Chair, Department of Social Medicine

Ohio University in Ohio

Date Posted June 23, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

Chair, Department of Social Medicine, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University


The Department of Social Medicine is seeking a professor or advanced associate professor to chair the evolving department. Academic leadership experience and PhD required. Discipline open. Candidates should possess a strong record of research, publishing and grants activity in the social and behavioral sciences or the humanities.  Experience with distance education is desirable.


The Department is focused on the following in both our research and teaching programs:  Improved service delivery to individuals and communities through seamless, team-based health care; Increased efficiency and patient satisfaction through participatory, collaborative models of health care; Improved population health, reduced health inequity, in the context of population health management; Healthcare transformation through IT: big data, predictive analytics, decision support regarding optimum treatment and quality outcomes.


We are seeking a dynamic and visionary Department Chair to oversee the department as the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (HCOM) expands to include two new campuses. In fall 2014, HCOM will open an extension campus (HCOM-Dublin) in Dublin, OH, a suburb of Columbus; in fall 2015, the College will open an extension campus in Cleveland (HCOM-Cleveland Clinic) in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic. The extension campuses will both increase access to health care for underserved urban populations and broaden research opportunities for Social Medicine faculty. The Department of Social Medicine will have at least two faculty at each extension campus as well as the faculty based on the main HCOM campus in Athens. The Chair, housed in Athens, will direct, supervise, and support Social Medicine faculty at all three campuses and pinpoint the needs and formulate the direction of the Department in light of the changing face of health and health care. and the learning needs of upcoming generations of medical students.


The successful candidate will hold a tenured faculty position in the Department of Social Medicine, a multi-disciplinary department comprised of social scientists studying health policy and politics, the social determinants of health, and factors affecting clinical decision-making. Current research and teaching areas of department members include biopsychosocial aspects of illness; health disparities; health policy; health behaviors; the history of women and childrens health; the medical and psychological effects of trauma across the lifespan; narrative-based medicine; biomedical ethics; and climate change and urban health.


RESPONSIBILITIES:  set the direction for the Department of Social Medicine; supervise, advise, and support faculty and staff; conduct ongoing research; write and publish articles in peer-reviewed publications; write and submit grants to secure external funding; facilitate medical student discussion groups; offer lectures to medical students in the candidates fields of interest; serve on Department, College, and University committees; and periodic travel to distance campuses for oversight.


Ohio University is a public university located in Athens, OH on a 1,800-acre campus. Founded in 1804, it is the oldest university in the Northwest Territory and the ninth oldest public university in the United States. Athens is a historic college town, a 70-minute drive from Columbus, OH, the states capital. With a population of 22,000, Athens is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and its exceptional cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities.


Applications must be submitted online at the following link:


For more information or questions, please contact:

Gillian Ice, PhD


Selection Committee Chair

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