FAQ | College of Public Health | Kent State University

If you have questions about pursuing your master's in public health in Ohio, or if you want more information about the field in general, you've come to the right place.

We've compiled a list of the masters of public health FAQs many students have as they consider pursuing this degree program at Kent State. Click on any of the questions below to get helpful information about degree options, the public health industry, the application process and much more. Information about completing your MPH online is available for the Health Policy and Management concentration.

If you did not find the answer you needed in our MPH FAQs, please contact a representative from the College of Public Health by email at publichealth@kent.edu or by phone at 330-672-6500.


I’m a Kent State Graduate. Do I Have to Submit My Transcripts?

No. You don't have to re-submit your Kent State transcripts. They are already on record and can be located as needed.

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Can I switch from one major to another within the MPH?

Yes.  There are five specializations (majors) within the MPH program at KSU, each of which has the same core set of classes, so changing from one to another can be done easily. As long as you have enough time to complete the required classes for the specialization you want to graduate with, switching should not be a problem. 

The five core specializations (majors) are:

Get more information by viewing the MPH curriculum for each specialization and reading through each specific MPH course description.

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What salary range can I expect?

Salary expectations for someone graduating with a master’s in public health in Ohio will vary based on specific major, responsibilities and years of experience. Salary can range from $33,500 to $165,000. Find out more information.

Learn more about possible public health careers and how the industry as a whole is growing and changing.  

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Where is the Kent State University College of Public Health located?

Office of the Dean:
126 Lowry Hall



Mailing address:
Kent State University
College of Public Health
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001

For more information on the opportunities available through the Kent State College of Public Health, contact us directly. For questions about our master’s in public health degrees, visit out MPH FAQs to get helpful information.

Do I need to take the GRE or other pre-admissions test to apply to KSU’s MPH program?

A standardized graduate exam is required for admission to KSU’s MPH programs, but it does not have to be the GRE. It can also be the LSAT, MCAT, MA or other standardized exam. Preferential consideration will be given to applicants with scores that exceed 500.

Below is a complete list of the minimum requirements for entering any KSU Ohio MPH program:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better
  • Preferred Standardized Test- GRE with scores of at least 500 in each category (or other approved standardized test as MCAT, LSAT, DAT, PSAT OR MAT)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions you have attended
  • Personal Goal Statement (to be submitted online during the application process)

If you have more specific questions or would like to verify that your pre-admissions test will be accepted, please contact us by phone at 330-672-6500 or by email at publichealth@kent.edu.

Need more information or want to see what kinds of questions other students are asking? Visit our MPH FAQs today.

Can I switch from one major to another within the MPH?

Yes. However, the KSU public health program does not guarantee every course will be taught every semester. Careful planning and advising is strongly recommended to make sure you can graduate in the time frame you have in mind while taking public health courses part-time.

Visit the public health advising department webpage to get assistance and learn more about course/semester planning.

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What industries will I be able to work once I graduate with a MPH?

Graduates with a MPH degree can work in a wide variety of public health fields and occupy many different positions. Some of these opportunities can be found at:

  • Local health departments
  • Mental health and recovery boards – drug boards, state health departments, schools, federal health agencies including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • National Institutes of Health,
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • International groups, including World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization, health department hospitals
  • Non-government organizations including American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, March of Dimes, Planned Parenthood, American Diabetes Association

Learn more about public health careers and why this industry is constantly growing and changing.

Keep in mind that the public health specialization you choose to pursue will also impact which field you enter upon graduation. The five MPH specializations offered at KSU are:

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Are there financial aid or assistantship opportunities available through the KSU MPH program?

Priority is given to Doctoral students for graduate assistantships however Master's can apply. Qualifications and applications are available at Graduate Assistantships.

If you need assistance, contact us by phone at 330-672-6500 or by email at publichealth@kent.edu.

Get more information and see what kinds of questions other students are asking by visiting our MPH FAQs today.

What is Public Health?

Public health is the science, art and practice of protecting and improving the health of the population. The goal of the industry is to make the conditions in which people live as healthy as possible. This may involve improving current conditions, protecting people from risks or developing plans to handle emergency situations.

Some of the things public health professionals are responsible for include:

  • Improving the quality of our water and air
  • Removing toxins from the environment
  • Keeping our food supplies free from contamination
  • Educating society about health risks associated with lifestyle issues
  • Developing plans and mobilizing resources to respond to natural disasters and epidemics
  • Working with law enforcement/public safety to protect people from man-made catastrophes
  • Developing sustainable, green technologies
  • Creating community designs that increase safety and promote healthy living

The public health industry is growing in importance, because although the average lifespan of people is increasing, many of them are suffering from health problems and societal risks. Public health programs are necessary to educate people and work toward improving their daily conditions.

Learn more about the industry and the different public health careers you can pursue with a degree from Kent State. Get answers to all your questions by visiting our MPH FAQs.

Will I have a faculty advisor assigned to me when I enroll in a public health program?

Yes. Upon acceptance to the masters of public health program, you will be assigned a faculty advisor in your specialization.    

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