Instructor Profiles

Robert Jennings

Robert Jennings is a communications and public relations professional with nearly 30 years of experience in various public sector organizations.  Mr. Jennings formerly served as the Director of Communications for the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) in both the Strickland and Kasich Administrations (2008 – 2014).  In his role with the state health department, Mr. Jennings was responsible for overseeing all internal and external communications and focused on developing a dynamic public affairs program that promoted the agency's mission, vision, goals and accomplishments using various media and emerging technologies.

During the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic, his office received national recognition for using social media, a dedicated website, and multi-cultural outreach strategies to keep Ohioans informed as the disease spread across the U.S. and throughout the world.  In 2014, he played an integral role in keeping Ohioans well-informed during the state’s emergency response efforts to the worldwide Ebola threat.  In 2014, Mr. Jennings assumed the role of special assistant to the director of health and led the agency’s office of stakeholder relations (2014-2015).

Prior to joining ODH, Mr. Jennings spent 11 years in various communications roles at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities in the Voinovich and Taft Administrations. 

Mr. Jennings holds a Bachelor of Science in communications and is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy with a concentration in strategic management. Mr. Jennings served as a Command Sergeant Major in the Ohio Army National Guard where he helped develop multinational training partnerships with Eastern European countries.  

Mr. Jennings now works as the founder and principal of RLJ Strategic Communications, a public relations and communications consulting firm in Columbus and is an active member of the Ohio Public Health Association.    

Courses Taught by Robert Jennings