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Public Health - B.S.P.H.

Kent State University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
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Program description

Public Health - B.S.P.H.

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree in Public Health broadly prepares students to enter the workforce as a public health professional or to enter an advanced program of study. Students explore the five disciplines of public health: biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health policy and management and the social and behavioral sciences through general coursework.

The Public Health major comprises the following concentrations:

  • Allied Health
  • Clinical Trials Research
  • Community Health Outreach and Development
  • Global Health
  • Health Services Administration
  • Pre-Medicine, Dentistry, Osteopathy

Admission requirements

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus:

The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven regional campuses of Kent State University.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:

Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Twinsburg Academic Center, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

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 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score, minimum 48 PTE score or minimum 100 DET score; or by completing the ESL level 112 Intensive Program.


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Program content

Allied Health Concentration

Semester One

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Destination Kent State: First Year Experience

Mathematics Elective

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Two

  • Introduction to Global Health (DIVG)

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

General Elective

Semester Three

  • Essentials of Epidemiology
  • Social and Behavioral Science Theories in Public Health

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Four

  • Prevention and Control of Diseases
  • Public Health Policy and Decision-making

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

General Elective

Semester Five

  • Introductory Biostatistics
  • Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety

Public Health (PH) Electives

General Elective

Semester Six

  • Public Health Research

Public Health (PH) Electives

General Electives

Semester Seven

  • Health Disparities (DIVD) (WIC)

General Electives

Semester Eight

  • Capstone Experience in Public Health (ELR)

Public Health (PH) Electives

General Electives

Clinical Trials Research Concentration

Semester One

  • Modeling Algebra (KMCR) or Algebra for Calculus (KMCR) or Algebra for Calculus Plus (KMCR)
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Destination Kent State: First Year Experience

Biological Sciences Elective

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Two

  • Introduction to Global Health (DIVG)
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry (KBS) or Molecules of Life (KBS) or General Chemistry I (KBS)

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Three

  • Essentials of Epidemiology
  • Social and Behavioral Science Theories in Public Health

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Public Health (PH) Electives

Semester Four

  • Introductory Biostatistics
  • Prevention and Control of Diseases
  • Public Health Policy and Decision-making

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Five

  • Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety
  • Clinical Epidemiology Basics
  • Clinical Trials Management
  • Scientific Writing for Clinical Research

General Elective

Semester Six

  • Public Health Research
  • Pharmacoepidemiology

Public Health (PH) Electives

General Elective

Semester Seven

  • Health Disparities (DIVD) (WIC)

General Electives

Public Health (PH) Upper-Division Electives (30000 or 40000 level)

Semester Eight

  • Regulatory Affairs in Clinical Research
  • Capstone Experience in Public Health (ELR)

Community Health Outreach and Development Concentration

Semester One

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Destination Kent State: First Year Experience

Mathematics Elective

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Two

  • Introduction to Global Health (DIVG)

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Three

  • Essentials of Epidemiology
  • Social and Behavioral Science Theories in Public Health

Public Health (PH) Electives

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Four

  • Prevention and Control of Diseases
  • Public Health Policy and Decision-making

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

General Elective

Semester Five

  • Introductory Biostatistics
  • Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety
  • Public Health Interventions I

General Electives

Semester Six

  • Public Health Research
  • Public Health Research
  • Community-based Public Health Practice (ELR)
  • Health Disparities (DIVD) (WIC)

General Electives

Semester Seven

  • Advocacy and Activism in Public Health
  • Service Learning Practicum in Community-based Public Health (Elr) or Internship in Public Health (Elr)

Public Health (PH) Electives

General Electives

Semester Eight

  • Capstone Experience in Public Health (ELR)

Public Health (PH) Electives

General Electives

Global Health Concentration

Semester One

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Destination Kent State: First Year Experience

Foreign Language

Mathematics Elective

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Two

  • Introduction to Global Health (DIVG)

Foreign Language

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Three

  • Essentials of Epidemiology
  • Social and Behavioral Science Theories in Public Health

