Kent State Online

Public Health

Master of Public Health

Health Policy & Management

Ready to face the current and emerging challenges of today’s public health leaders.
Kent State University’s Health & Policy Management program equips you with the skills and knowledge to lead the implementation and improvement of health services planning and management, health policy and analysis, and population health enhancement. Delivered 100% online, this program is ideal for working professionals who want to advance their career in hospitals, public and government health, nonprofits, health care providers or private companies.

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Why choose Kent State’s online Master of Public Health in Health Policy & Management?

  • Enroll in an MPH program that is among the most affordable online programs located in Ohio
  • Earn a practitioner-focused degree from a leader in online education
  • Graduate in 2 years – choose between a 24 or 27 month program
  • Tailor the career-focused practicum to your professional goals
  • Expand your experience with an optional global immersion seminar
  • Receive a refund on your application fee as an enrolled student
  • Can apply for a GRE waiver (if qualified applicant)

Kent State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, which is recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit institutions of higher education. Kent State University has applied for additional full school-level specialization accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Program Details

Kent State’s online Health Policy & Management program is designed for busy working professionals and students seeking graduate education, with the following features:

  • The program is 46 credit hours in length, consisting of 13 courses, one practicum and one comprehensive exam
  • Each course is seven weeks in length, with one course taken per term. Two terms are completed each semester.
  • Degree can be completed in 24 months or 27 months. 24-month completion requires taking two courses concurrently in the last two terms.
  • Students can participate in an optional global immersion seminar.

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 Advisor at or call us toll-free at 844-234-4073.

Once you are admitted to the program, your Admissions Advisor will craft your personalized degree plan, giving you a clear course sequence and path to graduation.

Degree Details

What You’ll Learn

Our online Health Policy & Management program delivers the skills and advanced knowledge you’ll need to make a difference in your community. Build a portfolio of skills that demonstrate advanced knowledge and practical experiences that are applicable to your current career and future professional opportunities. The faculty’s active research in identifying service gaps, developing evidence-based practices and policy analysis ensure that you will emerge with strong skills in health services organization and management, alternative models of service financing and strategies for improving population health.

The curriculum consists of a minimum of 46 credit hours, with the following requirements:

  • Six core courses (19 credit hours)
  • Five specialization courses (15 credit hours)
  • Two elective courses (6 credit hours)
  • Practicum (6 credit hours)
  • Comprehensive exam

Courses are delivered through our course management system, Blackboard Learn. Course content consists of text, narrated PowerPoint presentations, video and audio, live chats, discussion groups and other learning enhancements. The Online MPH courses integrate the Quality Matters best practice standards to ensure high quality instruction. Visit for more information about continuous improvement in online education and student learning.

Degree Outcomes


The Health Policy & Management program’s diverse, full-time faculty bring years of professional experience with them to the classroom. As leading experts in applied public health, they are committed to using real-world experiences and examples to help students apply theory to practice. They also welcome students to work alongside them on cutting-edge research projects in areas including:

  • Access to Care
  • Community-based Interventions
  • Drug Use
  • Health Indicators
  • Health Care Disparities
  • Health Needs Assessment
  • Health Literacy
  • HIV/STD Prevention
  • Physician Practice Patterns
  • Prevention
  • Health Service Utilization Patterns

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Tuition and Fees

We recognize that pursuing a graduate degree is a significant investment. Your Admissions Advisor can answer your questions on program costs, discuss how a Kent State degree compares to others and connect you with financial aid representatives when you are ready to discuss your financing alternatives. For more information about tuition pricing, please visit our tuition page. You can reach us by email at or toll-free at 844-234-4073.

Scholarship and Awards

Kent State University offers scholarship and award opportunities to students in the online MPH program to benefit their experience during the program.  A scholarship of $4,000 dollars is offered to one person per year, and awards of $500 are offered to ten qualifying students per year.

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Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission, students must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students that do not meet GPA requirements may be conditionally admitted. Please contact an Admissions Advisor  at or call us toll-free at 844-234-4073 for more information.

The application process is simple, and we’re here to guide you through it.  The key steps are:

  • Reach out to us to start the conversation today.  Request more information on our website or call 844-234-4073.
  • Participate in an interview with your Admissions Advisor to discuss Kent State’s fit with your academic and professional goals.
  • Complete the online application form. We recommend that you review our admissions checklist for more information.
  • Submit your official undergraduate transcript(s), resume/CV, goal statement and three letters of recommendation.
  • Submit your GRE scores or apply for a GRE waiver.

Our Admissions Advisors are available to answer your questions regarding admission requirements for the program.  If you have questions, please email us at or call us toll-free at 844-234-4073.