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									     The University of Akron

    Cleveland State University

  Northeastern Ohio Universities
Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy

         Ohio University

   Youngstown State University
University of Akron

                                   Cleveland State University

                                      Northeastern Ohio Universities
                                        Colleges of Medicine and

                                          Ohio University

            Youngstown State University
The Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health (CEOMPH) program is a partnership
between The University of Akron (UA), Cleveland State University (CSU), Northeastern Ohio Univer-
sities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM), Ohio University (OU) and Youngstown State
University (YSU). This nontraditional program is geared toward working professionals who would like
to broaden their role in improving community health, enhance current job skills, or seek career

Unique features of the program include the use of distance learning for the six core courses,
including interactive videoconference and web-enhanced teaching. These core courses are
taught on Saturdays using the videoconference system to accommodate working students—some of
the Saturdays are “online” so that the instruction is provided in a web-based format that students
can gain access from home. Faculty members for one course may come from different campuses,
depending on their area of expertise in public health. Public health professionals help plan or teach
portions of courses.

Students are required to take six core courses: Public Health Concepts, Biostatistics in Public
Health, Epidemiology in Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health, Health
Services Administration in Public Health, and Environmental Health Sciences in Public Health.
Public Health Practice and Issues is a required online/practice-based course which addresses the
cross-cutting issues of public health biology, diversity and cultural considerations, ethics, and
informatics and communications. Grant Writing in Public Health Practice is offered as a directed
elective to students with little or no grant writing experience. In addition, students are required to
complete a capstone project and electives. The capstone project teams students with a faculty
preceptor and community preceptor to produce a product pertinent to public health (e.g., paper,
evaluative report, grant, etc.). At the end of the program, all students are expected to present their
capstone project, a summary of courses and how public health competencies were fulfilled, and a
“portfolio” (a collection of accomplished objectives) to a panel of faculty. Students are required to
complete a total of 42 semester or 62 quarter credit hours. This MPH degree is a generalist
degree. Students can choose electives toward their areas of interest.

The first cohort of students started fall 1999, and the program produced its first graduates in spring
2001. The program has been accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

For more information regarding CEOMPH program, contact the program staff located at NEOUCOM
by phone at 330-325-6179 or by e-mail at The program web site is http://

        “The mission of the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health program is to provide accredited public health
        education designed for the working professional. It does this through a collaborative learning community, drawing on
        the collective resources of its six member institutions and partnering community agencies. The program strives to
        produce respected and competent professionals able to improve public health practice, especially in eastern Ohio.”
        Approved 4/15/08

                                               •    Improving, preserving and enhancing the health and well-being
                                                    of the entire community.

                                               •    Engaging in collaborative behavior that models as well as

                                               •    Achieving student excellence, including leadership,
                                                    accountability and ethical behavior.

                                               •    Protecting the environment, recognizing and reducing
                                                    environmental health risks, and using resources prudently in
                                                    our personal and professional lives

                                               •    Promoting diversity in the public health workforce.

                                               •    Demonstrating cultural competence.

                                               •    Commitment to lifelong learning.
                                           Approved 4/15/08

1   Provide graduates with a foundation of public health skills and knowledge, including community assessment methods,
    analytical skills, research strategies, program implementation, evaluation, and policy development within an ethical and
    culturally sensitive perspective.

2   Provide an MPH program that produces competent practitioners through collaboration among academicians, researchers,
    public health practitioners, and students from each member institution and the eastern Ohio community.

3   Provide students with the knowledge and opportunities to apply public health concepts and skills to assess and improve the
    health status of residents of Ohio through research and service.

4   Foster ongoing professional development of faculty and students and public health practitioners for the advancement of
    practice in the community.

5   Assure at least an annual evaluation of overall program activity so that it continues to meet the needs of both students and
    the eastern Ohio community, and is based on the most current concepts and skills in public health research and practice.

Approved 11/4/08
Career Opportunities in Public Health

While there are many specialties in public health, most career opportunities are found
within the following fields. Within each of these areas, opportunities also exist to pursue
your interest in administration, community practice, education, policy or research.

