Advance Your Career in Public Health
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Advance Your Career in Public Health

Online Public Health Degrees & Certificates From Kent State

Advance your career with the online Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Master of Public Health, Graduate Certificate in LGBTQ+ Public Health or Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology degree from Kent State University’s College of Public Health. Expand your expertise by studying with authorities at the forefront of health research and policy. Through the integration of theory and practice, you’ll graduate equipped to address and solve the health challenges of the 21st century.

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Take your career to a higher level with our affordable, flexible online Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Master of Public Health or Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology. Our 100% online programs allow you to keep up with your current responsibilities while you study. Find out how we can help you create the career and positive public health impact you want to have.

Download our guide to learn more about:

  • Career Opportunities
  • Customizing Your Degree
  • The Student Experience
  • Admission Requirements
  • Tuition and Financial Aid

Train with Cutting-Edge Professionals for Immediate Career Impact

As a student in one of the Kent State College of Public Health (COPH) online programs, you'll get an education from some of the best professors in the country, learning about cutting-edge public health research and practices. Our programs offer the education you need to make a real difference in the world without having to turn your world upside down. With 100% online course delivery, you can study anywhere, on your own time.

Focus on Your Professional Interests in Our Flexible Programs

We offer a full bachelor’s degree curriculum, a two-year Master of Public Health with three specializations, a two-semester Graduate Certificate in LGBTQ+ Public Health and a two-year Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology. Whether you want to work in research or program administration, in a government agency, non-profit or for-profit setting, you can customize your degree to prepare you for immediate and long-lasting impact in public health.

A History of Excellence and Innovation

Kent State was established as a public research university in 1910. Our long tradition of excellence and innovation in education assures you of a degree that is both convenient and respected. The College of Public Health has more than 300 community partners, and our faculty have secured millions in grant funding for research and public health programs on topics including the COVID pandemic, opioid addiction, mental health and suicide prevention.

Study Online and Stay Connected

A pioneer in online education, we launched our first online course almost 20 years ago, which means that you will benefit from years of online education management and the high caliber and dedication of our faculty and staff.

All professors, my academic advisor and my academic success coach made being a distance student so smooth. I feel connected and truly feel I know what is expected of me always.
Jann K. MPH ‘18

Which Online Kent State CPH Program Is Right for You?

All of Kent State’s CPH online programs combine online flexibility with the opportunity to learn from connected, caring faculty and consolidate your learning with capstone experiences. The difference between them lies in the types of work activities. An admissions outreach advisor will be happy to help you consider which path is the best match for your strengths and professional interests.

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Master of Public Health Program

Build and strengthen your expertise in public health advocacy, research and policy implementation. Focus your education on your professional passion with one of these specializations:

  • Epidemiology
  • Health policy and management
  • Social and behavioral sciences

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MPH Careers

Career paths for MPH graduates are varied and rewarding. They offer good salaries, meaningful work and the job security of some of today’s fastest-growing occupations.1

Professional roles for which you may qualify, depending on your specialization, include:

  • Researcher
  • Surveillance manager
  • Disease prevention specialist
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Health educator or coach

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LGBTQ+ Public Health Graduate Certificate Program

Prepare to provide direct services or utilize research, engage in policy analysis and reform, or more effectively manage or direct organizations and agencies that serve the LGBTQ+ community. You can earn the certificate as a standalone credential in as little as two semesters or as part of your online MPH with a specialization in Health Policy and Management or Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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LGBTQ+ Public Health Careers

The Graduate Certificate in LGBTQ+ Public Health prepares you for a variety of rewarding careers improving healthcare services and public health outcomes for this historically stigmatized group.

Professional roles for which you may qualify include:

  • Behavioral health clinician
  • Health program manager
  • Public health analyst
  • Health educator or coach
  • Health care case manager

Explore LGBTQ+ Certificate Careers

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Bachelor of Science in Public Health Program

Build well-rounded expertise in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, global health and health policy. Choose a concentration in allied health, health services administration, or clinical trials research as you prepare to advance into a distinguished career.

