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Kent State’s College of Public Health Offers New Master of Public Health Degree Program in Twinsburg

Posted Jul. 16, 2012

Applications are still being accepted for fall 2012

Kent State University’s College of Public Health announces the new Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree in health policy and management, leadership elective. This unique graduate degree is designed for working health professionals who want to gain advanced skills in organizational change and leadership development. The program is conveniently offered at the new Kent State University Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, Ohio, with courses offered on Tuesday evenings. Sequential courses are five -eight weeks in duration, and the entire sequence can be completed in two years.

“We are thrilled to now be able to offer healthcare professionals in Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown and Canton areas a convenient and efficient solution to earning our M.P.H. in optimum time,” says Sonia Alemagno, Ph.D., dean of the College of Public Health at Kent State. “This is our answer to the growing preferred education requirements of public health professionals in Ohio and the world.”

The program provides the competitive edge today’s health professionals need to compete globally. Global field leadership from faculty like Ken Zakariasen, Ph.D., ensures graduates of this program are equipped with the skills and knowledge to become the next leaders. His work is published in international journals, such as the Journal of Learning and the Journal of Healthcare Leadership. Zakariasen’s studies focus 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 M.P.H. leadership/organizational change program at the University of Alberta.

“Our world today needs more leaders well-prepared to take on the complex health challenges of our society – and of other societies around the world,” Zakariasen says. “I am excited to share what I have learned and experienced in preparing future leaders who will catalyze the change processes that will continuously improve our health systems.”

Those enrolled can experience onsite courses like Emerging Issues in Health Policy and Management and Health Care Systems. The program can include short-term experiences in the healthcare systems of other countries. In addition, the practicum can be completed as a change intervention designed and implemented within professionals’ current organizations.

Applications are still being accepted for the Fall 2012 Semester. Please note that a limited number of scholarships are available. For more details, visit http://publichealth-emph.com/.