Public Health - Ph.D.

Kent State University
5 years
Full time
Doctorate / PhD
On campus

About this program

Public Health - Ph.D.

The Ph.D. degree in Public Health bridges public safety and health career pathways to address a nationwide shortage of public health workers.

The Public Health major comprises the following concentrations:

  • The Epidemiology concentration prepares students to examine the distribution and determinants of diseases in populations. Graduates are 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 concentration 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. The heart of the concentration is a focus on interdisciplinary skills to meet the rapidly changing health needs of communities. Students 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 are prepared to design and evaluate public health interventions and have expertise in a variety of theoretical and substantive perspectives for conducting research within systems of the family, health and education, workplace and community. Active faculty research provide students the opportunity to work on community-based prevention research.

Admission requirements

  • Master's degree in a related discipline from an accredited college or university for unconditional admission
  • Minimum 3.000 graduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale for unconditional admission

English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:

  • Minimum 587 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
  • Minimum 94 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
  • Minimum 82 MELAB score
  • Minimum 7.0 IELTS score
  • Minimum 65 PTE score
  • Minimum 120 Duolingo English Test score

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Program content

Major requirements

  • Biostatistics in Public Health
  • Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health
  • Fundamentals of Public Health Epidemiology
  • Public Health Administration
  • Applied Regression Analysis of Public Health Data
  • Methods of Evidence Based Public Health
  • Biological Basis of Public Health
  • Advanced Methods in Prevention Science

Epidemiology Concentration Requirements

  • Survival Analysis in Public Health
  • Experimental Designs in Public Health Research
  • Design and Implementation of Health Surveys
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Principles of Epidemiologic Research

Content-related Electives, choose from the following:

  • Public Health Surveillance Systems
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Special Topics in Epidemiology
  • Directed Research in Epidemiology

Health Policy and Management Concentration Requirements

  • Design and Implementation of Health Surveys or Epidemiological Analysis
  • Emerging Issues in Public Health Policy and Management
  • Grant Writing in Public Health
  • Health Care Finance
  • Strategic Management of Public Health Organizations
  • Public Health Policy Analysis
  • Directed Research in Health Policy and Management
  • Public Health Law and Regulation

Prevention Science Concentration Requirements

  • Theories of Prevention Science I
  • Theory Prevention Science II
  • Advanced Methods in Prevention Science
  • Emerging Issues in Prevention Science
  • Directed Research in Prevention Science
  • Qualitative Methods for Public Health Research

Concentration Electives, choose from the following:

  • Experimental Designs in Public Health Research
  • Design and Implementation of Health Surveys
  • Grant Writing in Public Health


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The Ph.D. degree in Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education For Public Health (CEPH).

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Explain public health history, philosophy and values
  2. Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services16
  3. Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s health
  4. List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the school or program
  5. Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc.
  6. Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge
  7. Explain effects of environmental factors on a population’s health
  8. Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population’s health
  9. Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health
  10. Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities
  11. Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease
  12. Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health and ecosystem health (eg, One Health)

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Kent State University

800 E Summit St
44242 Kent Ohio
United States of America

Phone no: +1 330-672-7980

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