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Public health careers are broad and varied, and for those who are passionate about changing lives for the better, they present an immense opportunity to fill growing needs in the field. A Master of Public Health degree demonstrates your pursuit of advanced knowledge, desire to lead and a set of professional skills needed to succeed in a variety of healthcare careers and public health roles.

Set yourself apart in a field that’s expected to see unprecedented growth in the next several years.1

By putting you in touch with peers from diverse professional backgrounds, broadening your knowledge and challenging your understanding of how public health functions across different sectors, an MPH from Kent State University can help you build the confidence and competence to succeed in a number of public health careers.

MPH Outcomes by the Numbers

Because master’s degree holders earn, on average, nearly 20 percent more in salary than those with bachelor’s degrees alone,2 a Master of Public Health degree could help you reach salary outcomes at or near the upper end of these ranges.

Average MPH graduate salary3
Post-graduation salary ranges for Epidemiologists4
Post-graduation salary ranges for Medical Writers5
Post-graduation salary range for Health Center Administrators6
Post-graduation salary range for Management Policy Advisors7
Post-graduation salary range for Chief Medical Officers8

Top Employment Sectors for MPH Graduates9

  • Federal health agencies
  • Colleges/universities
  • Health departments
  • Corporate settings
  • Research facilities

Popular Cities for MPH Graduates10

  • New York
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Atlanta

Learn More About Specializations
Health Policy and Management
Social and Behavioral Sciences


Tony Eljallad MPH Graduate

Tony Eljallad MPH ’17

“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.”

Epidemiology Career Paths

Our MPH graduates who have specialized in Epidemiology have gone on to pursue roles that include:

  • Researchers in universities, medical schools, and pharmaceutical companies
  • Disease prevention specialists in hospitals
  • Surveillance managers in state and local health departments

Epidemiology Program Overview

HPM Career Paths

Online MPH graduates who have specialized in Health Policy and Management (HPM) have gone on to pursue roles that include:

  • Policy analysis in health planning organizations and governmental agencies
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Emergency management
  • Health insurance companies
  • Occupational health and safety services
  • Health education
  • Administrative and management positions in:
    • Hospitals
    • Clinics
    • State and local health departments
    • Nursing homes
    • Mental health facilities

HPM Program Overview

SBS Career Paths

Graduates of the online MPH program who specialized in Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) have been successful in the following careers:

  • Health education and promotion programs
  • Clinical and nonprofit settings
  • Program design and evaluation
  • Curriculum development for state and local health departments, corporate wellness programs, hospitals, international health agencies, mental health centers, and nonprofit organizations
  • Public or government agencies
  • Occupational health and safety services
  • Individual health coaching and business ownership

SBS Program Overview

What can you do with a Master of Public Health?

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Check out our infographic for six ways in which an MPH can help your career grow.

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November 03, 2020
It’s late in 2020, and the world needs good news regarding the study of disease. Fortunately, there’s plenty of it—in relation to COVID-19, cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, and an array of other threats to health and longevity.
October 22, 2020
Some call it a science and some say it’s more like journalism. Its practitioners have backgrounds in diverse areas. They work in offices and labs, on college campuses, in community health centers and all over the world. It’s a term we encounter a lot in the news lately, but exactly what is epidemiology?
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