Increase Your Career Impact With an Online Master of Public Health

Become a more effective and influential advocate for public health with an online Master of Public Health from the Kent State University College of Public Health. Public health careers offer the satisfaction of making lasting contributions to the well-being of individuals and communities, and ultimately, contributing to a healthier and more equitable world.

The Kent State online Master of Public Health (MPH) can support you in doing more good for the communities you serve by developing the skills and confidence to succeed in your chosen area of public health. Tailor your degree to advance your career goals, whether you want to move from clinical practice into management, or want to work on research or health policy initiatives outside of clinical medicine.

Not only can your increased career impact give you more professional satisfaction, but your advanced degree will position you for leadership in a field that's expected to see unprecedented growth in the next several years.1

A Master of Public Health Is an Investment in Your Career

The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences has found that people with a master’s degree or above earn higher median salaries on average than those with a bachelor’s degree.

Advanced degree holders average 21% higher earnings.2

For example, the 2021 median earnings for those who had completed a master’s degree or above was $74,600, compared to $61,600 for those who had completed their bachelor’s.2

MPH Career Outcomes

A Master of Public Health degree prepares you for leadership roles in several health services and public health careers, where you can earn salaries like these:

$104,830
National average post-graduation salary for Medical and Health Services Managers3
$84,259
National average post-graduation salary for Epidemiologists4
$80,653
National average post-graduation salary
for Medical Writers5
$91,483
National average post-graduation salary for Hospital Administrators6
$92,793
National average post-graduation salary for Management Policy Advisors7
$265,162
National average post-graduation salary for Chief Medical Officers8

Kent State Outcomes by the Numbers

Recently surveyed KSU MPH alumni almost unanimously reported being able to apply their coursework to their careers. Most of them reported a salary increase and many saw a pay raise of more than 25%.9

76%
Got a Raise9
34%
Earn Over 25% More9
91%
Use What They Learned9

Top Employers for MPH Graduates10-13

MPH graduates can be found in many employment sectors, with different industries and career roles based on their degree concentration. In general, the top employers for MPH graduates are:

  • Federal, state and local government
  • Life sciences research and development organizations
  • Hospitals: state, local and private
  • Healthcare organizations
    • Individual and family services
    • Nursing and residential care facilities

Customize Your Career Path with a Specialization

You have the choice of three specialization areas with your online MPH from the Kent State College of Public Health, so you can focus on what's important to you. This flexibility helps you create a rewarding career and make your best contributions to public health.

Follow these links to learn more about the skills and knowledge you’ll gain in each of the specializations. Stay on this page to explore career paths you can follow.

Hear From a Kent State Graduate

“My KSU CPH education really helped me begin to see and apply public health principles to my roles to discover new and innovative ways to grow them.”
Whitney R., MPH ’21

Bright Career Outlook for Master of Public Health Graduates

Master of public health careers are rewarding and MPH graduates will have many opportunities through 2032. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the health care and social assistance sector to account for about 45% of all new jobs in this timeframe.14

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2.1 Million
New Healthcare and Social
Assistance Jobs Through 203214



Public Health Career Growth Rates

While the overall job growth rate is expected to be 0.3% per year through 2032, the healthcare and social assistance sector will grow significantly faster.

Health Care Support

15.4%14

Computer and Mathematical

15.2%14

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical

8%14

Community and Social Service

7.8%14

Life, Physical and Social Sciences

6.1%14

Three Routes to a High-Impact Public Health Career

Browse the sections below to review the rewarding career paths that Kent State’s three MPH specializations can equip you for.

HPM Career Paths

Online MPH graduates who have specialized in Health Policy and Management (HPM) have supported public health and health equity in roles that include:

  • Healthcare administrator
  • Social services director
  • Systems analyst
  • Development officer
  • Financial analyst

HPM Program Overview

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Public Health Career Resources

As an MPH student, you have access to a variety of career development resources, including drop-in advising sessions that are right-sized for help with quick questions about career development topics including:

  • Resume and CV support
  • Accessing and navigating the online career community, Handshake
  • Improving networking skills
  • Interview tips

Talk with an admissions outreach advisor to find out more about the drop-in sessions and other ways that Kent State and the College of Public Health support you on your career journey.

