Ohio State College of Public Health Magazine

A note from Dean Fairchild

Spring 2022 brings with it the hope that the worst of the pandemic is behind us. It is a time to think about the long-term ways that the lessons we’ve learned in the past two years can better inform our approaches to teaching, advocacy, research and our work. Read more.

Amy Fairchild

Young alumna experiences public health at full throttle

It wasn’t always clear what Kate Wright MPH ’20 wanted to do with her career, but she definitely couldn’t have foreseen being thrown straight into a pandemic upon graduation. Read about the Union County epidemiologist’s work protecting the public from COVID-19. Read more.

Kate Wright

Public health passion

Wondering what to read next? The CPH community shares their recommendations on the books, webinars, podcasts and documentaries that have shed the most light for them on issues of diversity, systemic racism and health inequities. Read more about the college’s advocacy and outreach work.

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Alumni in action

Janet Porter ’75 BS ’77 MHA, and this year’s Pre-Commencement keynote speaker, talks about her Buckeye roots and vibrant career as a hospital administrator, teacher, association executive, consultant and public health leader. Read more about the contributions of our alumni.

Janet Porter

Meet spring ’22 graduate Jimmy Nash

Over the past two years, Nash — a first-generation college student — has honed his knowledge surrounding Black men's sexual health, and equipped himself with the tools to address health disparities pertaining to HIV and STI prevention and care. Read more stories about CPH student experiences.

Jimmy Nash in front of OSU stadium


A new interdisciplinary minor combines courses across the College of Public Health and more than a dozen units in the College of Arts and Sciences, giving students a chance to explore the connections between public health and the arts. Read more about how CPH faculty and students are teaching and learning.

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Growing our potential

With the fervent support of alumni, staff, faculty and friends, the college has its first college-wide endowed scholarship – a fund developed to honor public health trailblazer Ruth Ella Moore. Read more about the college’s work to support student success.

Ruth Ella Moore


A study co-led by CPH’s Tasleem Padamsee found that vaccine hesitance dropped faster among Black Americans, highlighting the importance of not making assumptions about race-based viewpoints regarding health care and staying vigilant about improving access. Read more about this and other recent public health research.

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Honors and accolades

An American Public Health Association recognition for Associate Professor Micah Berman’s commitment to advocacy and science-based prevention of tobacco-related illness and death was one of many honors for faculty and staff this academic year. Read more.

Micah Berman