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Bachelor of Science in Public Health Careers

Depending on your area of concentration, you may qualify for these and other professional roles:

  • Patient navigator
  • Healthcare consultant
  • Finance manager
  • Clinical trials manager

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MS in Clinical Epidemiology Program

Learn the clinical practices, analytical methods and regulatory guidelines necessary to conduct and manage clinical research into the causes and prognoses of diseases, along with their prevention and treatment.

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MS in Clinical Epidemiology Careers

As a graduate of the MS in Epidemiology program, you may find yourself in a fulfilling career in any of several non-profit or for-profit settings, working to understand and address health issues.

Professional roles of MS in Epidemiology graduates include:

  • Clinical trial manager
  • Research scientist
  • Biostatistician
  • Epidemiologist
  • Data scientist

Explore MS in Epidemiology Careers

Why Get an Online Degree from Kent State?

Online degree programs offer so many benefits over on-campus programs that universities worldwide are rushing to implement them. A leader in online education, Kent State University has decades of experience creating effective, engaging online curriculum that helps you build the professional skills and connections you’re seeking without the need to commute or relocate for your coursework.

Other advantages include:
  • Time–study on your schedule, around your other commitments
  • Cost–save money on commuting and time away from work
  • Learning support–our program is specifically designed to support you
  • Collaboration and networking–get to know the other working professionals from a variety of backgrounds as you work on assignments

Recognized Quality

The Kent State College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). These accreditations attest to the high academic standards of our programs, which are among the most affordable programs in the state.

Our Military Friendly Silver designation recognizes the outstanding service we offer members of the extended military community and all our online students.

Additionally, our MPH program offers many courses that have earned certification from Quality Matters (QM).2

Connected and Caring Faculty

Our faculty have been recognized for their professional expertise and dedication to training tomorrow's public health leaders. They will guide your professional development and share their diverse knowledge with you, helping you develop a comprehensive understanding of the field.

Collectively they have secured more than $23 million in project funding from such diverse entities as the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control.

They’ve held appointments with the U.S. Congress and Environmental Protection Agency and written textbooks and numerous peer-reviewed articles on public health and related topics.

Active in a wide array of professional organizations, the Kent State CPH faculty can help you build your own professional network and design your career path.

Meet Our Faculty

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Working in the field, you learn to master your role in public health. The MPH program opens your mind up to the entire public health system, so you understand why your role exists and understand many of the required policies associated with your profession.
Tony E. MPH ‘17

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Be in your senior year of high school OR hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent degree
  • Apply for admission using the Kent State Application or the Common Application
  • Application fee: $50
  • The full college preparatory curriculum as recommended by the Ohio State Board of Education

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • Complete bachelor’s degree, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), from an accredited university
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors and/or employers
  • Application fee: $45
  • Official transcripts
  • Goal statement
  • Resume/CV
  • There is no GRE requirement

The application process is simple and we’re here to guide you through it.


Our admissions outreach advisors are available to answer your questions regarding admissions requirements for the program. If you have questions, please email us at (Master’s in Public Health/MS in Epidemiology) or (BS in Public Health) or call us toll-free at +1 844-234-4073.

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Technology Requirements

To participate in this online program, you will need a computer and broadband internet connection. Your program may have further requirements that include the ability to record video and audio. If you have questions regarding technology requirements for the program, please contact your admissions outreach advisor at (Master’s in Public Health/MS in Epidemiology) or (BS in Public Health), or call us toll-free at +1 844-234-4073.

Once you are admitted to the program, your admissions outreach advisor will craft your personalized degree plan, giving you a clear course sequence and path to graduation.*

*Students are responsible for taking courses in the prescribed sequence. Any deviation from the prescribed sequence that leads to a delayed graduation is the responsibility of the student.

Admissions and Application Deadlines
Priority Application Deadline
Summer 2024 Term
Final Application Deadline
Summer 2024 Term
First Day of Class
Summer 2024 Term
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