New Electives, Scholarships Enrich Online MPH Program

One of the college’s most innovative programs – the fully online MPH in Health Policy & Management (HPM) – is featuring two highly topical summer electives, and there’s still time for enrollment in one for those already admitted to the program.  In addition, several new scholarships of up to $4,000 are being made available to program participants. 

Contemporary Courses

Starting June 29 during Summer II, Willie H. Oglesby, PhD, assistant professor, HPM, and director of the online program, will teach his popular course, Obamacare.  It will delve into the ACA, including political and policy discourse leading up to its passage; analysis of the law’s impact; Supreme Court rulings and other legal challenges affecting the legislation; and the future of public health and healthcare in the context of the ACA. 

Ken Slenkovich, assistant dean, operations and community relations, has been teaching another hot-topic course, Sex: A Wicked Public Health Problem, offered during Summer I, which started May 11.  The course addresses the questions, “What are some of the most serious public health problems related to human sexuality, and what can be done to reduce them?”  The course is exploring sex-related health problems that affect large numbers of individuals, including the spread of infectious disease, teen pregnancy, infant and maternal mortality, sex violence, subjugation of women and access to healthcare.

Sizeable Scholarships

Several scholarships are available, with application essays accepted up until two weeks before the beginning of each semester.  A $4,000 Future Leader in Health Disparities scholarship will be awarded each fall to a student planning a career in addressing disparities in health outcomes. 

Recent Kent State BSPH graduates with an overall GPA of 3.5 or better may apply for $4,000 Student Leader Scholarship Awards.  The $4,000 scholarships are applied to the winner’s tuition bill in four equal installments over the course of the two-year degree program. 

In addition, 10 Student Success Awards of $500 each will be made available each year to encourage work on innovative projects in areas such as global or immigrant health, technology and health, the intersection of clinical and public health or any other cutting-edge area of applicant interest.  Projects can include research papers, work with nonprofit organizations or government agencies, independent efforts or other endeavors.

The program is designed with flexibility in mind, to appeal to students with major work or family commitments that would inhibit attendance in an on-campus MPH degree program.  Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016.  Interest in the program is very strong; a recent virtual open house had several dozen interested applicants participate from across the United States.  


POSTED: Monday, June 8, 2015 - 4:56pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 1:54pm