Partnership Established with Soochow University
A global health partnership with Soochow University (SU), Suzhou, China, became official October 15. This marks the sixth such partnership initiated by the college for Kent State and the first in Asia, joining those in Argentina and Colombia.
The college’s international partnerships promote student/faculty exchange programs and provide educational and research opportunities in global health. Priorities for the new Soochow program include training in public health for SU master’s and undergraduate students, Chinese practicum experience for Kent State MPH students and a visiting scholar exchange program for SU faculty.
Starting in Spring Semester 2016, SU master’s students will be able to spend two to three semesters at Kent State, taking MPH courses. Undergraduate SU students can spend 12 to 18 months at Kent State, taking BSPH courses. Students may also participate in relevant research or practice activities based upon their interest and available sources.
Using SU as a practicum site, Kent State students in the college’s MPH program can spend two to four weeks during the summer in Suzhou or other cities, gaining first-hand public health practical experience by visiting, shadowing or working with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, community health centers, hospitals or public health agencies.
Under the faculty exchange/visiting scholar program, SU faculty can spend one year at Kent State, gaining teaching and research experience in public health. Visiting scholars may audit courses, guest lecture and participate in research activities.
“Soochow University has one of China’s best medical schools. They specifically sought Kent State’s College of Public Health to provide their students an exposure to public health at the end of their medical school curriculum,” observes Executive Director of Global Health Programs Mark A. James, PhD, professor and chair, Department of Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology, who led efforts to secure the Soochow partnership. “We are especially pleased that our college’s geographic footprint has now expanded to Asia,” he adds