Public Health Practice and Program Management


Environmental Health Sciences Epidemiology

Health Education and Behavioral Sciences

Health Services Administration

Public Health Nutrition

Occupational Safety and Health

For more information about public health careers, visit our Web site link,

Career Services
Each of the participating universities provides students with career
services including resume preparation, job search strategies and
interviewing skills.

The University of Akron

Cleveland State University
       For specific public health career counseling, please call the
       Office of Health Care Administration Program at 216-687-4711.

Ohio University

Youngstown State University

Application Deadlines

The CEOMPH program offers core classes during Fall and Spring
semesters. Students are admitted to the program for study commencing
each Fall. The deadlines for the application process are:

January 15         Application and all materials are due.

By March 15 Acceptance status notices to be sent through the mail.

April 15           Deadline for accepted applicants to inform CEOMPH office
                   of intention to enter program.

Tuition and Financial Support

Tuition is uniform for CEOMPH students and may differ from other university
programs; university fees (other than tuition) will differ among the universities.
Visit the web site at to view the current
tuition rate (per credit hour) and information on financial support.

Financial Aid Offices Contact Information:
The University of Akron:
                                  Phone: 330-972-7032 or Toll Free: 1-800-621-3847

Cleveland State University:
                                  Phone: 216-687-3764 or Toll Free: 1-800-CSU-OHIO
                                  Ask for Financial Aid

Ohio University:        
                                  Phone: 740-593-4141

Youngstown State University:
                                  Phone: 330-941-3505

All application materials are collected and processed through the
CEOMPH program office at the Northeastern Ohio Universities
Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. The information is forwarded to
the CEOMPH Admissions Committee for review and applicant
selection. Students are assigned to a "home" campus based on their
preference. Course registration, financial aid and other university-
specific policies are administered through the home campus. Students
attend classes at any of the available distance learning classrooms
and take approved elective courses at any campus.

            These are the admission requirements:

         Completed application form

         Application fee

         Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

         Transcript - minimum undergraduate GPA 2.75, minimum
            graduate GPA 3.00 out of a 4.00 scale

         Three letters of recommendation

         Cover letter

         Successful completion of a college level mathematics or
           statistics course

         Successful completion of a college level social or natural
           science course

         Acceptable GRE scores taken within the last five years
            (you may be exempt if you have a professional or
            academic master’s or doctoral degree).

         Two years of work experience in a relevant field is highly
           recommended, but not required.

         TOEFL scores taken within the last two years from graduates of
        institutions outside of the United States who are non-native
         English speakers. The minimum score must be 550 (paper-
         based), 213 (computer-based) or 79-80 (read/speak/listen=17,
         write=14, Internet-based). Use code #1903 to indicate the
         institution that should receive your scores.

     For more specific information regarding admission criteria,
     please contact the CEOMPH program office at 330-325-6179.
Students are required to complete 42 semester or 62 quarter hours of instruction. Quarter hour designa-
tions are for Ohio University students.Two core courses are offered each semester. Electives may be
taken at any time during the program. The breakdown is as follows:

                                         Core Courses:              Semester    Quarter
                                                                           Hours        Hours
                                       Public Health Concepts                    3                 4
                                       Biostatistics in Public Health            3                 4
                                       Epidemiology in Public Health             3                 4
                                       Social and Behavioral Sciences
                                         in Public Health                        3                 4
                                       Health Services Administration
                                          in Public Health                       3                 4
                                       Environmental Health Sciences
                                          in Public Health                       3              4
                                       Core course credits                      18             24

                                       Public Health Practice and Issues       3                4
                                       Capstone Project                      3-6              6-10
                                       if 6 semester or 12 quarter credit       15             24
                                       if 3 semester or 8 quarter credit        18                28
                                       Total credits:                           42             62

                                       Academic advising occurs at the “home” campus. Academic
                                       advisors guide students in the selection of electives based on
                                       career goals and interests. Students are asked to complete a
                                       prospectus (program of studies) with their academic advisor.

