College of Public Health | College of Public Health | Kent State University

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.

Dr. Gemma Casadesus Smith, a researcher in biological sciences, poses with some of her research into Alzheimer's Disease.


Prepare for a career in public health that can lead to management and research positions with government agencies, health care organizations, biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies, academic/research institutions and non-profit corporations.

Students taking advantage of the wifi access points all over Kent campus.

Online Learning

Bachelor's and Master's degrees are available 100% online.  BSPH concentrations include Allied Health, Health Promotion and Education and Health Services Administration.  A Public Health Certificate and Public Health Minor are also available. MPH specialization 100% online includes Health Policy and Management.

Public health students participate in a disaster preparedness exercise on campus as part of their training.

Continuing Education

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

Two students share a laugh during the Black Squirrel Festival being held on the Student Green. The festival is a way to welcome students back to campus.

Global Opportunity

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.