Focus Areas

The Discovery Themes provide Ohio State with an unprecedented opportunity to find durable solutions to today's—and tomorrow's—most compelling issues. This is the world's agenda. And, through the Discovery Themes initiative, we are making it Ohio State's.

Officially launched in October, 2012, the Discovery Themes owe their existence to a 2008 planning retreat where faculty, staff, students, and other university leaders considered the globe's most pressing challenges and Ohio State's role in addressing them. Subsequent institution-wide strategic planning efforts confirmed the university's excellence in a number of the challenge areas, especially these: ensuring a sustainable future, nourishing the world's growing population, and promoting the health of people everywhere. With expertise in these areas located throughout Ohio State's six campuses, 15 colleges, 105 departments, and more than 220 centers and institutes, the Discovery Themes of Energy and Environment, Food Production and Security, Health and Wellness and the Humanities and the Arts were identified as long-term targets of university-wide teaching, research, and engagement.