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Spring 2016

News Briefs


The application Deadline for Summer Semester Fast Approaches. Call (330) 672-6500 on M-F from 8-5.


PHSA offers volunteer opportunities at events including:

National Public Health Week

Monday, April 4 - Speaker: Tom Quade (APHA President-Elect, Marion County Health Commissioner), 5pm

Tuesday, April 5 - 6th Annual Public Health Fair, 11am - 3pm, KSC 2nd floor.

Wednesday, April 6 - Recent graduate panel (undergraduate and graduate), 5:30pm

Thursday, April 7 - 4th Annual Public Health Research Forum (all students and faculty welcome), 11am - 2pm, KSC 310AB

The 4th Annual Silent Auction will take place on April 29 at 6pm in the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center. It is a semiformal event. This year we will be raising money for student programs and travel. The goal is $3,000 and donations are much appreciated. Tickets will be on sale shortly, and will be posted to the website.

For information and full list of meetings and events, please visit click here.


Dr. Oglesby receives Kent State’s Scholar of the Month award recognizing faculty researchers and scholars whose recent work has had an important impact on their professional fields and has brought exposure to the university.


​We are pleased to announce that ​Lauren Birmingham, Jennifer Bryant, Daniel Mix, Jamie Shuster, and Carissa Smock ​have successfully ​advanced​ to Doctoral Candidacy in Health Policy & Management


MPH information sessions ​will be offered on April 6 at ​the KSU ​Main Campus Student Center, and April 20 at the Regional Academic Center at Twinsburg, all 5-7 pm​. To learn more about the CPH MPH program, please attend these events!​ More info here.


CPH recruited​​ Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) students ​as part of the Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Program at the Akron City Schools STEM Health Professions Career Day on January 18, 2016.  ​Activities included an informational table and an hour-long demonstration of EHS equipment and ​discussion of EHS concepts.  Dr. Hart and graduate student Naomi Carlson participated.


Undergraduate and grad​uate​ students enjoy​ed​ pizza and an occupational health and safety lecture at the ASSE/CPH EHS Networking seminar series. ​The topic for ​January was “Lab Safety A-Z”  presented by Valerie Baker, Global EHS Manager for Specialty Minerals. 


Thank you to each of you who participated in Career Day March 8th! Over 25 employers shared employment opportunities with over 100 students in the public health field. ​


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Dear Friend of the College,

We are dedicated to the cultivation of educational ​opportunities for students and professionals ​throughout the region and around the world. In this issue ​of the College of Public Health Newsletter, ​we highlight ​new initiatives advancing our research and educational agendas. ​

In the past year, a record number of our students ​have received recognition for scholarship and activities promoting public health. Enrollment is at 590 undergraduate and 253 graduate students at the Kent campus, 18 at Ashtabula, 11 at East Liverpool, 9 at Geauga, 2 at Salem, 10 at Stark, 19 at Trumbull, and 4 at Tuscarawas with fall 2015 graduation at 63 BSPH, two certificates, 11 MPH, and one PhD student​.
The College continues to provide scholarship opportunities and I am pleased to announce the following recipients this year:

Catherine Bevan………Tavill Book Scholarship

Alicen Maestas………..Tavill Book Scholarship

Jared Durieux………….Tavill Book Scholarship

Sarah Housour…………Jerome Lippman Scholarship

There is so much to be proud of. Enjoy reading this edition!

Dr. Sonia Alemagno, Dean

Navigating the Peer-Reviewed Publication Process

Jan_Yoder_headshot_2015Publishing a scholarly article in a peer-reviewed journal can involve multiple edits, rejections, and submissions. As former editor of Psychology of Women Quarterly (2010-2015) and current editor of Sex Roles; A Journal of Research, Dr. Janice Yoder, research professor for the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences of the College of Public Health, suggests that editors look for four typical standards in submissions.

CEPH Accreditation Enhances Professional Mobility and Recognition for Students and Alumni of the College of Public Health


The College of Public Health claims the distinction as one of only 55 accredited schools of public health in the United States after being awarded the maximum five-year term from the Board of Councilors of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). CEPH is the nationally recognized accrediting body for both schools of public health and public health programs. To earn the designation, the college met a set of rigorous quality standards in the areas of teaching, research, and service.

Twins Double as Graduate Assistants

Pic_of_Kat_and_MarissaYou’re not seeing double when you walk the halls of the College of Public Health’s Center for Public Policy and Health (CPPH). You’re seeing Kathryn and Marissa Bland, twins who work as graduate assistants under the leadership of Dr. John Hoornbeek, Associate Professor and CPPH Director of Health Policy and Management, and Josh Filla, Outreach Program Coordinator.

New Hybrid Format for MPH Provides Unique Opportunities for Students

Two new electives focused on leadership will be held in-person at KSU’s Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg to enhance the online learning experience of Master of Public Health (MPH) students, according to Dr. Willie H. Oglesby, Program Director and Associate Professor of Health Policy Management. The new format is part of the transition of the College of Public Health’s Leadership and Organizational Change MPH Program based at the Regional Campus in Twinsburg to becoming part of the Health Policy and Management’s Online MPH.

KSU One of Few Universities offering Concentration in Clinical Trials Research

Melissa_ZulloClinical Trials Research—a new, all online concentration associated with the bachelor’s degree in Public Health—provides students with more research methods skills, practical exposure to clinical research and, therefore, terrific opportunities to be competitive for lucrative job opportunities. “This concentration is essential in Epidemiology and perfect for students who want to work in a clinical setting, industry, or in another health services sector,” said Dr. Melissa Zullo, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Clinical Trials Concentration. “It is a benefit to many of our BSPH students who want more research methods skills and practical exposure to clinical research.”

CPH Faculty Shine

Another semester has passed, bringing with it new accomplishments. We are pleased to announce the following publications, initiatives, and activities led by CPH faculty.

Students on the Rise

We are pleased to share news of the successful careers of two of our students. First, Mitch Dandurand, a December 2015 graduate of the College of Public Health, obtained a data analyst position in the Lorain County General Health District. Using his MPH in Epidemiology, Mitch provides the health district with expert data analysis. Meanwhile, College of Public Health student Tony Grisafo represents the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Richard J. Stuff Student Essay Competition in Healthcare Management. His essay on health disparities focuses on obesity in the Hispanic population, suggesting the use of preventative medicine to avoid long-term health complications associated with obesity. The College of Public Health extends its warmest congratulations to Mitch and Tony for their achievements. 

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CPH Offers Practicing Professionals Opportunity to Earn Educational Credits

This spring, the College of Public Health introduces two exciting new online educational classes eligible for continuing education units, or CEUs—making it easier for professionals already practicing in public health and medical fields to continue to cultivate critical skills while receiving educational credit from professional organizations.

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CPH Announces International Partnership with the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

As the world focuses on Brazil, the Olympics and how the country handles the spreading zika virus, the College of Public Health will be front and center in the discussion after having formed an official international partnership with the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, one of the world’s pre-eminent public health institutions, expanding its reach to include India, China, and multiple Latin American nations.

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