Center for Global Health

James Ebert, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., Oscar Boonshoft Chair and Director

Michele Battle-Fisher
Michele Battle-Fisher, M.P.H., M.A.

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health


Ph.D. coursework in public health, The Ohio State University

Ph.D. coursework in communication studies, Ohio University

M.A., African American and African Studies, The Ohio State University, 2003

M.P.H., The Ohio State University, 2002

B.A., Psychology and Black Studies, The Ohio State University, 1993


Social and Behavior Determinants of Health (support)

Social Networks and Health

Research Interests

Complexity science/Social network analysis

Health Policy

Urban Policy

Bioethics/ Public Health Ethics

Systems Theory

Active Projects
  1. Use of system dynamics (complexity) to understand perceptions of weight gain
  2. Theoretical and policy implications of built environment and social networks on urban health
  3. Book manuscript underway: The Ties that Bind: Health, Social Networks and Being Human (an exploration of complexity/systems through the lens of citizenship, ethics and narrative)
  4. Private and public sphere tensions in public health ethics
  5. Founder and main blogger of the health and complexity blog, Orgcomplexity (
  6. Social network analysis (mixed methods) investigation of overlapping networks on Quality of Life and Health Outcomes of Chronically Ill Patients
  7. Extension of work in Applications of Systems Thinking in Health Policy and Public Health Ethics into area of Health Law and Governance
  8. Working with Earth System Governance on systemic issues in global economic sustainability
  9. Continue to expand reach of Orgcomplexity
  10. Development of analyzing idea of ‘liquid networks’ for innovation using systems science
Major Leadership Positions

Member, Board of Directors, The Center for Ethical Solutions

Associate Expert, Bioethics Beyond Borders (Duquesne University)

Founder, Orgcomplexity


Clinical Assistant Professor, Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine (2014- present)

Research Scholar, Ronin Institute (2014-present)

Research Fellow, Earth System Governance Project (2014- present)

Member, Board of Directors, The Center for Ethical Solutions (2012- present)

Member, Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (2013- present)

Associate Expert, Bioethics Beyond Borders (NGO at Duquesne University) (2013- present)

Founder, Orgcomplexity (2013- present)

Co-editor, U.S. Health Policy Gateway (2014)


Selected participant, 2012 ISSH Institute on Systems Science and Health (NIH)

Graduate Scholar Award, 1st Annual Aging & Society Conference: An Interdisciplinary Conference, University of California, Berkeley (2011)

Visiting Scholar, The Hastings Center, Garrison, NY (2010)

FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowship (Somali language study), United States Department of Education, Ohio University (academic year 2007-08)


Battle-Fisher, M. (June 2009) Brown skin, kneeling and anointing to brown skin, genuflecting and “Sign of the Cross” — A Black girl’s experience with religious conversion. Qualitative Inquiry. 15:7, 1125-26.

Battle-Fisher, M. (Dec. 2010) Organ donation ethics: are donors autonomous within Collective networks? [electronic version] OJHE Online Journal of Health Ethics. 6(2). Retrieved from

Battle-Fisher, M. (Nov. 2011) Severity in Scope versus Altruism: Working Against Organ Donation’s Realization of Goals- An Essay. [electronic version] OJHE Online Journal of Health Ethics. 7(2). Retrieved from

Battle-Fisher, M. (Sept. 2013). Urban Greenspace and Collective Health Ownership. Mindful Nature, 6(3),33-5. Retrieved from ownership-article-159.php?issue=21.

Francis, S., Battle-Fisher, M., Liverpool, J., Hipple, L., Mosavel, M., Shogun, S., & Mofammere, M. (2011) A qualitative analysis of South African women's knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about HPV and cervical cancer prevention, vaccine awareness and acceptance, and maternal-child communication about sexual health. Vaccine, 29, 8760-8765.

Ledbetter, A., Heiss, S., Sibal, K., Lev, E. , Battle-Fisher, M., & Shubert, N. (April 2010) Parental Invasive and Children's Defensive Behaviors at Home and Away at College: Mediated Communication and Privacy Boundary Management. Communication Studies. 61:2, 184 – 204.

Abdel-Hamid T., Ankel F., Battle-Fisher M., Gibson B., Gonzalez-Parra G., Jalali M., Kaipainen K., Kalupahana N., Karanfil O., Marathe A., Martinson B., McKelvey K., Sarbadhikari S. N., Pintauro S., Poucheret P., Pronk N., Qian Y., Sazonov E., Oorschot K. V., Venkitasubramanian A. and Murphy P. (2014). Public and health professionals’ misconceptions about the dynamics of body weight gain/loss. System Dynamics Review. 30: 58–76. doi: 10.1002/sdr.1517.

Battle-Fisher, M. "Minorities As Research Subjects [Addendum]." Bioethics. Ed. Bruce Jennings. 4th ed. Vol. 4. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2014. 2107. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 25 June 2014.

Battle-Fisher, M. (2015) Application of Systems Thinking to Health Policy & Public Health Ethics: Public Health and Private Illness (SpringerBriefs in Public Health Ethics Series). New York: Springer International.  ISBN13 978-3319122021


Battle-Fisher, M. 2013-5-13. The structural and ethical complexity of private and public health. Paper presented to Complex Systems Advanced Academic Workshop (CSAAW) at the Michigan Complexity Mini-Conference, University of Michigan- Center for the Study of Complex Systems (CSCS), May 13, 2013.

Battle-Fisher, M. & Mawasha, J. 2012-11-6. Longevity and Quality of Life of the aging chronically ill: the development of the Concentric Model of Health-Bound Networks. Paper presented to the 2012 Aging & Society: An Interdisciplinary Conference, University of British Columbia,Vancouver, Canada, November 6, 2012

Battle-Fisher, M., 2011-11-8. Whose Quality of Life Is It Anyway: The Collective Health Experience and Quality of Life. Paper presented to the 2011 Aging and Society: An Interdisciplinary Conference, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Ledbetter, A., Heiss, S., Sibal, K., Lev, E., Battle-Fisher, M., & Shubert, N. 2009-11-14. Parental Privacy Invasions and Children’s Defensive Behaviors at Home and Away at College: Mediated Communication and Boundary Management. Paper presented to the annual meeting of the National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL.

Quick, B. L., Moriarty, C.M. & Battle-Fisher, M. 2008-05-21. An Empirical Test of the EPPM While Promoting HIV Tests: Does Trait Reactance and Sensation Seeking Moderate the Model’s Predictions? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Available online.)