Foreign Language

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Four

  • Prevention and Control of Diseases
  • Public Health Policy and Decision-making

Foreign Language

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Five

  • Introductory Biostatistics
  • Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety

Global Health Elective

Kent Core Requirement

Public Health (PH) Electives

Semester Six

  • International Health Practicum (ELR)

Third Summer Term

  • Field Experience in Meeting the Basic Health and Human Needs (ELR)
  • Global Health Immersion: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Global Health Immersion: Latin America

Semester Seven

  • Public Health Research
  • Environmental Health Issues in Low- and Middle-income Countries

Public Health (PH) Electives

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Eight

  • Health Disparities (DIVD) (WIC)
  • Capstone Experience in Public Health (ELR)

Public Health (PH) Electives

Global Health Elective

General Electives

Health Services Administration Concentration

Semester One

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Destination Kent State: First Year Experience

Mathematics Elective

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Two

Introduction to Global Health (DIVG)

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Three

  • Public Health Professional Practice I
  • Essentials of Epidemiology
  • Social and Behavioral Science Theories in Public Health

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

General Elective

Semester Four

  • Prevention and Control of Diseases
  • Public Health Policy and Decision-making

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

General Electives

Semester Five

  • Public Health Professional Practice II
  • Introductory Biostatistics
  • Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety

Public Health (PH) Electives

General Electives

Semester Six

  • Public Health Research
  • United States Health Care System
  • Health Disparities (DIVD) (WIC)
  • Public Health Ethics in Practice, Policy and Research

Public Health (PH) Electives

Semester Seven

  • Public Health Professional Practice III
  • Public Health Planning and Finance
  • Public Health Management
  • Principles of Public Health Leadership

Semester Eight

  • Capstone Experience in Public Health (ELR)
  • Legal Aspects of Health Services Management

Public Health (PH) Electives

General Electives

Pre Medicine, Dental, Osteopathy Concentration

Semester One

  • General Chemistry I (KBS)
  • General Chemistry I Laboratory (KBS) (KLAB)
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Destination Kent State: First Year Experience

Concentration Elective

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Two

  • Biological Foundations (KBS) (KLAB)
  • General Chemistry II (KBS)
  • General Chemistry II (KBS)
  • Introduction to Global Health (DIVG)

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Three

  • Basic Organic Chemistry I or Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (ELR)
  • Essentials of Epidemiology
  • Social and Behavioral Science Theories in Public Health

Concentration Elective

Semester Four

  • Prevention and Control of Diseases
  • Public Health Policy and Decision-making

Concentration Elective

Semester Five

  • Introductory Biostatistics

Concentration Elective

Semester Six

  • Public Health Research

Public Health (PH) Electives

Concentration Elective

Semester Seven

  • Health Disparities (DIVD) (WIC)

Public Health (PH) Electives

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Eight

  • Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety
  • Capstone Experience in Public Health (ELR)

Public Health (PH) Electives

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university's website for more information.

Program delivery

Fully offered on the following campuses:

  • Online (Allied Health, Clinical Trials Research, Community Health Outreach and Development, Health Services Administration concentrations only)
  • Kent Campus (all concentrations)

Tuition fees

Undergraduate

  • Tuition fees for Ohio residents: $11,587 USD per year
  • Tuition fees for residents of other states and international students: $20,463 USD per year

Qualification

Accreditation

The B.S.P.H. degree in Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. The history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts and functions across the globe and in society
  2. The basic concepts, methods and tools of public health data collection, use and analysis and why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice
  3. The concepts of population health, and the basic processes, approaches and interventions that identify and address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations
  4. The underlying science of human health and disease, including opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course
  5. The socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, environmental and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities
  6. The fundamental concepts and features of project implementation, including planning, assessment and evaluation
  7. The fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the US health system as well as the differences between systems in other countries
  8. Basic concepts of legal, ethical, economic and regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy and the roles, influences and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government
  9. Basic concepts of public health-specific communication, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology

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44242 Kent Ohio
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