The Ohio State University — Chair, Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion

The Ohio State University College of Public Health seeks an innovative leader and scholar to chair the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion (HBHP).

Reporting to the dean, the HBHP chair will catalyze and lead a robust, high-impact interdisciplinary research program while enhancing public health education and practice at one of the nation’s flagship public research universities. The next chair will lead the division in developing a distinctive, impactful and unifying vision that aligns with the College of Public Health’s strategic plan and amplifies the behavioral and social science mission in the college and across the health sciences at Ohio State.

The chair will foster a culture that promotes an authentic commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. Working with the dean and fellow chairs, HBHP’s next leader will enhance interdisciplinary collaborations across Ohio State and strengthen community partnerships and other external relationships.

The college seeks a chair with demonstrated intellectual leadership in public health, a substantial record of scholarly or health policy achievement and strong visibility in the public health research or policy community. The ideal candidate would be able to enhance existing research programs, including but not limited to tobacco, cancer, opioid addiction, infectious diseases, violence, sexual and reproductive health and infant mortality. Candidates with experience outside these areas, including a strong grounding in the social sciences or humanities, are encouraged to apply.

The next chair is expected to recruit new faculty and provide strong mentorship across the division; oversee the MPH and PhD training programs in HBHP; provide support for the undergraduate public health major; develop and manage the division’s resources; and teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The successful candidate must have qualifications commensurate with tenure at the rank of professor in the College of Public Health. An earned doctorate is preferred. Read a comprehensive leadership profile at

The Ohio State University College of Public Health is a leader in public health research and education with local impact and global significance. The college offers 26 degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, including 10 dual or joint degree programs with other Ohio State colleges. A world-class public research university and the flagship teaching and research institution in the state, Ohio State provides a distinctive educational experience and pursues cutting-edge interdisciplinary research that brings together scholars from across diverse disciplines to solve key societal problems.

Applicants should provide a CV and a letter of interest that addresses the themes in the leadership profile, highlights their impact as teachers and scholars and outlines their relevant administrative experience. Review of candidate materials will continue until the position is filled.

WittKieffer is assisting The Ohio State University in this search. Application materials can be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal or by email to Philip Tang and Ashley Rittgers at 

To build a diverse workforce, The Ohio State University encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women. The university is an EEO/AA employer.