Andrew Wapner, DO, MPH

Associate Clinical Professor

Co-Director, Center for Public Health Practice

Director, Master of Public Health Program for Experienced Professionals

Health Services Management and Policy

Center for Public Health Practice


Andrew Wapner


1841 Neil Ave.
280A Cunz Hall
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-292-8675

Andrew Wapner, DO, MPH is the Co-Director of the Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP), the Director of the online Master of Public Health Program for Experienced Professionals and an Associate Clinical Professor of Public Health in the Ohio State College of Public Health (CPH).

As a pediatrician with nearly 15 years of public health and health policy experience, his primary interest lies in population health planning through integration of health care and public health, with a focus on public health systems and the social and physical environments that impact health. Dr. Wapner is the course director of PUBHLTH 6002 The History Values and Essential Services of the US Public Health System, and he also teaches PUBHHMP 6620 Critical Appraisal of Population Health Evidence. He is lead for the Region V Public Health Training Center subgrant through the University of Michigan, and he has worked with local health departments across Ohio to facilitate workforce and organizational development projects, most recently working with the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership to complete a statewide strategic plan. Dr. Wapner's other roles in the college include serving as a co-chair for the CPH Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence Committee, the college's Interprofessional Practice and Education champion, and the lead for the Academic Health Department agreement with Columbus Public Health.               

Before coming to Ohio State, Dr. Wapner served as the chronic disease medical director at the Ohio Department of Health, where he lead the creation of the state's first chronic disease prevention and reduction plan and the plan's implementation collaborative. He also served on several 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 in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Urgent Care system. Prior to joining CPH, he served in multiple roles at the Ohio Department of Health focusing on chronic disease and population health. Before beginning his career in public health, Dr. Wapner 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.

Selected Presentations

  1. Danesh, D; Amini, H; Wapner, A; Meyer, B; Hammersmith, K. (2021) From Classroom to Clinic. An Innovative approach to developing a population oral health workforce. APHA Annual Expo. 2021
  2. Wapner, A.W.; Julian, D. (2020). Differences in establishing community-level programming in urban versus rural settings. APHA Annual Expo 2020.
  3. Wapner, A.W. (2020). Public Health During a Pandemic. William Fowler Science Series. Lecture conducted virtually to OSU Lima campus.
  4. Wapner, A.W. (2019). Public Health and The Population Health Approach. Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship Orientation. Lecture conducted from Columbus, United States.
  5. Wapner, A.W. (2019). Teaching Population Health: Competencies for Clinicians. Paper presented at American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, Pittsburgh, PA. 2019
  6. Wapner, A.W. (2018). What is PSEC, and Why Is It Important? Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership PSEC Workshop.
  7. Wapner, A.W. (2017). Population Health Workshop. Ohio Academy of Family Physicians Family Medicine Workshop.
  8. Wapner, A.W. (2017). Advancing toward population health in Ohio. Ohio University Diabetes Institute Summit. Lecture conducted from Athens, OH.
  9. Wapner, A.W. (2016). The Role of the State in Health Policy. Ohio University Health Policy Fellowship Seminar. Lecture conducted from Dublin, OH, USA.

Selected Projects with Principle or Co-Investigator Status

  1. Stark County: Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership comprehensive strategic planning. Stark County Public Health/Ohio Department of Health.
  2. PROSPER: Promoting school-community-university partnerships to enhance resilience in Franklin County. Ohio Department of Higher Education. 
  3. Region V Public Health Training Center. Heath Services Resources Administration.   
  4. Preventing opioid misuse and abuse in rural Ohio through enhanced family and community education and training. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  
  5. Assessment and assurance of public health accreditation readiness. Ohio Department of Higher Education. 
  6. Postdoctoral Training in General, Pediatric and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene Grant. Health Resources and Services Administration.