The College offers career services for undergraduate and graduate students through our Office of Public Health Practice and Partnerships 

Our Public Health Ambassadors, Bill Franks, Matt Stefanak, Bob Howard and Ken Slenkovich are available to meet with students on an appointment basis to provide career counseling.  Bill and Matt are retired local health commissioners with decades of experience and numerous professional contacts in Ohio and nationally.  Bob is a former hospital executive who was responsible for strategic planning and other organization-wide indicatives at Akron Children's Hospital.  They are dedicated to helping students prepare themselves for a career in public health and health care offering:

  • Resume review and guidance
  • Job interview advice
  • Referrals for internships, practicums, job shadowing, and job openings

Please schedule an appointment with one of our Public Health Ambassadors.


Fall 2021 Career Sessions: 

Internships, Applied Practice Experience, and Careers in FQHCs
October 6, 2021 @ 12:00 PM
Carrie Farquhar
Director of Workforce Development
Ohio Association of Community Health Centers
Public Health Workforce Development
October 27, 2021 @ 5:30 PM
Mark Frisone
Executive Director
Family & Community Services of Portage County
Career Paths in Environmental Health at the State level
November 3, 2021 @ 12:00 PM
Gene Phillips
Chief, Bureau of Environmental Health & Radiation Protection
Ohio Department of Health
Employment in Human Services Programs
November 17, 2021 @ 5:00 PM
Alec Boros & Lori Lawrence
Research Manager (Boros), VP of Programs (Lawrence)
Oriana House
Public Health Workforce Development
December 1, 2021 @ 12:00 PM
Bobbi Krabill
Deputy Director
Ohio Department of Health

RSVP For All Sessions at: 

https://kent.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9RK8ofOzIRDWz8q


Public Health Career Session Series Hosted by the College of Public Health Ambassadors

Fall 2021 archived sessions available for viewing:

September 8, 2021Internships, Applied Practice Experience, and Careers in Environmental Health at the Local and Departmental Level

September 22, 2021 Careers in Long Term Care

Spring 2021 archived sessions available for viewing:

February 24, 2021 – Dr. Sheryl Chatfield, Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health, discusses her interests in qualitative and health behavioral research and her career choices that brought her into academic public health.  View the archived session here: https://ksuprod-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/rhowar13_kent_edu/Efm9eXxOnENJqTdxfEZi6bIB0a9u_Lh4EmMbs1pVyyaZPA 

March 10, 2021 - Lisa Vojtush and Bryan Woit from Canton-based Aultcare talk about career opportunities in the health insurance industry and introduce two College of Public Health alumni who currently work for Aultcare.  View the archive session here: https://ksuprod-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/wfranks2_kent_edu/ET3GokzOsqVIrMaQ6YZ1cMgBjJrsObEvkGqiN40Y6BwZHQ

March 24, 2021 Iris Harvey and Kayle Klesser discuss their work in promoting access to reproductive health services at Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio. Ms. Klesser is a CPH MPH alumna. View the archived session here:  https://video.kent.edu/media/College+of+Public+Health+Career+Session+-+Planned+Parenthood+of+Greater+Ohio-20210324_130023-Meeting+Recording/1_5xzfnz29

April 7, 2021 – Dr. Steven Paciorek, College of Public Health PhD alumnus, discusses his work overseeing a wide array of services for the City of Brecksville.  View the archived session here: https://video.kent.edu/media/College+of+Public+Health+Career+Session+-+Planned+Parenthood+of+Greater+Ohio-20210324_130023-Meeting+Recording/1_5xzfnz29

April 28, 2021Robert Hakes, Director of Government Relations for the Fitzgibbon Group, discusses his work in health policy development with this Columbus consulting firm.  Mr. Hakes is a College of Public Health MPH alumnus.  View the archived session here: https://video.kent.edu/media/College+of+Public+Health+Career+Session+-+Fitzgibbon+Group-20210428_175930-Meeting+Recording/1_l1ursv42

Careers in Public Health

What kinds of careers Public Health are available in today’s job market?

The public health field has a wide range of career opportunities for students who want to make a difference in the lives of others. Professionals in various public health careers are responsible for improving the health and well-being of communities and individuals. Kent State Public Health students who are passionate about these issues can pursue a variety of different career paths that are both professionally and financially rewarding.

Learn more about the following careers in Public Health by clicking on the links below:

Globally there is a shortage of nearly 4.3 million health workers, and this is expected to increase by an additional 20 percent in the next two decades.¹ Because of this, there will be an increase in demand for graduates to fill these public health jobs.

According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health:

More than 250,000 additional public health workers will be needed by 2020 to avert a public health crisis … Over the next 12 years, schools would have to train three times the current number of public health students to meet projected needs.²

This trend is also true for Ohio. The United Health Foundation projects that by the year 2020 the public health workforce shortages for the state of Ohio will be in excess of 10,000 workers.

Public Health Careers: Salary Expectations

According to recent salary surveys, yearly compensation ranges from $31,500 to $161,400 for the following types of careers in Public Health:

  • Health services administrator
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Biostatistician
  • Internal health specialist
  • Health educator
  • Occupational health & safety specialist
  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Food safety specialist

Our faculty and staff are committed to preparing Kent State Public Health students to meet the requirements for these and other public health careers. Our curriculum combines academic and theoretical training with practical, hands-on experiences in real worksite settings.

How do I determine which public health program is best for me? 

Schedule an advising appointment

To set up an appointment with our Academic Advising staff, call 330-672-6500 or e-mail us at publichealth@kent.edu


1World Health Organization. The World Health Report 2006: working together for health. World Health Organization; Geneva: 2006 (accessed November 17, 2009).

2Association of Schools of Public Health. Confronting the Public Health Workforce Crisis (accessed November 17, 2009).