College of Public Health

The center of a public health debate is whether parents should have their children vaccinated. Tara Smith, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology at Kent State University’s College of Public Health, challenges statements made by influential individuals who oppose the widespread use of vaccines, and she calls upon her colleagues in the scientific community to speak out to promote vaccination.

Kent State University’s College of Public Health is receiving national recognition for its online Master of Public Health degree. The Best Schools ranked Kent State 22 among colleges and universities around the country. It selected schools based on the quality of the program, the types of courses offered, the faculty, awards, rankings, and reputation, including the school’s reputation for effectively providing online degree programs.

Chante'l Owens is among four 18-year-olds and 10 19-year-olds who will have received degrees since last summer.

The demand for clinical research associates is high, and the field continues to grow. In 2013, clinical research associates ranked ninth in CNNMoney/Payscale’s 100 Best Jobs in America, which lists the top 100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work. In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employer demand for clinical research associates will rise by 22 percent through 2022. To help meet this need, Kent State University’s College of Public Health is now offering a new Clinical Trials Research concentration in its Bachelor of Science in Public Health.

Kent State University scholar Melissa Zullo, Ph.D., is all heart, an academic who lives and breathes research, almost literally. Zullo, an associate professor of epidemiology in Kent State’s College of Public Health, has spent a significant portion of her professional and academic career studying the best practices for helping cardiac and respiratory patients heal.

Tara Smith shares how she incorporates zombies into her professional work.

Kent State University’s Shanice Cheatham is one step closer to helping health care workers stop the spread of disease in underdeveloped countries. Cheatham took first place and won $4500 in the PITCH U elevator competition at the University of Akron, with the generous support of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

A Kent State University epidemiologist has refuted some age-old assumptions about depression in heart attack patients.

Studies have shown that people who suffer from depression are more likely to have heart disease or heart attacks in their lifetime. Worse still, similar research shows that heart patients who have depression face lower survival rates.

The green and blue colored algae that grows out of control, and often washes up on the shoreline of Lake Erie, is not only unsightly but harmful to many species including humans.

In Ohio, the western basin of Lake Erie has experienced some of the worst harmful algal blooms in recent years. The blooms have been detected this summer, as they were last summer when the area saw a harmful bloom of record size. And, in August of 2014, cyanobacteria from a harmful algal bloom contaminated the City of Toledo’s water supply and residents were forced to find alternative water sources.

Kent State University’s Online Learning Team in the Office of Continuing and Distance Education has earned national recognition for outstanding work in online education. The Association for Educational Communications and Technology presented first- and second-place awards to Kent State for its faculty training courses, “Online Classroom Examples and Ideas: A Showcase Course” and “A Pathway to Excellence: Kent State’s Online Faculty Development Program.” These training courses were designed to assist faculty members who teach online courses.

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