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About the College of Public Health

Kent State University’s College of Public Health offers a range of “pathways to careers in public health” to meet the needs of today’s students, including:

  • Incoming Freshmen who have decided to pursue a career in public health
  • Current students in other disciplines who are seeking to augment their academic program and expand their career possibilities, or who have not yet decided the field of study they want to pursue
  • Adults who are practicing public health professionals that want to receive advanced training

Kent State’s College of Public Health is the only school in Ohio to offer a Bachelors of Science in Public Health.  The College also offers an 18-credit hour certificate in public health that provides an introduction to the major public health disciplines for students as well as professionals who are interested in enhancing their career opportunities.  In addition, the College offers degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels.

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Currently the College of Public Health has 18 full-time faculty in the following disciplines: epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, social and behavioral science, and health policy and management. The faculty members have an established record of grant-funded scholarship with a combined total of $29 million in externally funded research during their careers.  College of Public Health faculty members are constantly working toward producing cutting-edge research to advance the knowledge of how to keep people safe, healthy and productive.

The Kent State College of Public Health is built on the Academic Health Department model.  This fosters collaboration and co-location between the College and local public health agencies.  The result is community-based research and program development aimed at combining academic scholarship with public health practice.

An Academic Health Department (AHD) is an organized partnership between schools of public health (SPH) and health departments creating a dynamic academic-practice collaboration, which effectively pools assets of both institutions.  The creation of AHDs maximizes resources and strengthens the important connection between academia and practice.” (Association of Schools of Public Health)