Welcome to the College of Public Health

Vision, Mission, and Values of the College of Public Health

Vision - To be a leader in public health education, inquiry and engagement.

Mission - To advance public health by preparing leaders, scientists, and practitioners to collaborate with community partners in conducting impactful research and practice to solve public health challenges.


  • F- Fairness
  • L - Leadership
  • A - Accountability
  • S - Students First
  • H - Honor
  • E - Excellence
  • S - Success

Careers in Public Health

The College of Public Health at Kent State University prepares students for careers in some of today's most exciting health fields: emergency management, disease investigation, health services administration, occupational health and safety, environmental risk assessment, global health, and many others. We offer academic programs that provide a "Pathway to a Public Health Career" for students at all stages of their careers from entry and mid-level to senior management or advanced researcher.

Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH)

For students just beginning their careers, we offer the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH)  in six concentration areas. 

Undergraduate Certificate

The 18-credit hour undergraduate certificate in Public Health is intended for non-public health majors and anyone interested in obtaining knowledge about public health concepts to enhance their ability to succeed in their chosen field.

Undergraduate Minors

The College of Public Health currently offers five minors including, Public Health, Health Services Administration, Health Technology and Informatics and Environmental Health Sciences for Natural Science Majors and Non-Natural Science Majors. Courses are available both online and on-campus.

Master of Public Health (MPH)

For students who have completed their undergraduate degree and want to prepare for or advance their career, we offer the Master of Public Health (MPH) in four specializations with online courses and programs available.

Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MS)

Students interested in a career in clinical research should consider the Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MS).  This 36-credit hour degree is offered either 100% online, in-class, or a hybrid format. Students will learn advanced methods of study designs and be able to apply good clinical practices, clinical trials design, management, statistical analysis, study monitoring, pharmaceutical research and regulations related to clinical research.

Graduate Certificates

For those wishing to advance their career with a graduate certificate, the College offers three programs including LGBTQ+ Public Health, Clinical Research and Healthcare Compliance. 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

For advanced students wanting to gain specialized research skills, we offer the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in three specializations.

Study Abroad

Students can also experience public health globally in Florence, Italy, and other international locations.  You can learn from experts around from the world and experience firsthand how public health is making a difference in the world.


Our faculty have trained at some of the best universities in the U.S. and bring years of experience with them to the classroom and laboratory.  They welcome students to work alongside them on cutting-edge research projects in areas such as substance abuse prevention, environmental disease agents, health literacy and health systems change, violence prevention, injury prevention and sports injuries, chronic disease prevention, and a variety of other exciting research topics.


We have undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in public health. The Public Health Student Alliance is our student group that provides networking and service opportunities on-campus and in the local community.

We invite you to explore our college and see how we can help you achieve your career goals and aspirations.  Join us as we work to improve the health of our communities and our world.


The Office of Public Health Practice & Partnerships (OPHPP) is the administrative unit within the College of Public Health that conducts workforce development programs, coordinates experiential learning components of the academic curriculum, provides career services to students, and incubates college-level initiatives