The Mission of Kent State University's College of Public Health is to develop public health leaders and promote sustainable public health innovations in collaboration with community partners in northeast Ohio through teaching, research, and service. 

The Vision of the College is to be a leader in promoting individual well-being and improving public health.

The College is fully accredited as a school of public health by the Council on Education for Public Health.  It offers bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees in a wide range of disciplines.  Our faculty and students are engaged in innovative research designed to address some of today’s most important public health issues including substance abuse, active living, chronic disease, violence prevention, and effective management of public health organizations.

The College’s strategic plan is aligned with Kent State University’s priorities of

  • Students First
  • National Distinction
  • Global Competitiveness
  • Regional Impact
  • Organizational Stewardship

We meet our students’ needs by expanding our academic offerings both in-class and online, providing career services, and addressing the needs of international and under-represented students.

We strive for national distinction through our faculty’s cutting-edge research and a robust student research program.

We increase our global competitiveness through relationships with global health organizations such as the World Health Organization and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, and by recruiting students from around the world.

We have a regional impact through experiential learning opportunities for students, providing technical assistance to local governmental and non-governmental organizations, and providing continuing education to local practitioners.

We practice organizational stewardship by promoting a healthy campus initiative, engaging our alumni, and implementing sound financial management policies.

Together, our faculty, staff, and students are making a difference on campus, in the region, nationally, and in many parts of the world.

Undergraduate Degrees

For students just beginning their careers we offer the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) in seven concentration areas. We also offer an 18-credit hour certificate and a minor in Public Health for non-public health majors. Public Health program courses are available both online and on-campus. Available concentrations are:

  • Public Health graduate and undergraduate students are highly encouraged to study away/abroad to help connect their classroom learning and to gain exposure to other cultures and areas of the world. In fact, students pursuing a concentration Global Health are required to study away as part of their degree requirements.

  • Kent State University's Ways to Give page describes how to give a gift by check, through an employer matching program (make your gift count even more!), through payroll deduction (Kent State employees only), or as a bequest in the memory of a loved one. 

  • Diversity in Global Health Symposium, Friday, April 26, 2019, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center, 215 Depeyster Street, Kent, OH, 44240. Confirm your reservation by email to Karen Baker,

  • Kent State University College of Public Health was established in 2009 to educate and train students to meet the current and projected shortage of public health professionals in Ohio and the nation. Our academic programs integrate theory and practice equipping graduates with the knowledge and skills requested for the health challenges in the 21st century.

  • The College frequently offers continuing education and training for public health professionals through the Office of Public Health Practice and Partnerships.