Health and Well-Being, Human Behavior, and Bioinformatics

The Ohio State University


Ohio State


The Health and Well-Being, Human Behavior, and Bioinformatics Center of Excellence at The Ohio State University addresses critical problems in health care by applying the depth of knowledge and talent of the faculty at one of the nation's most comprehensive universities. The Center brings together the resources of the core health sciences colleges, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, and public health. It also, however, incorporates the varied perspectives of engineering, natural and mathematical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, education and human ecology, food, agricultural and environmental sciences, and social work, to create novel, cross-disciplinary solutions to national and global health issues. The Center applies a "systems approach," integrating researchers and educators in basic and applied sciences with informatics experts, inventors, and clinicians to accelerate discovery-topractice pathways, improve health care effectiveness and access, secure economic growth through intellectual property creation and commercialization, and disseminate this knowledge through innovative education.

Driving Economic Advancement

The economic impact of the Center in the State of Ohio is enormous, with a magnitude estimated in the billions. In an analysis by Tripp-Umbach, Inc. in 2008, the business volume of The Ohio State University Medical Center was $2.4 billion annually, with approximately 40 percent of the net revenue coming from out-of-state sources. This impact is expected to grow by 71 percent with the completion of OSU Medical Center's Project One expansion by 2015.


  • Ohio State Centers associated with this Center of Excellence include: The Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of 41 such NIH-designated Centers nationwide; The Center for Clinical and Translational Science, one of 46 such NIH-designated centers nationwide; and The Initiative in Population Research, one of 35 such centers funded by the NIH
  • Programs affiliated with this Center of Excellence are awarded more than $300 million annually in extramural grant funding


  • Amount of extramural research funding (federal, state, and private)
  • Number of scholarly activities (papers, books, conferences, seminars, journal publications, and citation impact)
  • Number of new intellectual property generated (patents, tech licenses) and amount of tech licensing revenue
  • Number of new companies formed; venture capital attracted
  • Number of industry sponsored research and clinical trials
  • Number of students graduated from health sciences related fields and specializations


  • Reduce nursing vacancies in the region by 25 percent within the next five years
  • Increase the number of graduates entering the biomedical and health care fields
  • Increase the number of minority graduates entering the biomedical and health care fields
  • Increase the number of faculty publications, research and training grants, and patents