Dean, College of Public Health

The Ohio State University seeks applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Public Health. Ohio State is one of the nation’s leading public research universities and the flagship, land-grant institution in the state. This is a unique opportunity for a visionary leader to build upon the college's strengths and assets and lead the college to the next level of excellence.

The dean will provide strategic vision and operational leadership to all aspects of the academic and scholarly programs, setting priorities for the College of Public Health and guiding it toward strategic goals of enhancing scholarship, promoting research and community engaged scholarship, and providing excellence in undergraduate and graduate education with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. The dean is the college’s chief advocate and steward, promoting its goals and achievements, leading its development and fundraising activities, and speaking for its mission of excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service.

The dean will foster a culture that embraces inclusive excellence in teaching, research, service, and external engagement. The dean will set a bold vision for the college's future and help to identify and generate new philanthropic and research resources.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated innovative leadership in public health; a substantial record of scholarly achievement with high visibility in the public health research community; and the capacity to exercise policy leadership at the local, state, national and/or international levels. Candidates must have qualifications commensurate with tenure at the rank of Professor in the College of Public Health.

The college has an unwavering mission — to protect and improve the health of the people of Ohio, the nation, and the world. It pursues its mission through research, education, and service. Specifically, scientists and scholars seek to understand the forces that affect public health; educators prepare the next generation of public health practitioners, health care managers, and scholars through exceptional undergraduate and graduate programs; and faculty, staff, and students collaborate with government agencies, community partners, and others to develop solutions to ongoing and emergent public health threats.

In the college, over 150 faculty members, including 69 core faculty, work to advance the college’s education, research, service, and practice missions, supported by a dedicated team of nearly 70 research and support staff. The college currently enrolls greater than 300 undergraduates and 450 graduate students.

US News & World Report ranks the College of Public Health No. 22 among the nation’s best graduate schools and programs of public health. The college’s Master of Health Administration (MHA) program ranks among the top ten in the nation.

WittKieffer is pleased to be assisting Ohio State with this important recruitment. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed to A copy of the full leadership profile is available upon request.