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MPH Careers Infographic

More MPH Career Options to Consider

Check out this infographic for a closer look at six roles an MPH can prepare you for.

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Kent MPH Alumni Snapshots

Haris Ahmad

Haris Ahmad, MPH ’22
Epidemiology Specialization

Recently accepted into the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) fellowship program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Haris Ahmad will be researching vaccine effectiveness to inform vaccine policy at the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Food and Drug Administration's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.

Shanice Cheatham

Shanice Cheatham, MPH ’21
Health Policy and Management Specialization

A Presidential Fellow at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, Shanice Cheatham is also an entrepreneur who founded a healthcare products company. Cheatham has an undergraduate degree in cellular and molecular biology and aspires to become a trauma surgeon. As a Presidential Fellow, Cheatham works on major projects for the Meharry Medical College.

Rebecca Jindra

Rebecca Jindra, MPH ’21
Epidemiology Specialization

Accepted into the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Applied Epidemiology Fellowship program after earning her MPH, Rebecca Jindra is on the epidemiology team at the Santa Barbara County (California) Public Health Department, where she's working to understand the health of residents living in Santa Barbara County and implementing evidence-based strategies to help address community needs.

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Featured Articles

February 18, 2024
Whether navigating the complexities of healthcare legislation or launching public health initiatives, MPH health policy and management professionals are making fundamental differences in the lives of entire communities. Find out how Kent State's online MPH can help you move into leadership in healthcare management and support meaningful progress in public health.
February 15, 2024
Public health experts have long recognized that the environments where people live have health consequences at both the individual and community levels. Explore the importance of environmental health in public health outcomes in this blog post.
January 29, 2024
Public health is a dynamic field at the intersection of social justice, health science, and policy. This article explores how Kent State's innovative online MPH degree combined with a Graduate Certificate in LGBTQ+ Public Health can help you successfully navigate this complex landscape.
January 25, 2024
Epidemiologists navigating the complex landscape of public health need specialized knowledge and management skills to support their commitment to community health. Learn how Kent State's online Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology can help you develop these skills and advance your career.
January 18, 2024
In the U.S., life expectancy by year of birth has risen steadily and dramatically since the beginning of the 20th century. With only a few notable drops, the expected age of death among Americans has climbed from around 47 in the year 19001 to an average of about 79 in 2015.
January 18, 2024
As warmer global temperatures expand mosquito habitats, the range and intensity of mosquito diseases continue to increase, with significant implications for public health. There have been new reports of these diseases in North America, alongside other public health concerns. Learn more here.
January 15, 2024
Throughout the mid-19th century, clinicians noted the impact of socio-environmental factors on healthcare. From unusually high incidences of breast cancer in Italian nuns to cancers that only seemed to affect chimney sweeps in Great Britain, medical literature of the period carefully traced the connections between cultural background and wellness.
December 06, 2023
Learn about the master's in public health, a versatile degree that deeply prepares students for a fulfilling career in many fields related to health. This comprehensive blog post covers core competencies, career pathways, opportunities for impact and more.
November 20, 2023
Healthcare and public health practitioners and policymakers have become increasingly aware of the many nonmedical factors that contribute to health disparities for diverse populations and the negative consequences those disparities create. Read about addressing health disparities in diverse populations, including one Kent State alumni's experiences.
August 31, 2023
Public health policies are essential building blocks of better health equity that can help break down socioeconomic barriers and allow broader access to healthcare. Read about examples of public health policies and their impact on health equity, along with some of the challenges to promoting health equity and strategies for overcoming them.
May 11, 2023
Although they don’t receive as much attention as rising healthcare premiums or drug breakthroughs tend to, public health concerns that affect communities at large are among the biggest challenges on the nation’s healthcare landscape.
May 03, 2023
In this post, we introduce you to three of the COPH professors who are actively engaged with their communities and their students, and with advancing knowledge in their areas of expertise.
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