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College of Public Health
College of Public Health

326 Lowry Hall
Tel: 330-672-6500


The Public Health certificate integrates key aspects of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, communities and individual. The certificate program is aimed at students who are interested in gaining exposure to the field of public health, who do not intend to pursue a bachelor's degree or who already hold a bachelor's or associate degree and wish to broaden their knowledge of public health. Certificate graduates have an understanding of emerging issues in public health, the social and behavioral aspects to preventing disease, environmental health concepts, the changing U.S. health care system, and the monitoring of diseases in the community through applied public health research.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements: Kent State University admission requirements apply, including assessment testing. Students may enroll in the program even if they have prior degrees. Students must declare themselves as a certificate candidate prior to completing half of the courses and must complete a minimum of 15 credits at Kent State University.

Attribute Legend: DD Diversity-Domestic; DG Diversity-Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Attribute Course Title Credits
  PH 10001 Introduction to Public Health 3
DG PH 10002 Introduction to Global Health 3
  PH 20001 Essentials of Epidemiology 3
  PH 30002 Introductory Biostatistics 3
  PH 30005 Social and Behavioral Science Theories in Public Health 3
  PH 30033 Public Health Policy and Decision-Making 1 3
  1. Students in the nursing [BSN-NURS] major may substitute NURS 40045 for PH 30033.