Public Health

Local health departments in Portage County are expanding their collaborations, enabling increased service and decreased cost, through efforts made under two grants administered by the college’s Center for Public Policy and Health (CPPH).  

The College of Public Health is one of three academic units on Kent State’s main campus selected for involvement in the well-regarded, federally funded summer program to promote higher education among first-generation, lower-income high school students, Pre-College/TRiO Upward Bound.  Some 100 students from northeastern Ohio public high schools came to Kent for five weeks June 9-July 11, staying in dorms Sunday nights through Thursday afternoons, for a summer academy or to take post-secondary courses for college credit.  Alongside public health, students ar

An online MPH program in Health Policy & Management, with all the excellence and rigor of the college’s full- and part-time face-to-face programs, will be offered by Kent State starting Fall Semester 2014.  This is the first fully online Health Policy & Management MPH program available from an Ohio university and one of only a handful nationwide.

The College of Public Health (CPH) will offer a free three-week summer online program for high school students this July, in which participants will learn about the five disciplines of public health, then form virtual teams to compete in developing prototypes for a health-related mobile application or game.

Members of the Public Health Student Alliance (PHSA) celebrated National Public Health Week April 7-13 with numerous activities that helped recognize the contributions of public health at Kent State, provide networking opportunities for students and highlight issues important to improving the university community’s health.

CPH graduate students were among the top presenters at Kent State’s 29th annual Graduate Research Symposium, Sharing the Vision:  A Community of Research, held April 11.

Thanks to a new grant program from the Ohio Board of Regents, the college is creating a graduate student co-op program with local organizations in need of health research assistance.  Partners will utilize master’s or doctoral students for 20 hours weekly for a period of at least one year, while students continue their academic programs.  The Ohio Means Internships & Co-op

Traditionally, to punch your ticket to work professionally in public health, you had to have a master’s degree.  Historically, many colleges of public health offered only graduate degrees.

The faculty members teaching in the MPH degree in Health Policy & Management, leadership and organizational change concentration, bring vast real-world public health experience to their teaching.  They work directly and closely with the students enrolled in the program, who come to Kent State’s Twinsburg orTrumbul

Ask Dean Sonia Alemagno to name her research passion, and you won’t wait a millisecond for the answer:  substance abuse in society’s most vulnerable adolescents who are also at high risk for mental illness, homelessness and a host of other problems.  Despite the dean’s jam-packed schedule leading the College of Public Health, Alemagno makes time to find answers for prevention and intervention.