Public Health - Ph.D.

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


Description

The Ph.D. in Public Health comprises the following concentrations:

The Epidemiology concentration prepares students to examine the distribution and determinants of diseases in populations. Graduates of this program will be able to apply quantitative and qualitative methods to examine critical and/or emerging health issues, gain advanced ability to conduct large studies and analyze data sets in order to project health trends in populations of interest. Students in this specialization will benefit from active faculty research agendas in biopreparedness, public health surveillance systems, chronic disease, cancer and infectious disease epidemiology.

The Health Policy and Management concentration prepares students to design and implement studies and use advanced research methods to examine critical and emerging health issues. A focus on interdisciplinary skills to meet the rapidly changing health needs of communities is at the heart of this degree program. Students will benefit from active faculty research agendas in health systems research, occupational health and safety, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, access to health care, health literacy, substance abuse prevention and community-based programming.

The Prevention Science concentration is an interdisciplinary program aimed at promoting healthy behaviors in populations across the life course. Graduates of this program are prepared to design and evaluate public health interventions and have expertise in a variety of theoretical and substantive perspectives for the purpose of conducting research within systems of the family, health and education, workplace and community. Active research of the faculty in the College of Public Health at Kent State University will provide students the opportunity to work on community-based prevention research.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

The College of Public Health is a fully accredited school of public health, having received accreditation from the Board of Councilors of the Council on Education For Public Health (CePH) in October 2015 for a five-year term.

Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree from an accredited college/university in related discipline with a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0
  • Acceptable GRE score or other standardized graduate admission exam with a quantitative component (may be waived as determined by graduate coordinator)
  • Personal statement and resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL score (if applicable)
  • Required interview with faculty

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 587 TOEFL score (94 on the Internet-based version), minimum 82 MELAB score, minimum 7.0 IELTS score or minimum 65 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Analyze a particular health condition or issue including appropriate measures of prevalence, incidence, association and impact and be able to identify data sources and strengths and limitations of studies.
  2. Search, synthesize, and critically evaluate published literature with regard to study design, precision, bias, confounding factors, ethical issues and gaps in existing knowledge.
  3. Conceive and execute independent or team research on a public health policy, condition or issue while applying applicable ethical standards.
  4. Translate theory and research into the design, implementation and evaluation of public health programs and policies.
  5. Influence societal, organizational and individual factors through effective public health communication.
  6. Lead collaborative efforts aimed at achieving organizational and community health goals.
  7. Create evidence-based public health programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the communities served.

Each Specialization has additional competencies.

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
Prerequisites
BST 52019BIOSTATISTICS IN PUBLIC HEALTH 4
EHS 52018ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CONCEPTS IN PUBLIC HEALTH 3
EPI 52017FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC HEALTH EPIDEMIOLOGY 3
HPM 52016PUBLIC HEALTH ADMINISTRATION 3
Core Courses - Research Tools
BST 83014APPLIED REGRESSION ANALYSIS OF PUBLIC HEALTH DATA 3
EPI 72028METHODS OF EVIDENCE BASED PUBLIC HEALTH 3
HPM 72030GRANT WRITING IN PUBLIC HEALTH 13
SBS 50020SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE THEORIES 3
Concentrations
Choose from the following:66
Minimum Total Credit Hours:91
1

Instructor permission required. 

Epidemiology Concentration Requirements

[PH-PHD-EPI]

Concentration Requirements
Content Specific Method Courses
BST 83012SURVIVAL ANALYSIS IN PUBLIC HEALTH 3
EPI 73026DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF HEALTH SURVEYS 3
EPI 73034LONGITUDINAL DATA ANALYSIS 3
EPI 80191VARIABLE CONTENT SEMINAR IN EPIDEMIOLOGY 3
EPI 83017EPIDEMIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS 3
Content Specific Courses
Choose from the following:9
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS IN PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH
EMERGING ISSUES IN CHRONIC DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY
EMERGING ISSUES IN INFECTIOUS DESEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY
BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF PUBLIC HEALTH
PUBLIC HEALTH SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS
ENVIRONMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY
SPECIAL TOPICS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY
DIRECTED RESEARCH IN EPIDEMIOLOGY
Content Related Electives
Content related elective courses should be selected by the student with a faculty advisor, depending upon the student's research interest. It may occur within the College of Public Health or in other disciplines outside the college.12
Dissertation
EPI 80199DISSERTATION I 130
Minimum Total Credit Hours:66
1

Each doctoral candidate, upon admission to candidacy, must register for EPI 80199  for a total of 30 credit hours. It is expected that a doctoral candidate will continuously register for Dissertation I, and thereafter EPI 80299, each semester, including summer, until all requirements for the degree have been met. 

Health Policy and Management Concentration Requirements

[PH-PHD-HPM]

Concentration Requirements
Content Specific Method Courses
EPI 73026DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF HEALTH SURVEYS 3
or EPI 83017 EPIDEMIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS
EPI 73029PUBLIC HEALTH SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS 3
HPM 73031PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY ANALYSIS 3
Content Specific Courses
HPM 72015EMERGING ISSUES IN PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT 3
HPM 73021HEALTH CARE FINANCE 3
HPM 73022STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS 3
HPM 81000PUBLIC HEALTH LAW AND REGULATION 3
HPM 80198DIRECTED RESEARCH IN HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT 3
Content Related Electives
Content related elective courses should be selected by the student with a faculty advisor, depending upon the student's research interest. It may occur within the College of Public Health or in other disciplines outside the college.12
Dissertation
HPM 80199DISSERTATION I 130
Minimum Total Credit Hours:66
1

Each doctoral candidate, upon admission to candidacy, must register for HPM 80199 for a total of 30 credit hours. It is expected that a doctoral candidate will continuously register for Dissertation I, and thereafter HPM 80299, each semester, including summer, until all requirements for the degree have been met. 

Prevention Science Concentration Requirements

[PH-PHD-PRSC]

Concentration Requirements
Content Specific Method Courses
SBS 73010QUALITATIVE METHODS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH 3
Choose from the following:6
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS IN PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH
DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF HEALTH SURVEYS
PUBLIC HEALTH SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS
Content Specific Courses
SBS 73018THEORIES OF PREVENTION SCIENCE I 3
SBS 73019THEORY PREVENTION SCIENCE II 3
SBS 73020ADVANCED METHODS IN PREVENTION SCIENCE 3
SBS 80100EMERGING ISSUES IN PREVENTION SCIENCE 3
SBS 80198DIRECTED RESEARCH IN PREVENTION SCIENCE 3
Content Related Electives
Content related elective courses should be selected by the student with a faculty advisor, depending upon the student's research interest. It may occur within the College of Public Health or in other disciplines outside the college.12
Dissertation
SBS 80199DISSERTATION I 130
Minimum Total Credit Hours:66
1

Each doctoral candidate, upon admission to candidacy, must register for SBS 80199 for a total of 30 credit hours. It is expected that a doctoral candidate will continuously register for Dissertation I, and thereafter SBS 80299, each semester, including summer, until all requirements for the degree have been met.