Kent State’s College of Public Health Offers New Clinical Trials Research Concentration

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. The new degree program, which began this academic year in the fall, is 100 percent online and can be taken from anywhere in the world.

The Clinical Trials Research concentration focuses on training students in the epidemiology methods used in clinical research. The curriculum provides students a thorough understanding of the design and management of clinical research studies; the scientific literature related to drugs, medical devices and other new therapies; and the federal regulations related to conducting clinical trials. Students will be prepared to design and answer research questions, collect and manage data, and communicate research findings to both scientific and lay audiences. The required internship will provide students hands-on experience in a clinical research setting. 

Students who complete the program will be qualified to work as a clinical research associate or research assistant in hospitals, research organizations, medical schools, universities, pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies where they will assist with and manage clinical research studies.   

“We’re very excited that we can now train students to work at the leading edge of medical research,” said Sonia Alemagno, dean of the College of Public Health at Kent State. “Being able to provide this kind of a degree option highlights the strengths of the College of Public Health.”

Melissa Zullo, Ph.D., an associate professor of epidemiology in Kent State’s College of Public Health, serves as program director of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health – Clinical Trials Research.

“The Clinical Trials Research concentration is ideal for students who want a research career in the health field or who want to pursue a graduate degree in epidemiology,” Zullo said. “Some students may combine this degree with a nursing, pre-pharmacy, pre-medical, biology or podiatric degree. The degree is versatile and provides students a strong foundation to conduct health research.”     

Prospective or current students interested in learning more about the Bachelor of Science in Public Health – Clinical Trials Research can contact Zullo at or 330-672-6509 or Jen Miller, assistant dean of Kent State’s College of Public Health, at 330-672-6245.  For more information about the concentration, visit

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 03:03 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM
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