Our Mission, Vision, and Values for 2020

Mission: To facilitate opportunities and raise awareness of public health research, education, and practice for medical students.

Vision: To expose medical students to public health and foster leaders in public health and preventive medicine.

Values: Mentorship, Evidence-Based, Humanism, Equity, Pragmatic, Accessible, Conscientious, Justice, Sustainable

Elli Schwartz – Pre-Med in Public Health Champion of the Year

2020 Pre-Med in Public Health Champion of the Year Elli Schwartz

Elli Schwartz is an undergraduate student at OSU (Class of 2020) majoring in public health and minoring in neuroscience. She has conducted research on progressive multiple sclerosis, tobacco licensing laws, and acute HIV. Elli serves as the president of the Public Health Student Leadership Council and the VP of Research and Analytics of ENCompass, a student organization that connects members of the Columbus community to resources that address the social determinants of health. She also leads a program focused on increasing the awareness and availability of Naloxone/Narcan in high-risk neighborhoods of Columbus. After graduation, Elli plans on pursuing a dual degree in medicine and epidemiology. Please join us in congratulating Elli!

Thank you Dean Fairchild!

We want to make a special post to thank Dean Fairchild of the College of Public Health for meeting with us and discussing her goals for the partnership between the College of Medicine and the College of Public Health! We especially want to thank the Dean for her commitment to reproductive health as Madison Martinez leads a movement toward providing free menstrual products in the College of Public Health bathrooms!

Upcoming Events!


Homer Venters, M.D. is a physician, epidemiologist, and author of Life and Death in Rikers Island. He formerly served as the Chief Medical Officer of the NYC Correctional Health Services and is currently the Senior Health and Justice Fellow for Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS) and Clinical Associate Professor at the NYU College of Global Public Health.

Jennifer A. Clayton, R.N., B.A., C.C.H.P. is the current Deputy Director of Holistic Services for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction (ODRC).

Carlos Christian is co-founder of The Starts Within Organization (S.W.O.), a non-profit organization that combats the alarming recidivism rate that hinders the growth of communities across the nation

What: Event to include discussion of Homer’s book, Life and Death in Rikers Island, followed by a panel discussion featuring Jennifer A. Clayton, R.N., B.A., and Carlos Christian.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 5 / 3:30-5:00pm

Where: Scott Lab E100

Schweitzer Fellowship Information Session

Who: Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program



The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) was founded in 1940 to support Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s hospital in Africa. The U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program was launched in 1991 with the mission to support and train emerging health-focused graduate and professional students in creating and carrying out service projects to address unmet community needs. At the end of their yearlong project, Fellows join the Schweitzer Fellows for Life alumni network, now more than 2,000 strong.

The Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program is one of 13 ASF Programs located across the U.S. Since 2011, the Columbus-Athens Program has supported students who are dedicated to addressing the social determinants of health in underserved local communities, and whose example influences and inspires others.


Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows are graduate or professional students whose fields of study or personal interests are relevant to the program’s mission. Fellows receive a stipend of $3,000 to carry out an April-to-April community service project of at least 200 service hours, of which at least 100 hours involve direct client contact. Fellows partner with an existing community agency in the Columbus or Athens area and have both an academic and a community-based mentor. Fellows attend an orientation and monthly meetings and participate in reflective leadership development programming.


  • To provide skilled and compassionate direct services that address important unmet needs of local underserved individuals and communities;
  • To support and train emerging professional leaders in ways that strengthen their commitment to, and skills in, public service; and
  • To develop a pipeline of emerging professions with the capacity to effect change in the social and health care systems that will reduce and ultimately eliminate disparities that influence people’s health and lives.

When: Tuesday, November 12th from 12 – 1 pm

Where: Graves 1167


Recruiting M1s and M2s!

We are looking for M1s interested in joining our board and M2s that are interested in pursuing an MPH/MS in Public Health or a gap year of research in the College of Public Health! If interested, please fill out this form!

The OSUCOM Public Health Interest Group

The Public Health Interest Group at Ohio State College of Medicine was established in the summer of 2017 to connect and communicate public health research, service and practice with the Ohio State College of Medicine trainees and professionals. While this group is specifically targeting medical students, all levels of medical training are welcome to join us in our events from high school students to distinguished emeritus professors. The diversity of training and experience will only further diversify the conversations of the organization in the already interdisciplinary field of public health.

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