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Fall 2013


News Briefs


Application Deadline for Spring Semester is Still Open. Call (330) 672-6500 M-F 8-5


December 1 Global Education Deadline Approaches. Immerse Yourself in the History, Culture and Public Health Systems of Latin America during the Summer Intersession Course in Colombia and Panama. Or Travel to Geneva for the Global Health Immersion Course, Focusing on Policy. Or Take Field Study on Global Access to Clean Water and Sanitation at the Southern Institute for Appropriate Technology in Alabama. All are Two Weeks.


Jingzhen "Ginger" Yang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Awarded Excellence in Science Award from Injury Control and Emergency Health Services section of American Public Health Association


John Hoornbeek, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Health Policy & Management, Named University's Scholar of the Month

Doctoral Student Jennifer Bryant Receives Graduate Dean's Award, a Scholarship Recognizing Academically Excellent Students with Diverse Backgrounds


Take the Student Survey on Interest in Health-Related Global Education Opportunities


College Combines Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology Departments to Create Synergies


Plans Progress for Interprofessional Lifestyle Medicine Collaborative Education Program in Diabetes

Public Health Student Alliance Rides Bikes in October 5 Homecoming Parade to Celebrate Physical Activity Theme, Also Sponsors Many Other Events During Fall Semester


Registered Sanitarian Exam Study Course Now Open for Enrollment


Two Dozen Students, Faculty and Staff Raise $5,000 Goal in 2013 Akron Heart Walk October 19


Akron radio station WAKR Interviews John Staley, Ph.D., on August 23 about the Zombie Outbreak Course


Lauren Drinkard, MPH '13, Joins University of Pennsylvania Student Health Service as Surveillance Coordinator

First Doctoral Graduate Koya Allen, Ph.D. '13, Joins the College as a Post-Doctoral Fellow

Fan Shen, MPH '13, Enters the Doctoral Program in Biostatistics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Congratulations to All

Thomas Melillo Mourned.  We Mourn the October 22 Death of Dr. Thomas V. Melillo, CEO of the College of Podiatric Medicine at Kent State. Melillo Led the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine Since 1984 and Facilitated its Merger Last Year with Kent State. We Extend our Sympathies to his Family and Express our Gratitude for his Fine Service to the Field of Podiatric Medicine and the Community.


Farewell to Keith Nedved, Educational Technology Designer, who Secured a Teaching Position


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Dear Friend of the College,

As you read this edition of our Quarterly, I believe you'll be struck, as I was, by several prominent themes: scholarship, students and success. The strong scholarship that pervades our college is especially evident, as we lead off with Eric Jefferis' recent $472,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice for research into generators of crime. With this new funding, the college is over $1.2 million in awards for the year. In addition, you'll find stories about our new research collaborative with Akron General Health and Wellness, our dozen-plus scholarly presentations at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and our faculty's provocative publications over the past several months. You're bound to find something pertinent and useful to those you serve.

The graduate student feature stories will hearten and inspire you. Eight students share their hands-on summer global volunteer experiences and their passion for addressing developing world health disparities. Another student cultivates  literally  her concern for college student food insecurity. Six full-time working professionals relay what it's like to be in our MPH cohort program, putting their new-found leadership and organizational change skills to work daily. I'm sure you'll agree that the future of public health is in very good hands indeed.

For a college as new as ours  less than four years since our founding  we're absolutely brimming with success stories. And our enrollment numbers bear this out, with an increase in undergraduate enrollment of 23 percent to 514 students and graduate student enrollment of 148, an increase of 19 percent over last year. We've graduated our first doctoral student, our Council on Education for Public Health accreditation process is proceeding apace, and leading community members are taking notice and being welcomed to our external advisory boards.

I invite you to join in this success  attend a continuing education program or send an employee for further learning.  Encourage a worthy student with a scholarship.  Share your organization's challenges with our faculty, and see what new perspectives they might offer. We'll grow in success together.

Dr. Sonia Alemagno, Dean


NIJ Grant for Crime Hotspot Research Goes to Jefferis of Public Health

Funded by a new $472,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice, Eric Jefferis, Ph.D., associate professor, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Kent State colleagues in sociology and geography, will take a close look at generators of crime in Northeast Ohio. The scholars will combine geographic information system (GIS)-encoded videos and interviews with police and community members to analyze an area's crime potential.

Health and Wellness Collaborative Formed with Akron General

The college has forged a new partnership with Akron General Health System to jointly study and promote wellness programs and disease prevention. Akron_GeneralThe Akron General Kent State University Health and Wellness Collaborative will bring together faculty and students with professionals within Akron General to improve health and reduce the impact of chronic, lifestyle-related diseases on the U.S. population.

Summer Sends Public Health Students on Global Missions

Public health graduate students invested time this past summer in international health projects and trips not sponsored by the college, demonstrating their initiative, thirst for global experience and strong desire to help humanity.

Five students traveled to rural Western Kenyan to serve in the Mama Pilista Bonyo Memorial Medical Centre for five weeks. Two students journeyed to Belize to work with children and investigate water sanitation issues there. A doctoral student with a passion for reducing transmission of malaria spent the summer in a National Institutes of Health lab researching mosquito flight capacity in sub-Saharan Africa. All returned with an even stronger commitment to global public health.

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Community Garden Research to Focus on Student Food Insecurity

Jennifer Marks' new research project promises to be ground-breaking literally. The MPH student in social and behavioral sciences is creating innovative community gardens on campus in a pilot to remedy student food insecurity.

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Edible Campus, McGill University, Montreal.

Photographer: Vikram Bhatt. Reprinted with permission, Minimum Cost Housing Group, McGill 2013. All Rights Reserved.

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 teen drivers, metabolic syndrome and several other topics.

Kent State has Strong Showing at APHA Meeting

Kent State faculty and students stormed the American Public Health Association annual conference in Boston November 2-6, Dana_Mowls_APHAwith four oral and 10 poster presentations and three panel discussions. Topics ranged from injury and violence to food safety, and some 15 Golden Flashes were there to share findings of their work with the 13,000 delegates.

Presenting Our Programs

MPH for Working Professionals Interested in Leadership and Organizational Change

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

Commit to coming to Twinsburg one night a week for two years, and you can earn an MPH degree in health policy and management. Designed especially for experienced full-time working adults, this program focuses on leadership and organizational change. The knowledge gained is immediately applicable on a daily basis, say the enthusiastic students in the inaugural cohort's second year of courses.

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Advisory Committees Play Increasingly Active Role in Advancing College

The college's External Advisory Committee met recently to receive an update on the college and form three subcommittees to offer guidance on research collaboratives, workforce development issues and fundraising. In addition, a new Undergraduate Environmental Health Sciences Professional Advisory Committee has been established and held its first meeting on October 30.

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