Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health (PhD) in Health Policy and Management

The PhD in Public Health specializing in Health Policy and Management at Kent State University prepares students for a career in public health research, which demands interdisciplinary skills to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing field. 

Doctoral students in the health policy and management specialization will learn to design and implement studies and use advanced quantitative methods to examine critical and emerging health issues.

Students pursuing their PhD in Public Health specializing in Health Policy and Management will benefit from active faculty research agendas in:

  • Health systems research
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Reproductive health
  • Access to health care
  • Health literacy
  • Substance abuse
  • Community based interventions

Students who graduate with the PhD in Public Health's Health Policy and Management specialization are scholars and leaders in a variety of job settings, including Federal and state health agencies, academic health centers and hospitals, policy and research institutes, managed care and insurance corporations, and health planning organizations.

If you want to pursue a career that will help you make a difference, the Kent State College of Public Health is a great place to get started.

We are now accepting PhD applications for full-time study beginning Fall 2017.  To guarantee consideration of your application, you must submit your complete application by January 31, 2017.  International students should contact the Kent State University Office of Global Education ( to determine appropriate deadline(s) for their application.  Applicants interested in applying for Graduate Assistantships must also submit their assistantship applications by the deadline above to be guaranteed consideration (see for Graduate Assistantship application).

Don’t forget to explore our other PhD in Public Health programs and find out how they can help you prepare for career opportunities in the field.

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