Public Health - M.P.H.

College of Public Health
326 Lowry Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-6500
publichealth@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/publichealth


Description

The Master of Public Health degree in Public Health is designed to help students develop real-world knowledge and skills needed to pursue success in the public health industry.

The Public Health major comprises the following concentrations:

The Biostatistics concentration prepares students in the quantitative science of health data collection, storage, retrieval, analysis and interpretation. Graduates are equipped to use statistical methods to design and analyze health-related surveys and experiments for the purpose of improving health. The college’s faculty research interests include applying biostatistical analysis to better understand critical health problems such as adolescent substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Graduates in biostatistics are in demand at hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, state and local health departments, federal health agencies and biotechnology companies to analyze the effectiveness of new drugs and interventions, identify risk factors for disease and develop effective prevention strategies.

The Environmental Health Sciences concentration is designed to help students understand how environmental factors including biological, physical and chemical factors affect the health of a population; and gain knowledge and skills to develop practical strategies for mitigating the effects of harmful environmental hazards. Graduates learn how to conduct laboratory analysis of environmental contaminants, develop plans to prepare communities to respond to man-made and natural disasters, incorporate health promoting principles into urban design, and develop safety plans for companies. Students benefit from the college’s faculty research expertise in bio-preparedness, microbiology and occupational health and safety. Career opportunities in environmental health sciences include positions in research and clinical laboratories, environmental protection agencies, manufacturing companies, emergency management agencies and state and local health departments.

The Epidemiology concentration prepares students to analyze the distribution and determinants of disease, disabilities and death in populations. Graduates are able to apply quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate disease outbreaks, determine causal relationships between environmental and biological factors, and conduct studies to project health trends in populations. Students in this specialization benefit from public health faculty research agendas in bio-preparedness, public health surveillance systems, chronic disease, cancer and infectious disease epidemiology. Career opportunities for graduates include research positions in universities, medical schools and pharmaceutical companies; disease prevention specialists in hospitals; and surveillance managers in state and local health departments.

The Health Policy and Management concentration prepares students to address public health risks and develop effective health services delivery models. It is an interdisciplinary program that incorporates health services research, health policy analysis and health care planning and management. Given the active research of the college’s faculty in identifying service gaps and in developing evidence-based practices and policy analysis, students emerge with strong skills in health services management, alternative models of service financing and strategies for improving services. Career opportunities for graduates include administrative and management positions in hospitals, clinics, state and local health departments, nursing homes and mental health facilities; policy analyst positions in health planning organizations and governmental agencies; and planning and management positions in health maintenance organizations and health insurance companies.

The Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of the theoretical basis of health behavior in populations across the life course and how to apply theoretical principles to design effective health behavior management strategies. Graduates are able to design and evaluate public health interventions intended to improve health for families, workplaces, communities, and other settings. The active research of the college’s faculty, particularly in the areas of childhood obesity, violence and injury prevention, substance abuse prevention, and chronic disease prevention, provides students the opportunity to work on large-scale externally funded prevention research. Students are prepared for careers in health promotion; program design and evaluation; and prevention program development for state and local health departments, workplace health promotion programs, hospitals, international health agencies, mental health centers and non-profit organizations.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Online (Health Policy and Management and Social and Behavioral Sciences concentrations only)
  • Kent Campus
  • Trumbull Campus (Health Policy and Management concentration only - admission suspended)
  • Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg (Health Policy and Management concentration only)

Accreditation

Council on Education For Public Health (CePH)

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores or other standardized graduate admission exam (GMAT, MCAT, LSAT or PCAT)1
  • English Language Proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following (effective spring 2018):
    • Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score - paper-based version
    • Minimum 79 TOEFL IBT - Internet-based version
    • Minimum 77 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 58 PTE score

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website

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GRE scores may be waived, as determined by graduate coordinator using program criteria. Contact the graduate coordinator for more information

 Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Conduct descriptive and inferential statistics according to the study design for answering particular research questions.
  2. Develop written and oral presentations based on statistical analyses for both public health professionals and lay audiences.
  3. Mitigate the direct and indirect human, ecological and safety effects of major environmental and occupational agents.
  4. Apply federal and state regulatory guidelines to programs that control environmental health issues.
  5. Identify the main issues related to the organization, management, financing and delivery of health services in the United States.
  6. Recognize and critically discuss current and emerging public health issues on local, state, national and global levels.
  7. Utilize and justify the social ecological approach to health promotion and disease prevention.
  8. Design basic quantitative and qualitative research to address public health problems.
  9. Describe how societal, organizational, and individual factors influence and are influenced by public health communications.
  10. Implement public health programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the communities served.
  11. Use collaborative methods and ethical standards for achieving organizational and community health goals.
  12. Apply epidemiologic methods to assess the risk of communicable and non-communicable diseases in the community.

Program Requirements

Major Requirement

Major Requirements
BST 52019BIOSTATISTICS IN PUBLIC HEALTH 4
EHS 52018ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CONCEPTS IN PUBLIC HEALTH 3
EPI 52017FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC HEALTH EPIDEMIOLOGY 3
HPM 52015EMERGING ISSUES IN PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT 3
HPM 52016PUBLIC HEALTH ADMINISTRATION 3
SBS 50020SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE THEORIES 3
Advisor Approved Electives6
Concentrations
Choose from the following:21
Minimum Total Credit Hours:46

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to complete three components:

  1. 300 hours of practicum placement at an approved public health agency, under the guidance of a qualified preceptor
  2. A final portfolio/report and a seminar presentation integrating theory and practice
  3. A comprehensive written exam

Biostatistics Concentration Requirements

[PH-MPH-BST]

Concentration Requirements
BST 60192PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE IN BIOSTATISTICS 6
BST 63012SURVIVAL ANALYSIS IN PUBLIC HEALTH 3
BST 63013EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS IN PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH 3
BST 63014APPLIED REGRESSION ANALYSIS OF PUBLIC HEALTH DATA 3
EPI 63016PRINCIPLES OF EPIDEMIOLOGIC RESEARCH 3
EPI 63034LONGITUDINAL DATA ANALYSIS 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:21

Environmental Health Sciences Concentration Requirements

[PH-MPH-EHS]

Concentration Requirements
EHS 53009EMERGING ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND RESPONSE 3
EHS 53012OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH 3
EHS 60192PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES 6
EHS 63010APPLIED RISK ASSESSMENT 3
EHS 63011APPLICATION OF RISK ANALYSIS IN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH 3
EPI 63016PRINCIPLES OF EPIDEMIOLOGIC RESEARCH 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:21

Epidemiology Concentration Requirements

[PH-MPH- EPI]

Concentration Requirements
BST 63014APPLIED REGRESSION ANALYSIS OF PUBLIC HEALTH DATA 3
EPI 60192PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE IN EPIDEMIOLOGY 6
EPI 63014EPIDEMILOGY OF CHRONIC DISEASES 3
EPI 63015EPIDEMIOLOGY OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES 3
EPI 63016PRINCIPLES OF EPIDEMIOLOGIC RESEARCH 3
EPI 63017EPIDEMIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:21

Health Policy and Management Concentration Requirements

[PH-MPH-HPM]

Concentration Requirements
HPM 53003HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS 3
HPM 53004PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY, LAW AND ETHICS 3
HPM 53005FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS 3
HPM 53006COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS IN PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS 3
HPM 53007PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS: PLANNING, IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION 3
HPM 60192PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE IN HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT 6
Minimum Total Credit Hours:21

Social and Behavioral Sciences Concentration Requirements

[PH-MPH-SBS]

Concentration Requirements
HPM 53007PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS: PLANNING, IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION 3
SBS 50002QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 3
SBS 50030SEMINAR IN SOCIAL AND BEHAVIOR SCIENCES 3
SBS 53008GRANT WRITING IN SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 3
SBS 54634SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH BEHAVIORS 3
SBS 60192PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE IN SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 6
Minimum Total Credit Hours:21