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Spring 2013


News Briefs


Nine students will immerse themselves in the history, culture and public health systems of Latin America during the inaugural summer intersession course in Colombia and Panama May 20-June 3. Fourteen will travel to Geneva for the third Global Health Immersion course, focusing on policy. Four students will take field study on global access to clean water and sanitation at the Southern Institute for Appropriate Technology in Alabama, the second year of Kent State participation.


PH Students Top Achievers at KSU's Graduate Research Symposium


Environmental Health Associate Professor
Charles Hart , Ph.D., Receives National Environmental Health Association Sabbatical Exchange Ambassador Award


Master's students collect 3,500 food and personal care items from students, faculty and staff for Kent's The Lord's Pantry in a second-annual food drive, covered in the Beacon Journal.


Public Health Student Alliance hosted Public Health Week activities April 1-7 with LifeShare Blood Drive, National Alcohol Screen Day, 3rd Annual Public Health Fair, Art For Cancer Silent Auction


MPH graduate Sameer Gopalani has joined the Cole County Health Department in Jefferson City, Missouri, as an epidemiology specialist and emergency public health planner

Joe Smith, 2012 MPH graduate, will attend the University of South Florida to pursue a doctoral degree in health services research, beginning in Fall 2013.

2013 MPH graduate Brittany Brewer will be pursuing a doctorate in public health at The Ohio State University.

MPH student Carissa Bowlin has secured a cross-department practicum in public affairs with Cleveland Clinic through Chief Government Relations Officer Oliver Henkel.

MPH student Suzanne Krippel of Cuyahoga County Board of Health received an Ohio Environmental Health Association George Eagle Scholarship.

Congratulations to all.


MPH Program in Leadership and Organization Change Now Recruiting For Fall 2013 Cohort at the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg. It's Time to Register and Investigate Scholarships. Call 855-KSU-COPH M-F 8-5
Leslie Abel Mourned. We mourn the April 9 death of our colleague A. Leslie Abel, retired mental health treatment, education and support services professional. He served in an advisory capacity to the college's Institute for the Study & Prevention of Violence. We extend our sympathies to his family and express our gratitude for his fine service to the college and community.

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Dear Friend of the College,

I cannot adequately describe the "high" it has been to be dean these past few weeks of Spring Semester 2013. I've witnessed the life-changing power of our Public Health Student Alliance as the members mounted four major National Public Health Week activities across our campus - and of our master's students who collected 3,500 food and personal care items for The Lord's Pantry in Kent. I've swelled with immense pride during our third annual awards program, when we recognized so many outstanding individuals for their academic achievements and leadership. And I've been delighted to spread the news of our recent National Science Foundation grant for advancement and commercialization of a wound-healing technological breakthrough. We share all of this great news with you through the links below and at the left.

As the college concludes its third academic year, we are bestowing 14 undergraduate certificates,  58 bachelor's degrees and 18 master's degrees and congratulating students moving on to terrific jobs. Just a few days after graduation, we'll send 27 students to immersion programs in Alabama, Colombia and Geneva - a record number of participants in these transformative experiences. Enrollment for fall semester is very strong. Our process toward Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation proceeds apace.

If you're interested in joining in this excitement for learning and furthering the cause of public health, we have courses, certificates and full degree programs tailored for everyone. For example, we offer a leg up to holders of associate degrees with state licenses, granting up to 12 credits for your learning and skills toward a bachelor's degree. A fully online bachelor's option is also available. We have an accelerated master's program for working public health professionals - earn your degree and forge lifelong connections meeting once a week over two years. Accommodation to the needs of students and creativity are two of our watchwords - do you need more evidence than our wildly successful Zombie Outbreak class on emergency preparedness?

Dr. Sonia Alemagno, Dean


NSF Grant for Biofilm Research Goes to Kent State, Sterionics

The college, in partnership with Sterionics Inc., has received a $150,000 phase-one grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to advance and commercialize a wound therapy biotechnology product. Sterionics and Kent State have collaborated for several years on development of a biofilm that kills bacteria that cause skin infections, while stimulating production and migration of new skin cells. This phase-one grant will extend bench research on the biofilm to the prototype stage.

