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New Masters of Public Health degree coming to Kent Trumbull

Posted Jul. 29, 2013

Kent State University College of Public Health is pleased to announce the Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Policy & Management, Leadership elective. This unique graduate degree is for working health professionals who want advanced skills in organizational change and leadership development and will be offered at Kent State Trumbull beginning with the Spring 2014 semester. Sequential courses are 5-8 weeks in duration, offered one night per week; and the entire sequence can be completed in two years.

“We are thrilled to offer Trumbull and Mahoning Valley health professionals this convenient solution to earning our MPH in optimum time,” expressed Dr. Sonia Alemagno, Kent State University’s Dean of the College of Public Health. “We currently hold this program at the Twinsburg Regional Academic Center and now we’ll be offering it at our Trumbull campus.  This is our answer to the growing demand for trained leaders in healthcare industries and health organizations in Northeast Ohio.”

The program delivers the advantages that today’s health professionals need to compete in the marketplace.  “Our world needs leaders who are better prepared to take on the complex health challenges of our society,” stated Dr. Ken Zakariasen, Director of the MPH in Health Policy and Management with a focus on Leadership and Organizational Change, “The program ensures graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to become the next generation of leaders.” He focuses on innovative whole-systems approaches to organizational strategy and change, as well as leadership and leadership team development - "big-picture" thinking. Zakariasen successfully led a recognized MPH leadership/organizational change program at the University of Alberta before leading the Kent State program at the Twinsburg Regional Academic Center.  He will be spearheading efforts to launch the same program at the Trumbull campus.

MPH students experience courses like Emerging Issues in Health Policy and Management and Health Care Systems. Some opt for short-term education abroad where they study the healthcare systems of other countries. What's more, the MPH practicum can be completed as an intervention designed and implemented within student’s current organization.

An MPH Information Session will be held Thursday, August 15 from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. in Room 117 of the Technology Building, Kent State Trumbull, 4314 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren or visit http://publichealth-emph.com/ or contact the College of Public Health at 330-672-6500 for additional information.

About the Kent State University College of Public Health
Kent State University’s College of Public Health was established in 2009 to educate and train students to meet the current and projected shortage of public health professionals in Ohio and the nation.  The mission: to develop and promote sustainable public health solutions, in collaboration with community organizations, through education, research and service for populations served by Kent State University campuses and beyond.

One of only two colleges of public health in Ohio, it is the first to offer a Bachelor of Science in Public Health.  Academic programs integrate theory and practice to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to address the health challenges of the 21st century. Faculty members engage in cutting edge research that seek answers to some of society’s most difficult problems including preventing chronic and infectious diseases, responding to natural and manmade disasters, curbing substance abuse, and improving the delivery of health care. Partners include local health departments, community organizations, health care institutions, and businesses that enable students to engage in real-world experiences in the growing field of public health.  Learn more http://www.kent.edu/publichealth/
             

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Media contact:
Robb W. King, rking28@kent.edu, 330-675-7627