                                       By the time of graduation, students will have produced a
                                       portfolio of public health competencies achieved in the

                                       The program may be completed in a minimum of two years. All
                                       program requirements must be completed in six years.

Elective Course Offerings
The listing of elective courses approved by the Consortium of
Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health Curriculum Committee

can be found in the Program Information section of the
CEOMPH web page at
Students can find a list of electives that the Curriculum

Committee has approved. Although the electives are listed
by university, students may cross register for an elective at
any of the partner universities through their own home university.

Students may register for these elective courses without formal

A student wishing to take an elective course that does not appear on

the list of approved electives must meet with their advisor, fill out an
elective approval form, attach the course syllabus and submit the
syllabus to the curriculum committee at least one semester prior to

when they plan to take the course.

“CEOMPH has provided an excellent multi-disciplinary academic forum to
help me connect the public health pieces together. This unique and
successful accredited Masters in Public Health program is intertwined with
a diverse faculty of public health, medical and six academic institutions that
are poised to meet the needs of any level of experience or professional
discipline. We are finding new frameworks for program delivery through
our CEOMPH experience. The unique rural to urban connection within the
public health community integrates a local to global perspective that has
better prepared me and many of our staff to meet the future competencies
of public health delivery.”

                      John W. McLeod, RS, MPH
                      Class of 2001 and Graduate
                      Director, Environmental Health Services
                      Cuyahoga County Board of Health

“As an MD community physician, I was thrilled that an MPH program was
developed locally. We indeed have a diverse pool of talent in Eastern Ohio.
The concept of a consortium program like that of the NEOUCOM MD
program again has proved to be successful. CEOMPH fosters medical and
non-medical colleagues to work together in improving the public’s health
and develop common ground and understanding between the medical and
public health communities.”

                      Alyce Rauchenstein, MD, MPH
                      Class 2005 and Graduate
                      Community Physician

“When I was considering graduate school, my wife and I were concerned
about the amount of time I would be spending attending class throughout
the week. The CEOMPH program is structured to allow maximum flexibility
in your daily life while providing an academic background that is pertinent
to many fields. Actually, my signature management paper in the Public
Health Administration course was the reason that I decided to work in
higher education. The expert guidance and instruction I received during my
studies allows me to work confidently in college administration while
keeping my hand in teaching environmental/public health courses both at
Thiel and at YSU. The CEOMPH program was truly the perfect fit for me.”

                      John J. Rindy, MPH
                      Class of 2003 Member and Graduate
                      Dean of Educational Outreach, Thiel College
                      Adjunct Lecturer – Health Professions,
                      Youngstown State University

Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health
                       Program Administration
    Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy
                           Amy F. Lee, MD, MPH, MBA
                               Program Director

                                 Mona Adorni
                             Administrative Assistant

                             Contact Information:
               Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health
                              4209 State Route 44
                                  P.O. Box 95
                         Rootstown, OH 44272-0095

                     Web site:
                              Phone: 330-325-6179
                               Fax: 330-325-5907

                 University Program Coordinators
                            The University of Akron
                             Cynthia F. Capers, PhD
                           Special Assistant to Provost
         Coordinator, Academic Leadership Initiatives & Professor, Nursing
                      Phone: 330-972-6886 or 330-972-2400

                          Cleveland State University
                            Sheila M. Patterson, PhD
          Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
                              Phone: 216-687-4875

                                Ohio University
                       Matthew Adeyanju, PhD, MPH, CHES
                      Department of Social and Public Health
                              Phone: 740-593-1849

                          Youngstown State University
                          Keisha Robinson, DrPH, MPH
                      Assistant Professor, Health Professions
                        Director of Public Health Program
                               Phone: 330-941-1901

                               Nancy Mosca, PhD
                              Department of Nursing
                              Phone: 330-941-1793

       The Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health
   program supports the commitment made by each of its partner
institutions to create and maintain a collaborative environment that is
   free from discrimination while fostering the diverse talents and
          perspectives of students, faculty and staff. 11/2010


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