Mission Statement: 

The College of Public Health Alumni group works to create a mutually beneficial relationship between the College and past graduates. Through professional networking outlets, continuing education opportunities, volunteerism and social events, alumni will strengthen ties among one another while supporting the continued growth and excellence of The College of Public Health.

Past College of Public Health alumni events have included alumni and faculty socials, Homecoming socials at Ray’s Place, participation in the College of Public Health’s career fair, and more! 

Get Involved

Make an impact and expand your public health network by volunteering, mentoring, or attending one of our alumni events.

Be a Speaker, panelist, or mock interviewer
  • Share your professional experience with current students in a capstone class or through a career panel. Participate in the bi-annual mock interviewing program by helping current students practice their interviewing skills.

Attend an event
  • College of Public Health alumni are encouraged to attend local events hosted by the Alumni Board or the College of Public Health. Check the LinkedIn or Facebook pages for updates.
Serve on the College of Public Health Alumni Board
  • Give back to Kent State University by serving on the College of Public Health Alumni Board. Among the Board's priorities are promoting the mission of the college, building the alumni community, and expanding educational and career opportunities for alumni and current students. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply today.

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Contact Shelby Barnes, Alumni Board President


Alumni Feature:

Jenna Brinker

Name: Jenna Brinker, BSPH '14, MPH '16

Current job/position:

I am studying to become a Physician Assistant at the University of Mount Union. I was previously a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Respiratory Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.

What was a favorite memory of your time at Kent State?

I was able to serve as the Women’s Center Graduate Assistant during my Master’s program. The activities and programming that had overlap between the Women’s Center and my public health education was awesome – I assisted with implementing free employee mammogram screening, planned a Women’s Heart Health Luncheon and became a champion for access to free feminine hygiene products on campus. It was a great experience to see my public health education come to life!

What was something that you learned in the College of Public Health that has helped you in your career?

There is so much that I gained from the College that I have been able to leverage in my career journey thus far. By far the most important was how to truly understand and translate research both for my own benefit and to explain to patients or community members. Research is used every day to make decisions and guide care. Understanding how research is hypothesized, conducted, analyzed and disseminated has been imperative to my work and will be immensely helpful as a practicing physician assistant.

What advice would you give current students who are looking to do what you do?

Connect, connect, connect and always hold yourself as a professional. You never know who you will meet and how that connection may serve you in the future.