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Presenting Our Programs

Posted May. 2, 2013

A regular new quarterly update story highlighting one of the college’s relevant, career-enhancing and in-demand bachelor’s and master’s degree programs
 Stuck in your current employment position?  Or how about one of your employees – are internal job postings out of reach because a degree is lacking or not quite finished?  Kent State’s BSPH degree is ideal for gaining career-enhancing skills in the exciting and growing field of public health.
Kent’s BSPH is offered either as a traditional four-year, face-to-face academic program – or fully online.  “This program is ideal for allied health professionals who hold associate’s degrees and would like to obtain a bachelor’s degree in a shortened timeframe,” explains says Cheryl Laubacher, coordinator, Academic Recruitment & Retention.  “We not only will accept credits earned in their AA degree program, but will grant up to 12 earned credit hours to students who hold a state-recognized license, such as a respiratory therapist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, chemical dependency counselor, dietitian or physician assistant,” she says.
The program is flexible in other important ways as well.  While a full-time student course load is four classes, Kent’s online BSPH offers two types of sections for each course:  15 weeks and 7.5 weeks.  “We’ve discovered that online learners find it much easier to take two classes for a shorter length of time, rather than four classes for a longer period,” says Laubacher.  “The 7.5-week concentrated alternative allows students to have fewer things to focus on, while still completing four courses a semester,” she says.
Being flexible doesn’t mean the BSPH is any less rigorous.  “The program ensures that students are exposed to all five disciplines of public health, including biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health policy and management and social and behavioral science,” Laubacher says.  “In addition, they learn to demonstrate mastery of a set of core competencies,” she says.
“There’s still plenty of time to enroll for fall semester,” Laubacher adds, inviting interested individuals to contact her for program details and application assistance.