Public Health

More than 30 graduate and undergraduate students will learn first-hand how public health is making a difference around the world, when they participate in global health immersion experiences this coming May and June.  In addition, new global health partnerships for future education and research are being pursued in Brazil and India.

Kent State researchers recently completed a pioneering office-based hand-hygiene improvement intervention which reduced common communicable illness by close to a third.  This was the first U.S. pilot randomized cluster trial of its kind, and findings were published in the prominent Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.   

Hundreds of students attended the college’s inaugural career day on January 22 in the Moulton Hall Ballroom.  They attended sessions on resume writing, job interviewing, use of social media and other online tools for job search and building a portfolio of academic and practical learning achievements.  Representatives from nearly two dozen local employers, including Akron General Health System, The Centers for Families and Children, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., the Ohio Department o

The College of Public Health Alumni Group kicked off the year with a social event at the Winking Lizard Tavern in Peninsula on January 29.  Alumni mingled with former classmates and faculty members, then enjoyed dinner, topped off with a delectable cake and a raffle.  Thanks to the alumni group steering committee for organizing the event.  In other news, alumni group members shared job-search success secrets with students attending the college’s January 22 career day, sponsored by the Office of Public Health Practice & Partnerships.  Future activities will include participating in a rec

Kent State is offering the first fully online Health Policy & Management MPH program available from an Ohio university and one of only a handful nationwide.  Delivered 100-percent online, the program is ideal for working professionals seeking career advancement in public health, healthcare administration and nonprofit management. 

The Center for Public Policy & Health (CPPH) has been awarded a $129,500 contract from the Ohio Department of Administrative Services to investigate the use, advantages and disadvantages of health benefit consortiums among Ohio public entities, including local governments, school districts and institutions of higher education.  A resource guide and website content will be developed.  Completion is anticipated by the end of the year.

Four master’s and doctoral students are working on research projects with leading local organizations via the Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops Program.  Ryan C. Burke is one of those students, working with Akron General Health System to study utilization patterns and outcomes related to perinatal health services.

The college takes enormous pride in the pioneering work of our faculty and students who are constantly creating, discovering and leading the discourse in their disciplines.  Recent work has involved Staphylococcus aureus transmission between animals and humans, Twitter use during the recent U.S. Ebola scare and college student attitudes toward e-cigarettes, among other topics.  Following are highlights:
Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology

The Kent State Public Health Student Alliance (PHSA) has an outstanding schedule of community outreach activities planned for Spring Semester 2014, according to executive board member and doctoral student Lorriane Odhiambo, MPH’ 12.  They’ll be having fun, doing good and promoting health. 

Dean Sonia Alemagno got the phone call mid-morning on October 15.  Provost Todd Diacon was on the line.  The college’s expertise was needed – now!  A second nurse who had cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first U.S. Ebola patient, was diagnosed as infected with the highly contagious, deadly virus.  The nurse visited Ohio just days before, and three of her relatives work in administration at the university.