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Three Portage Health Departments Examining Enhanced Collaboration, Assisted by Kent State

The college's Center for Public Policy and Health (CPPH) is assisting the cities of Ravenna and Kent, along with the Portage County Health Department, in examining cross-jurisdictional sharing arrangements to enable greater protection and promotion of public health. Cross-jurisdictional sharing could permit health departments to split the cost of programs and services, such as immunizations, health education and disaster preparedness and response. portage_countyThis initiative has received $125,000 in support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). In addition, the Ravenna and Portage County health departments have been granted $82,000 from the State of Ohio's Local Government Innovation Fund (LGIF) to explore consolidation, with Kent State's help.

Interprofessional Lifestyle Medicine Program Under Development

aclm_logoThe college has received $47,000 in seed funding from the Kent State Foundation to develop a graduate education program in interprofessional lifestyle medicine, which will address cross-disciplinary management and prevention of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity, insulin-resistance syndrome, osteoporosis and types of cancer. Lifestyle medicine is an emerging specialty involving the use of interventions such as nutrition, exercise, stress management, smoking cessation and a variety of other non-drug modalities to treat, manage and prevent disease. The program will be developed collaboratively with the College of Nursing and the College of Podiatric Medicine, with plans to expand to other departments and colleges.

MPH Program Welcomes Fulbright Scholar from Mozambique

Ramos Mboane, a physician from Mozambique, joined the college last fall as a MPH student in the epidemiology program. He's a Fulbright scholar with particular interest in neglected tropical diseases, such as trachoma, the world's leading cause of infectious blindness, which is readily preventable with access to clean water for personal hygiene.Mboane_1 "When I finished my medical education in Maputo three years ago, I decided to work as a district medical officer in a rural area of the large province of Niassa in the north region of the country," Mboane explains. "I observed that there are many infectious diseases killing children under five and that also are a serious problem for women. I felt that I must learn about epidemiology and public health strategies for prevention of diseases and decided to pursue a degree in public health," he says.

Childhood Wellness Research Conducted by Doctoral Student Marshall

Doctoral student and graduate assistant Vanessa Marshall is working with Children's Hunger Alliance (CHA), Akron Children's Hospital (ACH) and local elementary and middle schools in Akron and Cleveland on a two-year pilot pushupsdisease intervention program to help reduce obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in Northeastern Ohio. With $150,000 in funding from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, CHA, ACH and Kent State are working with more than 100 children and their parents or caregivers to implement a comprehensive physical fitness and nutrition program.

Leap Ahead in Public Health with New Course Offerings

Interested in emergency preparedness for a zombie outbreak? How about brushing up your credentials for hazardous materials response and cleanup? Are you boning up for the registered sanitarian exam and looking for help? Or would you and your workplace benefit from a better understanding of the 2012 Affordable Care Act? All of these topics are covered by a valuable, timely, short-term course offered this spring and summer by the college.

  • Zombie Outbreak, an undergraduate course in emergency preparedness offered this spring and also during Summer Session 3.  Below, spring semester zombie faculty Chris Woolverton (left) and John Staley (right).

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Faculty Research, Publications Proceed Apace
The college takes enormous pride in the pioneering work of our faculty and students who are constantly creating, discovering and leading the discourse in their disciplines. Recent research has examined knowledge of the HPV vaccine; predictions of intoxication; injury among children and competitive athletes; and perceptions of pelvic pain.

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Presenting Our Programs

A regular new feature highlighting one of the college's relevant, career-enhancing and in-demand bachelor's and master's degree programs

Stuck in your current employment position? Or how about one of your employees - are internal job postings out of reach because a degree is lacking or not quite finished? Kent State's flexible, online BSPH degree is ideal for gaining career-enhancing skills in the exciting and growing field of public health.

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3rd Annual Spring Celebration and Awards Held April 12

The college honored students and faculty, recognized four individuals instrumental to the founding of the college, thanked four community partners and celebrated the career of a retired area public health director at its third-annual spring celebration and awards program on April 12. Below left, Aimee Budnik, doctoral student, and right, Portage County Health Commissioner DuWayne "Chip" Porter. 

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