College of Public Health

The State of Ohio and the Department of Higher Education awarded Kent State University a $510,000 Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills grant.

In 2009, Shanice Cheatham, who received her bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in 2013 and is pursuing a graduate degree in environmental health sciences at Kent State, was told that her father had a 10 percent chance of living after being infected with MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is a type of staph bacteria resistant to antibiotics used to treat general staph infections, according to the Mayo Clinic website.

Scholar of the Month
Willie H. Oglesby III
Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management
College of Public Health
2009-present

Willie Oglesby is a member of the founding faculty at the College of Public Health. He is an associate professor of health policy and management and also serves as the assistant director of the Office of Public Health Practice and Partnerships.

 

Kent State University nursing and public health students are learning about how faith based organizations play a key role in providing health care around the world.

As part of their degree program, 20 students, along with Ken Slenkovich, assistant dean of Kent State’s College of Public Health, attended the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Scholar of the Month
Tara C. Smith
Associate Professor of Epidemiology 
College of Public Health
2013-present

Tara C. Smith is an associate professor of epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology in the College of Public Health. Her research focuses on emerging infectious diseases, zoonotic diseases (infections which are transferred from animals to humans), Staphylococcus aureus, bacterial ecology and antibiotic resistance.

Scholar of the Month
Tara C. Smith
Associate Professor of Epidemiology 
College of Public Health
2013-present

Tara C. Smith is an associate professor of epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology in the College of Public Health. Her research focuses on emerging infectious diseases, zoonotic diseases (infections which are transferred from animals to humans), Staphylococcus aureus, bacterial ecology and antibiotic resistance.

Earlier this year, the state of Ohio designated the second Tuesday of April as “Ohio Internship and Co-op Appreciation Day.” The purpose of the day, which falls on April 14 this year, is to raise awareness of the value of internship and co-op opportunities in this state and promote the establishment of internship and co-op programs at businesses and nonprofit agencies in Ohio.

Kent State University’s College of Nursing and College of Public Health are collaborating with the Portage County Health Department and the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to stage a disaster simulation exercise. The Point of Dispensing Exercise, which involves a mock Anthrax release, triage and treatment site, will take place Tuesday, Apr. 14, and Thursday, Apr. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Kent State University researchers will launch three new studies of harmful algal blooms (HAB) in Lake Erie this spring as part of an overall $2 million water quality initiative by the Ohio Board of Regents. 

Harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie can produce toxins that make water hazardous to drink and force cities to use additional treatment steps to remove the toxins. In August, nearly 500,000 of the city of Toledo’s customers were without safe tap water over a weekend due to the HAB in Lake Erie. 

The recent measles outbreak in the United States has stirred up a lot of debate about getting children vaccinated. Kent State University associate professor Tara Smith in the College of Public Health shared her views with CNN on what does and does not influence parents to vaccinate their children. 

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