Better Outcomes Begin Here

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.

$64,482
Average MPH graduate salary3
$45K-101K
Post-graduation salary ranges for Epidemiologists4
$54K-103K
Post-graduation salary ranges for Medical Writers5
$51K-$145K
Post-graduation salary range for Health Center Administrators6
$90K-$150K
Post-graduation salary range for Management Policy Advisors7
$192K-$389K
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
Epidemiology
Health Policy and Management
Social and Behavioral Sciences

HEAR FROM OUR STUDENTS

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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Featured Articles

March 07, 2022
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February 06, 2022
The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) is one of the core professional journals for the field, reflecting the profession's diversity and addressing current public health issues. Read more here about the American Journal of Public Health, other notable professional resources, current issues in public health, and public health careers.
January 03, 2022
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December 30, 2021
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November 30, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define epidemiology as the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states and events in specified populations. To complete this study of “health-related states and events”, scientists use a tool called the epidemiologic triangle, or the epidemiologic triad.
November 29, 2021
As 2021 comes to a close, we’re taking a look at some of the top public health problems that faced the world in the past year. While some are more obvious than others, they all tie together to form a picture of the biggest challenges facing humanity today and give us a clue as to what to expect in the future.
October 26, 2021
Kent State College of Public Health professor recognized for outstanding research of zoonotic infections and scientific communication.
September 23, 2021
Given recent global health events, it stands to reason that jobs in public health would be growing along with the rest of the healthcare sector. What do public health professionals do? It’s not all virus tracking and promoting vaccination centers. There's a diverse range of job types to be had in public health encompassing research, policymaking, and health interventions.
August 27, 2021
You may already be familiar with the acronym, but what does it really mean to pursue a Master’s of Public Health degree? Read on to learn more about the field and all you could discover with a degree in public health.
July 26, 2021
Throughout the ages, great public health leaders have helped inspire extraordinary solutions to pressing public health issues.1 Inspiration can come from anywhere, however. Sometimes the most inspirational ...
June 30, 2021
As we progress through the COVID-19 pandemic, its effects on the study, containment and prevention of disease continue to unfold. Historically, public health emergencies have necessitated and inspired defining changes to epidemiology.
June 09, 2021
When thinking of a hospital, it's unlikely the first thing that comes to mind is the beautiful design of the building. Rarely do tourists flock to a city to capture an iconic photograph of an architecturally impressive hospital.
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