The Masters of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences at Kent State University Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of the theoretical basis of health behavior in populations across the life course, as well as how to apply theoretical principles to design effective behavior change strategies.

Graduates of this MPH program will be able to design and evaluate public health interventions intended to improve health for families, communities, the workplace and law enforcement/criminal justice settings.

All of our MPH programs are taught by faculty members who have extensive research interests relating to pressing issues in today’s public health industry. The active research of the College’s faculty, particularly in the areas of violence and substance abuse prevention, HIV/AIDS, and alcohol and tobacco use will provide students the opportunity to work on large-scale, externally funded prevention research.

Students who graduate with their MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences will be prepared for careers in:

  • Health education and promotion
  • Program design and evaluation
  • Curriculum development for state and local health departments, corporate wellness programs, hospitals, international health agencies, mental health centers, and nonprofit organizations

If you want to pursue a career that will help you make a difference, the Kent State College of Public Health is a great place to get started. For more information, contact Jeff Hallam, PhD Professor and Chair, Social & Behavioral Sciences at jhallam1@kent.edu

Don’t forget to explore our other four MPH programs and find out how they can help you prepare for career opportunities in the field.



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