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Master of Public Health Degree Now Available at Kent State

Posted May, 11, 2010

The Ohio Board of Regents has approved a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree to be offered at Kent State University. Available through the university’s new College of Public Health, the master’s degree joins Kent State’s offering of a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (B.S.P.H.) and an 18-credit hour undergraduate certificate in public health. The university plans to offer doctoral degrees, providing the full range of public health degrees.

Starting in fall 2010, Kent State will begin offering the Master of Public Health in five specializations: epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and health policy and management.

“Jobs in health care have been identified as the top careers for the next decade,” said Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. “The demand is there, in Ohio and beyond. And, positions in public health are great paying and very rewarding. Kent State is uniquely positioned to deliver pathways to public health careers, whether you’re a student pursuing a bachelor’s for an entry-level position in a public health agency or a current member of the public health workforce who doesn’t have formal training in public health. That’s where our bachelor’s, master’s and certificate programs come in.”

The College of Public Health at Kent State is Ohio’s second college of public health. It was established to help meet the demonstrated state and national need for public health professionals. According to a February 2008 report by the Association of Schools of Public Health, America will need 250,000 more public health workers by 2020 – a well-educated, technologically savvy and multidisciplinary workforce that includes epidemiologists, biostatisticians, health educators, health program administrators, health policy analysts, public health physicians and nurses, and occupational and environmental health specialists.

This spring, 146 students are taking four public health courses through its Experimental Programs Division, and the university is accepting applications for its programs for fall 2010. The college has 17 full-time tenure track faculty members with the goal of 25 by 2012. Dr. Mark A. James, professor and vice chair of the Department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, becomes the founding dean of Kent State’s College of Public Health when he joins the university on July 1, 2010.

For more information on the College of Public Health, call 330-672-6500 or visit www.kent.edu/publichealth.

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Media Contacts:
Ken Slenkovich, kslenkov@kent.edu, 330-672-6504
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595