Resources | College of Public Health | Kent State University

Having to write a research paper can seem quite overwhelming, but knowing where to search for information helps tremendously.

Kent State Websites and Resources

  • KSU Plagiarism Policy
    Give credit where credit is due. It is never acceptable to copy and paste someone else’s work and claim it as your own.
  • KSU University Libraries: Style Manuals & Writing Guides
    KSU University Libraries connects students with various formatting styles for paper writing. Majority, if not all public health papers are written in American Psychological Association (APA) format. 
  • KSU University Libraries: OhioLink
    As a student of Kent State University you have access to a vast amount of resources that can aid you in your research.

    To begin your research, log into “FlashLine.” Select University Resources / Campus Resources from the main menu and click "library." On the KSU University Libraries webpage you have the option to search the Kentlink Catalog, Serach for Articles, Google Scholar, and more. To find electronic publications (journal articles, etc.) click the drop box “Quick Jump to…” on the left of the screen and click OhioLink. Ohiolink is a constorium of the libraries of 88 Ohio colleges and university, and the State Library of Ohio.

  • KSU University Libraries: Public Health Information Resources
    KSU University Libraries works closely with the College of Public Health professors to ensure that students have the correct and updated resources to do their research.  Contact Clare Leibfarth for more resources that University Libraries has to offer, such as paper writing assistance.

Government Websites 

  • U.S. Government Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) sponsors and conducts research that provides evidence-based information on health care outcomes; quality; and cost, use, and access. The information helps health care decision makers-patients and clinicians, health system leaders, purchasers, and policy makers-make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services.
  • AIDSinfo
    AIDSinfo is a service of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and offers information on HIV/AIDS, prevention, treatment, and research.
  • CDC Wonder
    CDC WONDER furthers CDC’s mission of health promotion and disease prevention by speeding and simplifying access to public health information for state and local health departments, the Public Health Service, and the academic public health community. CDC WONDER is valuable in public health research, decision making, priority setting, program evaluation, and resource allocation.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administers the Medicare program, and works in partnership with the States to administer Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and health insurance portability standards. CMS is responsible for the administrative simplification standards from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and quality standards in health care facilities through its survey and certification activity.
  • Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
    CBO aims to provide the Congress with the objective, timely, nonpartisan analyses needed for economic and budget decisions and with the information and estimates required for the Congressional budget process.
  • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
    The Department of Health and Human Service is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The Department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is responsible for providing federal benefits to veterans and their dependents. It is the second largest of the 15 Cabinet departments and operates nationwide programs for health care, financial assistance, and burial benefits.
  • Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
    The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.
  • healthfinder®
    healthfinder® is a Federal Web site for consumers, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies, that has been recognized as a key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet. It links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,700 health-related organizations.
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
    The mission of HRSA is to improve and expand access of quality health care for all. The Access Agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA assures the availability of quality health care to low income, uninsured, isolate, vulnerable, and special needs populations and meets their unique health care needs.
  • Library of Congress (LOC)
    The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with nearly 128 million items. The Library’s mission is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the Americans to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
    The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Federal Government’s principal agency for cancer research and training. NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.
  • National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
    NCHS is the nation’s principal health statistics agency that compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of their people. This Web site is designed to provide you with quick and easy access to a wide range of information and data available from NCHS.
  • National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention
    CDC’s HIV mission is to prevent HIV infection and reduce the incidence of HIV-related illness and death, in collaboration with community, state, national, and international partners.
  • National Health Information Center (NHIC)
    The National Health Information Center (NHIC) is a health information referral service. NHIC puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best to provide answers.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    The National Institutes of Health is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the Nation. It is an Agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. NIOSH services include collections of occupational safety and health information arranged by subject, the Health Evaluation Program, dissemination of information on preventing workplace disease, injury, and disability, training opportunities, and numerous databases such as the International Chemical Safety Cards, the Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards, and many more.
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM)
    The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the world’s largest medical library. The Library collects materials in all areas of biomedicine and health care, as well as works on biomedical aspects of technology, the humanities, and the physical, life, and social sciences. The NLM has created a special Web site, MedlinePlus, to link the general public to many sources of consumer health information.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
    OSHA’s mission is to assure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. [learn more…]
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
    USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Their Work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting: economic growth, agriculture and trade; global health; and democracy, conflict prevention ad humanitarian assistance.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier, environment for the American people. EPA leads the nation’s environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts.
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    FDA is the federal agency responsible for ensuring that foods are safe, wholesome and sanitary; human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices are safe and effective; cosmetics are safe; and electronic products that emit radiation are safe. FDA also ensures that these products are honestly, accurately and informatively represented to the public

