KSU Trumbull adds MPH degree

Staff report


Kent State University College of Public Health is announcing the Master’s in Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Policy & Management, Leadership elective.

This graduate degree is for working health professionals who want advanced skills in organizational change and leadership development and will be offered at Kent State Trumbull beginning with the Spring 2014 semester. Sequential courses are five to eight weeks in duration, offered one night per week; and the entire sequence can be completed in two years.

“We are thrilled to offer Trumbull and Mahoning Valley health professionals this convenient solution to earning our MPH in optimum time,” expressed Sonia Alemagno, Kent State University’s Dean of the College of Public Health.

The program delivers the advantages that today’s health professionals need to compete in the marketplace. “Our world needs leaders who are better prepared to take on the complex health challenges of our society,” said Dr. Ken Zakariasen, director of the MPH in Health Policy and Management with a focus on Leadership and Organizational Change.

He focuses on innovative whole-systems approaches to organizational strategy and change, as well as leadership and leadership team development — “big-picture” thinking. Zakariasen successfully led a recognized MPH leadership/organizational change program at the University of Alberta before leading the Kent State program at the Twinsburg Regional Academic Center. He will be spearheading efforts to launch the same program at the Trumbull campus.

MPH students experience courses such as Emerging Issues in Health Policy and Management and Health Care Systems. Some opt for short-term education abroad, where they study health-care systems of other countries. The MPH practicum can be completed as an intervention designed and implemented within a student’s current organization.

An MPH information session will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 15 in Room 117 of the Technology Building, Kent State Trumbull, 4314 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren, or visit http://publichealth-emph.com/ or contact the College of Public Health at 330-672-6500 for information.

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