Faculty Position in ONE HEALTH offered at U.S.A. College of Veterinary Medicine-The Ohio State University


The Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for a tenure-track position as a One Health Specialist. The position is affiliated with the multi-college Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases (PHPID) program. The PHPID initiative is a comprehensive interdisciplinary program in infectious diseases, biodefense, and public health preparedness. The PHPID program includes six colleges, the Colleges of Medicine, Public Health, Veterinary Medicine, Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Pharmacy, and Biological Sciences. Its purpose is to provide leadership in scientific discoveries and training of health professionals that will prevent or mitigate the public health impact of future catastrophic events.


As part of a dynamic and progressive team, the successful candidate is expected to lead a trans-disciplinary research, education, and outreach program emphasizing health at the interface of animals, humans, and the environment. The candidate is expected to implement the One Health concept ( by building an independent program while expanding active collaborations and building new collaborative initiatives within the Health Sciences Center of OSU and other PHPID colleges. Within this framework, a wide array of opportunities exists for collaboration with both applied and basic scientists working to understand diverse issues such as the ecology of zoonotic infectious diseases. In addition, the candidate will be expected to facilitate interaction with pertinent agencies including the Ohio Department of Agriculture Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, the Ohio Department of Health, the USDA APHIS Veterinary Services and Wildlife Services, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.


Preference will be given to candidates with the DVM or MD (or their equivalent), and advanced training (i.e. MPH, MS, DrPH, or PhD) and experience in a public health oriented discipline. Board certification and other experience in an area relevant to public health at the animal, human, and environment interface are highly desired. We expect a mid-level candidate who has demonstrated the ability to build a successful collaborative research and teaching program involving multiple researchers and agencies. Faculty rank will be based upon qualifications and experience, and will include a joint appointment between the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Medicine.


The OSU College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked 5th among North American colleges of veterinary medicine by US News and World Report. The Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine provides the major preventive medicine and public health focus for the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine.  Activities in the Department combine basic and applied research to address problems in broad areas of animal health, population medicine, and veterinary public health.  There are approximately 30 faculty members in the Department located at the College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbus, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, and at a veterinary teaching and service clinic in Marysville.  This structure provides extensive teaching, and research resources and considerable opportunity for collaboration.


Currently ranked 27th in the 2010 U.S. News & World Report's "America’s Best Graduate Schools," the OSU College of Medicine (OSUMC) has made one of the greatest leaps in rankings history, gaining 17 positions since 2003 among public and private medical colleges and schools of osteopathic medicine. The OSUMC's research enterprise encompasses more than 10 research centers and institutes as well as 22 core research laboratories that serve health sciences investigators across campus. Faculty hold more than $185 million in external research funding. The Division of Infectious Diseases ( has several strong academic programs with 24 faculty members and an annual research portfolio of over $6 million, including an NIH ACTU, CDC Epi Centers grant (one of five in the country) and PPG through the NIH Biodefense network. The division is strongly committed to clinical research and public health. It has a strong partnership with the city health department, which is an IRB-approved clinical research site, and a network of community hospitals for conducting epidemiologic research. OSU’s Center for Microbial Interface Biology ( focuses on research and education (including a T32 training grant) related to infectious diseases, microbial pathogenesis and biodefense and includes a campus-wide BSL3 biosecurity program (current extramural research support among the 77 members in seven colleges is over $90 million).


The Ohio State University was recently ranked third nationally in the list of best places to work in academia, according to The Scientist magazine. Columbus is the 15th ranked city by size in the United States (population of 730,000) and supports a vibrant, multifaceted community. Collegiality, civility, mutual support, and respect for others are strongly held values in the College of Veterinary Medicine. We support diverse beliefs and the free exchange of ideas and expect that faculty, staff, and students promote these values and apply them in a professional manner in all academic endeavors. The appointee should have excellent communication skills and an ability to work cooperatively with other faculty and staff.


Review of applications will begin August 1st, 2011 and will continue until an acceptable candidate is identified.  Applicants should submit a letter of application describing their professional goals, research interests, and teaching philosophy. Current curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of three professional references should also be sent to: Dr. Thomas E. Wittum, Search Committee Chair, Veterinary Preventive Medicine, The Ohio State University, 1920 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210; phone 614 292 1206; email  Further information can be obtained at  To build a diverse workforce Ohio State encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women.  EEO/AA e


Provided by: Kathleen Marriott, PhD, Program Director, PHPID, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (USA)