Organization Websites

  • AcademyHealth
    AcademyHealth is the professional home for health services researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners, and a leading, non-partisan resource for the best in health research and policy. AcademyHealth promotes interacting across the health research and policy arenas by bringing together a broad spectrum of players to share their perspectives, learn from each other, and strengthen their working relationships.
  • American Cancer Society
    The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.
  • American Diabetes Association
    The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information, and advocacy. The mission of the Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
  • American Heart Association
    The American Heart Association's mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
  • America 's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
    AHIP is the national association representing nearly 1,300 member companies providing health insurance coverage to more than 200 million Americans.
  • American Lung Association
    The American Lung Association is the oldest voluntary health organization in the United States and fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health.
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
    The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the oldest and largest organization of public health professionals in the world. It is concerned with a broad set of issues affecting personal and environmental health, including federal and state funding for health programs, pollution control, programs and policies related to chronic and infectious diseases, a smoke-free society, and professional education in public health.
  • APHA Student Assembly (APHA-SA)
    The APHA Student Assembly, in official relations with the American Public Health Association, is the nation's largest student-led organization representing students of public health and other health-related disciplines. PHSC is committed to furthering the development of students, the next generation o professionals in pubic health and health-related disciplines.
  • Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI)
    ACHI is the premier, national individual membership association for community health, healthy communities and community benefit. It is a peer networking and educational resource for those working in hospitals and health centers, public health, community organizations, philanthropy, and more.
  • Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH)
    The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) is the only national organization representing the deans, faculty, and students of the accredited member of schools of public health and other programs seeking accreditation as schools of public health. In addition to its ongoing responsibilities as liaison between the schools, government, other professional bodies and the public, ASPH maintains a data center.
  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
    The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is the national nonprofit organization representing the state and territorial public health agencies in the United States , the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia . Its mission is to formulate and influence sound national public health policy and to assist state health departments in the development and implementation of programs and policies to promote health and prevent disease.
  • Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine (ATPM)
    The Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine (ATPM) is the national association supporting health promotion and disease prevention educators and researchers.
  • Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN)
    The Children's Environmental Health Network is a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the fetus and the child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthy environment. This Web Site provides information on the Network, the issue of children's environmental health, and links to sources on information and resources in the field.
  • Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE)
    The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists was organized in response to the need to have at least one person in each state and territory responsible for public health surveillance of diseases and conditions of public health significance. The surveillance and epidemiology of infectious diseases, chronic diseases and conditions, and environmental health concerns are priority areas for CSTE.
  • Family Health International (FHI)
    Family Health International (FHI) is among the largest and most established nonprofit organizations active in international public health with a mission to improve lives worldwide through research, education, and services in family health.
  • Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
    The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States . An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.
  • Institute of Hazardous Materials Management
    The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) was founded as a non-profit organization in 1984, and launched the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM®) program in June of that year. It now administers the Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner (CHMP) and Hazardous Materials Manager-in-Training (HMMT) as well.
  • Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)
    The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing n the major health care issues facing the nation. The Foundation is an independent vice and source of facts and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the general public.
  • Medscape
    Medscape offers specialists, primary care physicians, and other health professionals the Web's most robust and integrated medical information and education tools. Some of Medscape's key features include: physician optimized MEDLINE, over 250 on-line CME activities, more than 50 medical journals and textbooks, professional medical news from Reuters, Medscape Medical News, and medical news journal publishers, and much more.
  • Modern Healthcare
    Modern Healthcare, the only health care business news weekly, provides hospital executives with reliable, up-to-date and comprehensive healthcare news. The magazine also publishes a daily e-mail newsletter and exclusive content for
  • National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC)
    The National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) is a non-profit coalition created in 1996 to support family caregivers and the professionals who serve them.
  • National Association or Home Care and Hospice (NAHC)
    NAHC is the nation's largest trade association representing the interests and concerns of home care agencies, hospices, home care aide organizations, and medical equipment suppliers. NAHC is the one organization dedicated to making home care and hospice providers lives easier.
  • National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL)
    The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) is the assisted living voice the American Health Care Association (AHCA), the nation's largest organization representing long term care.
  • National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
    SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) is the Nation's one-stop resource for information about substance abuse prevention and addiction treatment.
  • National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
    NCQA is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to improve health care quality everywhere. NCQA's Web site is the premier source for information about the quality of the nation's managed care plans.
  • National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC)
    The NWHIC provides a gateway to the vast array of Federal and other women's health information resources. This Web site can help you link to, read, and download a wide variety of women's health-related material developed by the Department of Health and Human Services, other Federal agencies, and private sector resources.
  • PATH
    PATH creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions, enabling communities worldwide to break longstanding cycles of poor health. By collaborating with diverse public- and private-sector partners, PATH help provide appropriate health technologies and vital strategies that change the way people think and act.
  • Pathfinder International
    Pathfinder International provides women, men, and adolescents throughout the developing world with access to quality family planning and reproductive health information and services. Pathfinder works to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS, to provide care to women suffering from the complications of unsafe abortion, and to advocate for sound reproductive health policies in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Public Health Foundation (PHF)
    The Public Health Foundation is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to achieving healthy communities through research, training, and technical assistance. PHF assists health agencies and other community health system organizations by providing objective information in areas such as health improvement planning, understanding and using data, and improving performance.
  • Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
    SOPHE is an independent, international professional association made up of a diverse membership of health education professionals and students. The Society promotes healthy behaviors, healthy communities, and healthy environments through its membership, its network of local chapters, and its numerous partnerships wit other organizations.
  • The Commonwealth Fund
    The Commonwealth Fund us a private foundation that supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve the health care practice and policy. The Fund is dedicated to helping people become more informed about their health care, and improving care for vulnerable populations such as children, elderly people, low-income families, minority Americans, and the uninsured.
  • Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
    UNAIDS is the main advocate for global action on the epidemic. It leads, strengthens and supports an expanded response aimed at preventing transmission of HIV, providing care and support, reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV/AIDS, and alleviating the impact of the epidemic.
  • URAC
    URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is well-known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation and certification programs. URAC has a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a symbol of excellence organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability.
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
    The World Health Organization is the United Nations specialized agency for health. WHO's objective is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.