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"Kent State is committed to offering programs in high-demand and emerging fields. These 21st-century programs translate into good jobs for our students - students who graduate with everything it takes to help our nation retain its competitive edge and sustain long-term economic health."
President Lester A. Lefton

Creating Academic Paths to Progress and Prosperity

Addressing Urgent, National Health Care Needs

The university's decision to put the creation of a College of Public Health on a fast track was big, bold and, ultimately, the right one at the right time. The new college - the only one in Northeast Ohio; the second in Ohio; and one of only 40 nationwide - is helping to meet the demands of an H1N1 world, taking advantage of Kent State strengths in areas such as nursing, biopreparedness, sociology and violence prevention.

The only institution in Ohio to offer public-health degrees at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, Kent State prepares students for career prospects in high-demand areas such as biostatistics, epidemiology, health services administration, environmental health and health education, while providing the nation with highly trained public-health professionals.

Kent State addressed the growing national shortage of nurses and nursing faculty by launching an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing/Master of Science in Nursing program. Kent State nurses with master's degrees are in high demand as clinical specialists, nursing school educators and leaders in health care agencies.

The School of Health Science in the College of Education, Health and Human Services trains professionals for the fields of allied health, athletic training, exercise science, exercise physiology, health education and promotion, integrated health studies, nutrition and dietetics, and speech pathology and audiology.