College of Public Health

Matthew Fowler, an Honors College junior majoring in public health and sociology from Brewster, Ohio, is currently completing an internship with the Kent State LGBTQ+ Center for the spring 2020 semester. His responsibilities include contributing to annual events and furthering the center’s health advocacy...

Virus and medical worker stock image Tara C. Smith, Ph.D., a professor of epidemiology from Kent State's College of Public Health, discussed the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 and what's ahead for our state and country during a recent conversation on Facebook Live. She answered live questions and shared insights into such areas as social distancing, homemade masks and...

J.R. Campbell, director of the Design Innovation Initiative, tries on a face shield produced by the Kent State University team. Kent State University’s Design Innovation (DI) Initiative is responding to the COVID-19 crisis by prototyping and producing face shields and masks to help fill the gap being experienced by medical personnel on the front lines. J.R. Campbell, director of the DI Initiative, is coordinating a team that consists of 25 faculty, staff and students...

Virus and medical worker stock image It seems like years have passed since the world first heard of an “atypical pneumonia” circulating in the Hubei province of China in December 2019. When we’ve seen similar reports in the past, the illnesses have had a variety of causes, but all were eventually containable. In the late 1990s, it was “bird flu,” an influenza virus that...

Center for Architecture and Design What is the role of BioDesign in addressing environmental issues we face locally and globally? What does it mean to "design with life?" Kent State University researchers have some ideas on these matters and will soon put them on full display at one of the institution's top-tier research forums: the Seventh Annual Environmental Science and Design...

Photo of Deric Kenne and Ruoming Jin Kent State University’s College of Public Health is teaming up with the Department of Computer Science to develop and implement drug prevention infrastructure in Portage, Geauga and Lake counties. Deric Kenne, Ph.D., associate professor of health policy and management in Kent State’s College of Public Health, and his team have received a...

Gracen Gerbig (left) and Hayley Shasteen (right), both Kent State University students in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Gracen Gerbig and Hayley Shasteen, both Kent State University students in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, considered the nation’s premier undergraduate award in the natural sciences, math and engineering. They were recognized by President Beverly Warren at the Kent State Board of Trustees...

In its 2020 edition of Best Graduate Schools, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Kent State University in the top 100 of Best Graduate Education Schools. In its 2020 edition of Best Graduate Schools, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Kent State University in the top 100 of Best Graduate Education Schools.   Kent State ranks 93rd in the country in the Best Graduate Education Schools ranking, improving 15 spots from last year’s ranking of 108th.   “We are very excited to see our U.S. News...

ASM undergrad fellow Gerbig and Dr. Smith test for Staphylococcus in the lab City rats are unlikely to be on anyone's list of favorite animals, but researching exactly how they are problematic for public health provided a unique opportunity this past summer for Gracen Gerbig, Kent State junior majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Ms. Gerbig's summer research was supported by an Undergraduate Research Fellowship award...

Kent State team wins Mission:Life international competition A team of Kent State students took first place in the seventh annual Mission: Life international competition on Nov. 12, which took place at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. The winning team, aided by Edgar Eduard Kooijman, Ph.D., (Director, Biotechnology Program and Associate Professor, Biological Sciences) and J.R....