John Hoornbeek

John Hoornbeek, PhD

College of Public Health
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Ph.D., Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2004; MA, Public Policy and Administration, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1986; BA, Liberal Arts, Beloit College, 1981.

John Hoornbeek joined the faculty of the College of Public Health in 2011, after serving as a Center Director and faculty member in Kent State University’s Political Science Department.  Dr. Hoornbeek has worked on environmental, water, and public health issues at the federal, state, and local levels of government for more than thirty-five years. Prior to coming to Kent State University in 2006, his experiences included appointments with the Wisconsin State Legislature, the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Congress, and the National Environmental Services Center at West Virginia University.  Dr. Hoornbeek's research interests are in public health and environmental policy, regulation, inter-governmental relations, and public management.  His recent work has focused on collaborative governance arrangements, alternative management strategies for health services, and water pollution policy.  He has authored multiple publications in peer-reviewed outlets and produced professional research products for a variety of public and non-profit organizations.  Dr. Hoornbeek has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on more than $5 million in externally funded projects over the last twenty years. 

Recent Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities (Selected)

Falletta, Lynn and Mark Redding, James Cairns, Michael Gittleman, Andrew Beck, Andrew Garner, Sarah Redding, Ranjeet Singh Aurora, Edward Chiyaka, Mutlaq Albugmi, and John Hoornbeek. 2020. “Embracing the Complexity of Modifiable Risk Reduction – A Registry of Modifiable Risks for 0-12 Month Infants”, in Preventive Medicine, available online:, May 6.

Chiyaka, Edward and John Hoornbeek, Joshua Filla, Mark Redding, Lynn Falletta, Lauren Birmingham, & Pam Ferguson. 2019. “Using Pathways Community Care Coordination Model to Address Chronic Illnesses in At-Risk adults: A Case Study”, in Ohio Journal of Public Health, June, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp: 1-8

Hoornbeek, John and Michael Morris, Patrick Libby and Gianfranco Pezzino. 2019. “Consolidating Local Health Departments in the United States: Challenges, Evidence, and Thoughts for the Future”, in Public Health Reports, March/April, Vol. 134, No. 2, pp: 103-108 (also published online,, Feb. 22, 2019).

Redding, Mark and John Hoornbeek, Bernie Zeigler, Michael Kelly, Sarah Redding, Lynn Falletta, Edward Chiyaka, Karen Minyard, and David Bruckman. 2018. “Risk Reduction Research Network: A National Community-Academic Partnership to Improve Health and Social Outcomes”, Population Health Management, published online,, August 13.

Morris, Michael and Joshua Filla, Matthew Stefanak, Sharla Smith, Rohit Prodhan, and John Hoornbeek. 2017. “Explaining Consolidation Decisions: Motivations for Local Health Department Consolidations in Ohio”, in the Journal of Health Care Finance, Fall, pp. 1-8, link:

Hoornbeek, John, Joshua Filla, and Soumya Yalamanchili. 2017. “Watershed Based Policy Tools for Reducing Nutrient Flows to Surface Waters: Addressing Nutrient Enrichment and Harmful Algal Blooms in the United States”, invited article for the Symposium Issue on America’s Water Crisis: An Issue of Environmental Justice, Fordham University Environmental Law Review, Volume XXIX, Number 1.

Hoornbeek, John and B. Guy Peters.  2017. “Understanding Policy Problems:  A Refinement of Past Work”, in Special Issue of Policy and Society, Routledge Taylor & Francis, pp. 365-384 published online September 11, link:

Hoornbeek, John and Joshua Filla, Anisha Venkata, Saurabh Kalla, and Edward Chiyaka. 2016. “Addressing Harmful Algal Blooms: Nutrient Reduction Policies in Ohio’s Lake  Erie Basin and  Other American Waters”, a report developed with support from The Ohio State University Water Resources Center and  the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Center for Public Policy and Health, Kent State University, August 31.

Hoornbeek, John, Tegan Beechey, and Tom Pascarella. 2016. “Fostering Local Government Collaboration: An Empirical Assessment of Case Studies in Northeast Ohio”, Journal of Urban Affairs, a journal of the Urban Affairs Association, Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, Volume 38, Issue 2, May, pp: 252-279 (posted online before print, DOI: 10.1111/juaf.12204, April 6, 2015).

Hoornbeek, John and Michael Morris, Matthew Stefanak, Joshua  Filla, Rohit Prodhan, and Sharla Smith. 2015. “The Impacts of Local Health Department Consolidation on Public Health Expenditures:  Evidence from Ohio”, the American Journal of Public Health, a journal of the American Public Health Association, Vol. 105, No. S2, pages S174-S180, April.

Hoornbeek, John and Evan Hansen, Evan Ringquist, and Robert Carlson. 2013. “Implementing Water Pollution Policy in the United States:  Total Maximum Daily Loads and Collaborative Watershed Management”, a peer reviewed article in Society and Natural Resources, Taylor and Francis.

Hoornbeek, John and Aimee Budnik, Tegan Beechey, and Josh Filla. 2012. “Consolidating Public  Health Departments in Summit County, Ohio:  A One Year Retrospective”, College of Public Health and Center for Public Administration and Public Policy, Kent State University, for Summit County Public Health.

Hoornbeek, John.  2012.Water Pollution Policies and the American States: Runaway Bureaucracies or Congressional Control?, a peer reviewed book published by the State University of New York (SUNY) Press (released in hard-back copy, 2011).

Hoornbeek, John and Terry Schwarz. 2009. “Infrastructure Management in Shrinking Cities: Options for the Future”, Center for Public Administration and Public Policy, Kent State University, for the Northeast Ohio Research Consortium, 2009.

Hoornbeek, John and Evan Hansen, Evan Ringquist, and Robert Carlson. 2008. “Total Maximum Daily Loads: Understanding and Fostering Successful Results”, Center for Public Administration and Public Policy, Kent State University, for the US Environmental Protection Agency, 2008.

Hoornbeek, John. 2008.  “The United States of America”, a peer reviewed book chapter in Innovation in Environmental Policy: Integrating the Environment for Sustainability (A. Jordan and A. Lenschow, editors), Edward Elgar Publishers, pages 268-288. 

Research Areas
  • Environmental, Water and Public Health Policy
  • Public Management
  • Intergovernmental Relations

Director:  Center for Public Policy and Health

Faculty Affiliate: Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability


B.A. in Liberal Arts, Beloit College, 1981, M.A. in Public Policy and Administration, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1986, Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2004


Environmental, Water, & Public Health Policy, Water Pollution, Government Collaboration, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Political Science, Planning & Policy Studies, Public Management & Reform, inter-governmental relations, environmental management, environmental regulation, water regulation, public health management, public health regulation, and E-government.

Research Institutes and Initiatives

Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative, Healthy Communities Research Initiative