Health of Individuals and Communities (Public Health)

Kent State University

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The Health of Individuals and Communities (Public Health) Center of Excellence places an emphasis on prevention and community partnership development and builds on Kent State University's established strengths in a number of significant areas of public health research and community outreach, namely:

  • The Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence (ISPV)
  • The Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, a partnership with the Summa Health System of Akron
  • Kent and regional campus nursing programs and nursing research programs
  • Regional campus programs in radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, OT assisting and PT assisting
  • The College of Architecture and Environmental Design's expertise in health care facility design

Driving Economic Advancement

The Health of Individuals and Communities (Public Health) Center of Excellence recognizes the responsibility of Kent State University, as a public research university, to drive economic advancement and workforce development for the state while fostering community health and well-being for its citizens. As one of two Colleges of Public Health in Ohio, and the only college offering the baccalaureate degree in public health education, the Center will be well placed to address the critical workforce shortage of both entry-level and graduate-trained health professionals.

Benchmarks

  • Seven founding full-time faculty at the Center have secured $5 million in external funding
  • One of two Colleges of Public Health in Ohio that seeks to become CEPH-accredited, and the only one that seeks to offer all three levels of public health education
  • Committed $5 million in internal strategic funds

Goals

  • Achieve world-class excellence in public health
  • Increase the number of faculty to 25 full-time tenure-track members by Fall 2011 and to 50 full-time tenure-track members by Fall 2015
  • Complete construction efforts on regional campuses to further workforce and economic development benefits

Metrics

  • International rankings in public health
  • Number of full-time tenure-track faculty members in Fall 2011 and 2015