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Applications Still Being Accepted for Fall Semester. Graduate Admissions has Rolling Acceptance, But Get GRE Scores in Now. Call 855-KSU-COPH   M-F 8-5

Zullo Receives Farris Family Innovation Award

Jefferis Paper Honored by Police Practice and Research as Among the Year's Best

John Mason Mourned. We mourn the untimely July 19 death of our colleague John Mason, deputy director of Portage County Homeland Security and Emergency Management, who passed away recently. He died in an accident just a week after so expertly managing our mock disease outbreak exercise. We extend our sympathies to his wife and children and express our gratitude for his fine service to the college and community.

Geneva Global Health Immersion Course Attracts 9 Public Health, 10 Nursing Students

Spring Food Drive Collects Nearly 5,000 Items for Kent Social Services Food Pantry

Art for Cancer Silent Auction Raises $3,500 for Relay for Life

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Dear Friend of the College,

In just a few short weeks, students will be returning to campus for Fall Semester 2012. As our college grows to more than 500 students, we look forward to welcoming everyone, from new incoming freshmen to new doctoral students, as well as our returning faculty and students.

We're still accepting applications for the fall semester — submit yours today! While the deadline for traditional undergraduate admissions is August 10, our online bachelor's programs have continuous rolling admissions, as do our master of public health programs. I'd like to make a particular note of the new MPH program in health policy and management designed especially for working professionals. The degree will be offered at Kent State's new Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, with courses on Tuesday evenings in five- to eight-week blocks. The entire program can be completed in two years.  Deadline for admission to this new program is August 10.

There's also our high-quality, flexible, accelerated and fully online bachelor of science in allied health. We not only will accept credits earned in associate degree programs, but we grant students who hold a state-recognized license in an allied health field an additional 12 upper-division hours. We offer two additional fully online bachelor's programs, in health services administration and in health promotion and education.

Along with being excited about the coming of fall term, I'm very proud that we're submitting our application for accreditation to the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The process will take around two years to complete, but it's a significant milestone for the college. I thank all of our faculty, students and community partners for their support since our founding in 2009, and I hope you'll enjoy reading about our most recent progress in the articles below.

Dr. Sonia Alemagno, Dean

Global Hand Hygiene Researched for GOJO Sustainability Initiative

Four graduate students completed a research project focused on hand hygiene among economically disadvantaged populations for Akron's GOJO Industries, Inc., the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings and inventor of PURELL® hand sanitizer.


During Spring Semester 2012, a multidisciplinary team of two doctoral students, Diana Kingsbury (third from left above) and Julie Schaefer, along with two MPH students, Lorriane Odhiambo (third from right) and Sunita Shakya (far right), collaborated on a social sustainability initiative to improve the lives of children in water-restricted communities. The students explored which regions of the world would be most appropriate for GOJO outreach, assessed the current state of hand hygiene in those regions and explained the complexity of interrelated health factors that, when combined, determine childhood mortality and illness outcomes.

Oglesby Leads National Dialogue on MPH Practicum Standards


Kent State is having robust influence on the discussion regarding emerging national standards for the MPH practicum in accredited schools of public health. The work of Assistant Professor Dr. Willie H. Oglesby is guiding the discourse on the subject. Oglesby reviewed what leading accredited colleges of public health were doing, discovering conspicuous variation. His findings led to him delivering a June 27 Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) webinar that drew 70 chairs, deans and faculty leaders.

Mock Disease Outbreak Investigation Conducted for Upward Bound Students

mock_1The college, in partnership with the Portage County Health Department and Emergency Management Agency, conducted a mock disease outbreak investigation on July 12 for 27 high school students enrolled in Upward Bound, the university's summer pre-college program for first-generation, low-income students from targeted school districts.

James Trip to Colombia Reinforces College’s Malaria Leadership Role


Professor Mark A. James, executive director of global health programs for the college, spent an influential and productive week in Colombia recently, representing Kent State and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As chair of the scientific advisory group (SAG) for the NIH-supported International Center of Excellence for Malaria Research, James visited Cali, Tumaco and Medellin from May 28-June 4, meeting with numerous experts from the academic, scientific and medical communities, as well as representatives from the media and citizens of the regions in which he traveled.  (James is far right, above.)

Esteemed New Faculty on Board

A number of new scholars, educators and practitioners have recently joined the 28-member College of Public Health faculty. Seven are introduced here, and more will be profiled in the fall edition of the Quarterly. We bid a fond farewell and best wishes to faculty and staff leaving the college: Dr. David Hussey, Kay Levandowski and Dr. Fred Tavill.

Dr. Tina Bhargava, assistant professor, will teach undergraduate courses in social and behavioral sciences, particularly prevention and control of diseases.

Dr. Yijing Chen, associate professor, will teach undergraduate disaster preparedness courses, as well as engage in collaborative research with the Liquid Crystal Institute.

Dr. Abbey Eng, assistant professor, a lover of quantitative analysis, is coordinating and teaching the undergraduate biostatistics course.

Dr. Chuck Hart, associate professor, brings 35 years of real-world experience to the new undergraduate environmental health program.

Dr. Peggy Stephens, associate professor, social and behavioral sciences, will concentrate upon teaching undergraduate research methods and will serve as an expert resource for grant development.

Dr. Ginger Yang, tenured associate professor, is an injury prevention scholar who studies NCAA athletes and Major League Baseball pitchers.

Dr. Ken Zakariasen, professor, an endodontist, epidemiologist and dean turned leadership and organization change expert, will lead a new leadership and organizational change concentration within the MPH program in health policy and management.

Grad Students’ Research and Skills Attract Notice, Make a Difference

Kent State public health students continue to gain national exposure for their work and to secure fellowships and jobs with prestigious organizations. Profiles of four recent graduate student accomplishments highlight the impact that the college and its scholars are having in the public health field: Koya Allen (right), Aimee Budnik, Amy Lyzen and Theresa Zavodnik (left).


2nd Annual Spring Celebration and Awards Held April 13

The College of Public Health honored students and faculty, recognized two individuals instrumental to the founding of the college and celebrated the careers of three retiring area public health commissioners at its second-annual spring celebration and awards program on April 13.Awards 2_1

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