Program Overview

Kent State University offers an online undergraduate certificate in Public Health.  The certificate program is designed to introduce non-public health majors to the basics when understanding the concepts of disease prevention, health promotion and prolonging life.  

The certificate program is 18 credit hours and consists of six courses that concisely and conceptually provide students the core knowledge needed to succeed in a profession where a basic understanding of public health is required.  Non-public health majors will use the academics to earn a well-rounded education of the emerging issues in healthcare, social and behavioral aspects of preventing disease, environmental health concerns, the healthcare system and how to develop community programs for awareness and prevention.  The core courses will delve into topics of epidemiology, health research methods, biostatistics, global health, policy and decision making, disease control and prevention, sanitation and hazardous materials handling and health disparities.

Graduates will be able to contribute a basic knowledge and understanding of critical and influential health care concepts to many organizations.  The certification can span across many areas of study, from education and biology to nursing and human resources.  Graduates will have a competitive edge when seeking entry-level employment or pursuing current career advancement.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    American Podiatric Medical Association, Council on Podiatric Medical Education

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Not all of Kent State's online programs are available in every state. Students should check prior to enrollment.

    School Overview

    Kent State University is a large public university with its main campus located in Kent, Ohio. In addition to its main campus, Kent State also has campuses throughout Ohio in Burton, Salem, Warren, New Philadelphia, Ashtabula, Jackson Township, and East Liverpool. Founded in 1910 as the Kent State Normal School, it began as a school to train teachers. Over the years, the university has expanded and today offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in many different areas of study including liberal arts, history, journalism, business and several others.

    Kent State offers students many different areas of study and degree levels, including certificates, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and a doctoral program in nursing available in online formats.


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