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Ohio State: Amy Fairchild to Lead Ohio State’s College of Public Health

Dr. Amy Lauren Fairchild will be the next dean of The Ohio State University College of Public Health. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, her appointment will be effective July 1 through June 30, 2024.

Dr. Fairchild will join Ohio State from Texas A&M University, where she serves as associate vice president for faculty and academic affairs in the Health Science Center and formerly served as associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Public Health. She is also a professor in the university’s Department of Health Policy and Management.
Dr. Fairchild’s research and professional service have focused on public health ethics, including issues related to privacy, paternalism, panic and disease control.

Dr. Fairchild said she was initially attracted to Ohio State’s College of Public Health because of its strong relationships with other programs throughout the university and its ongoing emphasis on working with experts from a variety of disciplines.

She is the author of two books — “Searching Eyes: Privacy, the State, and Disease Surveillance in America and Science at the Borders: Immigrant Medical Inspection” and the “Science at the Borders: Immigrant Medical Inspection and the Shaping of the Modern Industrial Labor Force“. In addition, her work has been published in numerous scholarly journals including Science, the New England Journal of Public Health, Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, and the American Journal of Public Health.

Dr. Fairchild earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s in public health and doctorate in sociomedical sciences (history) from Columbia University.