of Osteopathic Research and Education, O'Bleness Memorial Hospital (2007)
  • Outstanding Clinical and Community Education (CCE) Preceptor, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (2006)
  • Presidential Leadership Award, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery (2001)
  • Recognition Award for Excellence (1999) Sigma Sigma Phi National Honors Fraternity
Green Buckeye Certified CEPH CAHME