Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Disease

Mission and goals

Ever present threats of disease pandemics, bioterrorism, food-borne illnesses and natural disasters underscore the importance of public health preparedness for the United States. Since the program's inception, researchers in several colleges at Ohio State have been focusing on emerging infectious disease threats and how we can respond. PHPID faculty membership and infectious disease research spans the entire university. These colleges are: Arts and Sciences; Dentistry, Education & Human EcologyEngineering, Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences;  Medicine; Nursing, Pharmacy; Public Health; Veterinary Medicine.

Mission Statement

To improve global health and wellness by reducing the threats of infectious diseases through innovative interdiciplinary research, education and outreach. This will be achieved through a program of research excellence that is broad in scope encompassing the full range of relevant sciences from the laboratory bench to the community. We embrace the interdisciplinary nature of the program recognizing that breakthroughs will likely emerge at the interface of scientific disciplines. Accordingly, this program draws strength from both the diversity of academic programs that underlie it, as well as a unifying focus and direction related to public health preparedness and infectious diseases.

Our Vision

A world free from the threat of infectious diseases.


Strategic Priorities  

Through a process of strategic planning, the program has identified 4 strategic priority areas in which to focus our efforts and resources. These priorities, developed by program members are:

1. Focusing innovative science and technology in thematic areas - center around targeted enrichment and development grants focusing on

  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostics
  • Epidemiology
  • Food Safety

2. Enhancing education, knowledge transfer and informing public policy - centered around decreasing fragmentation and increasing cooperation and collaboration of resources

3. Improving public health and patient care by developing new products (therapeutics, diagnostics, vaccines) to address unmet needs - centered around enhancing relationship between PHPID program and Tech licensing/Tech development entities

  • Expand and achieve new partnerships
  • Enhance commercial opportunities 

4. Increasing visibility and impact - centered around expanding campus-wide impact and strong International reach through OSU Gateway countries (China, India, Brazil, Africa)

  • Expand global role and position
  • Align with internal OSU strategies and resources

Key activities within the TIE:

  • Faculty membership. There are approximately 160 faculty members across six participating colleges.
  • Faculty recruitment. PHPID resources have brought 11 new faculty to Ohio State who are enhancing our abilities to:

1. Translate scientific discoveries into clinical applications.
2. Detect the presence of emerging infectious diseases within communities, the underlying mode of transmission, and strategies for prevention, control, and treatment.
3. Prevent human infection from antibiotic resistant zoonotic microorganisms through an understanding of livestock immune systems with an aim to reduce use of antibiotics in animals.
4. Address food safety issues during production, food processing, transport, storage, retail, and consumer use.
5. Train professionals in veterinary public health and infectious diseases public health preparedness.

  • Open campus-wide dialogue on the most pressing ID issues, including a seminar series to promote interaction among college faculty.
  • Presentations and programming. PHPID members present at national meetings and participate in programmatic grants.