Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Disease

PHPID membership open to all faculty


The Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases (PHPID) program has made great progress in its development since its creation in 2005 and is now a campus-wide, faculty led Targeted Investment in Excellence.

In 2005, the PHPID program was established as a Provost-initiated Targeted Investment in Excellence (TIE). This formed an interdisciplinary collection of researchers and educators from the six founding colleges (Public Health, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biological Sciences, Pharmacy, and Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) with interests in infectious agents and diseases. Since then, over 170 faculty have joined and participated in programs, initiatives and projects created and directed by the members. The PHPID program has harnessed the talents and efforts of an impressive scope and depth of several existing and unique OSU academic and research programs at OSU. Indeed, this is an area of extreme national importance and the PHPID program contributes to yielding applicable high impact discoveries and working toward improving the human condition globally.

 The evolution of the PHPID program and its measurable impacts warrant expansion by inviting applicable full-time faculty from other units within the university. Leadership for the PHPID program is provided by a steering committee consisting of representatives from each of the original six colleges. The leadership believes that expanding involvement beyond the original PHPID program member colleges will build a stronger and more comprehensive network of interdisciplinary researchers and educators who collaboratively engage in studying infectious agents and diseases.

 The PHPID program focus areas to date have been in translational research in microbial pathogenesis; infectious disease transmission and epidemiology; clinical trials; food safety; and, environmental monitoring. Faculty members embody the interdisciplinary nature of novel infectious agent and disease research, and some positions are inherently interdisciplinary due to split hires/joint appointments between and among academic units. The PHPID program has also provided funding for graduate research assistantships and faculty pilot research projects, all of which have been highly successful and generated a significant return on investment for the program, the departments, and the university.

 Advantages of participation and membership include: access to enrichment, developmental and seed grants targeted toward infectious agent and disease research; access to financial assistance programs; attendance to workshops and symposiums developed by the program; networking with researchers beyond individual units; involvement with others who share interests from a different perspective; and, many new initiatives and projects yet to be determined.

We strive to include all faculty members who are doing or have done research related to infectious diseases across the university. We invite and encourage you to join us as we work towards our mission to improve global health and wellness by reducing the threats of infectious diseases through innovative interdisciplinary research, education and outreach. Membershipis available to all full time or emeritus Ohio State University faculty. To find out more about the program or membership, contact Dr. Kat Marriott, PHPID Program Director at