Job ID: 202768

Open Tenure-Track Faculty Positions, Race and Health Equity (RAISE Initiative) - Social Determinants

Ohio State University

  • Jan. 4, 2023
  • Open Tenure-Track Faculty Positions, Race and Health Equity (RAISE Initiative) - Social Determinants
  • Public Health | Health Behavior and Health Promotion
  • Ohio State University
    Columbus , OH
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Social and Behavioral Medicine
    Public Health/Management/Administration
    Public Health/Biostatistics/Epidemiology
    Informatics - All Categories


Public Health | Health Behavior and Health Promotion

Tenure faculty (regardless of rank) - persons with the titles of professor, associate professor, assistant professor and instructor who serve on appointments totaling 50% or more service to the university and who are eligible for tenure or who have obtained tenure. Duties and responsibilities are assigned in accordance with the workload guidelines laid out in the pattern of administration of each faculty member’s tenure initiation unit (TIU) and, as appropriate, regional campus; obligations will include research, service and/or teaching or clinical practice.  These faculty will have earned doctorate or other terminal degree in the relevant field of study or possession of equivalent experience.

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Open rank position opening studying social determinants of health– Ohio State University

The RAISE Initiative (Race, Inclusion, and Social Equity) of the Ohio State University (OSU) seeks to improve health equity through research contributing to an understanding and reduction of the impact of the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) on vulnerable and disenfranchised communities. We are committed to recruiting, retaining, developing, and advancing a cadre of SDOH-focused faculty, providing robust mentoring, and embedding them in interdisciplinary teams committed to narrowing social disparities impacting health equity. Specific research to address the SDOH is imperative as these nonmedical vital signs impact health to a greater degree than medical interventions. Challenges to be addressed include our ability to identify SDOH systematically and proactively or create interventions that meet the needs and expectations of the community.

We are seeking applications for three full-time tenure-track faculty at all ranks who are excited and committed to this call for action. Two of these positions could be hired as Fellows to Faculty at OSU, an innovative program in which successful candidates begin their career with two years of post-doctoral training followed by a position as a tenure track assistant professor. Expertise can include but is not limited to artificial intelligence (AI), data science and analytics, biomedical informatics, health professions, nursing, public health, and social and behavioral sciences. Faculty appointments will be in the College of Arts & Sciences (Psychology), Engineering (Computer Science and Engineering), Medicine (Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Department of Biomedical Informatics), Nursing, and Public Health (Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion). As a national leader in evidence-based interventions and interprofessional team translational science, OSU has a responsibility to advance research and implementation science on the SDOH that are particularly harmful to historically marginalized and minoritized groups.

The research of the three faculty appointments is expected to complement the strong basic, clinical and social science efforts of the following campus-wide centers (or institute): 1) Center for Cancer Health Equity in the Comprehensive Cancer Center; 2) Center for the Advancement of Team Science, Analytics, and Systems Thinking in Health Services and Implementation Science Research (CATALYST) in the College of Medicine; 3) Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Evaluation Studies (HOPES) in the College of Public Health; 4) Translational Data Analytics Institute (TDAI) and (5) College of Nursing Center for Healthy Aging, Self-Management and Complex Care, Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth and Fuld Institute for Evidence-Based Practice.

The search committee is especially interested in candidates who can demonstrate (1) a record of high-quality interdisciplinary research and scholarship, or for Assistant Professor candidates, demonstration of a solid inter-disciplinary research agenda and publication and external funding capability, (2) potential for high-quality teaching and mentoring of students from diverse backgrounds, and (3) a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. As part of OSU’s commitment to RAISE, we request candidates provide: (1) a brief DEI narrative describing commitment to improving inclusive excellence, (2) describe how current and future program of research demonstrates a focus on the SDOH and improving health equity; (3) and describe how their plans for developing interdisciplinary academic programming. It is envisioned that the selected three candidates will join other existing faculty or newly recruited faculty from other avenues to form a cluster dedicated to study of SDOH as they pertain locally to Ohio and nationally.

The Department of Psychology ( in the College of Arts and Science is searching for tenure-track faculty. Candidates who are well-grounded in theoretical approaches to the study of racism and intergroup relations and how these factors cause health disparities and related inequalities in modern society are invited to apply. Candidates who have worked in interdisciplinary settings and possess experience in computational and data-centric methods will be especially considered.

The Biomedical Informatics Department ( in the College of Medicine at OSU is searching for tenure-track faculty. Successful applicants will have a Ph.D. in computer science, biomedical informatics, biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, statistics, or related disciplines, with research interests in Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) in digital health that explore and leverage SDOH, and/or address health equity. 

The Department of Computer Science & Engineering ( in the College of Engineering invite applications for tenure-track faculty appointments. Successful applicants should hold or be completing a Ph.D. in computer science, computer engineering or a closely related field with primary research interests in data science and analytics and AI and specifically machine learning. Candidates with interests and experience with developing solutions to address Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) will be preferred.  However, all applicants with demonstratable record of achievement in developing AI/ML methods and cyberinfrastructure for large scale studies in the social sciences are welcome to apply. These scholars will be expected to work with others closely and hence should have demonstrable record of interdisciplinary collaborations.

The Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (  in the Department of Internal Medicine in the College of Medicine will recruit tenure-track physician-scientist with a well-established research program testing strategies to reduce racial disparities in cancer risk factors, incidence, mortality, and/or survival. Selected scholars will work with other scholars to address prevailing problems necessary to address SDOH.

Ohio State's College of Nursing (CON) ranks in the top 15 nationally in National Institutes of Health funding and invests in building innovative, multi-disciplinary research teams that can effectively and creatively address the nation's most pressing health and healthcare challenges. The vision of the CON is to transform health and improve lives. Our mission is to dream, discover and deliver a healthier world. Our faculty conduct research across a variety of healthcare, community- based, and educational settings, and manage active, funded research programs through our two research centers: the Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth, and the Center for Healthy Aging, Self-Management and Complex Care. We are seeking faculty to provide contributions with expertise in intervention development and implementation science, a focus on vulnerable communities, and the study of complex biological, behavioral, and social factors impacting SDOH.

The College of Public Health Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion at The Ohio State University is searching for a highly exceptional early career health behavior scientist for this role in the areas of health disparities and health equity. We especially welcome scholars whose research seeks to inform culturally appropriate interventions for the prevention/reduction of health disparities. Applications from scholars who incorporate multilevel and intersectional frameworks that inform intervention development, implementation, and evaluation are highly responsive to this call.

For more information about this position, please contact Elizabeth Klein, PhD, MPH, Professor and Chair, Health Behavior & Health Promotion at OSU College of Public Health at


The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, protected veteran status, or any other basis under the law.


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