A 2010 report by the United Health Foundation, ranked Kentucky as one of the unhealthiest states (44th) in the U.S. Kentucky’s all-cause mortality rate, is the second highest rate in the U.S., due to elevated death rates for cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. The high prevalence of established risk behaviors for many diseases, in both adults and children, including substance abuse, obesity, sedentary lifestyles, and infrequent preventive care contribute significantly to this elevated disease burden.
The University of Kentucky (UK) established the College of Public Health to help address these challenges through its teaching, research and service efforts. As a component of a Carnegie Engaged University, the College of Public Health at UK takes seriously its responsibility to the communities and individuals that constitute the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The foundation for the College of Public Health is formed by its’ mission, vision, and values. They are more than words; they are the principles, hopes and aspirations that guide decisions and actions. The College values its students, faculty and staff and in all of its actions attempts to build an environment where individuals succeed and thrive. The College takes great pride in the transparency associated with all College operations. The College believes in routine assessment/evaluation, and sees evaluation as part of continuous quality improvement, and not as criticism. Diversity of thought, and diversity among our students, staff and faculty, is woven into the fabric of the culture of the College. Since the creation (July 2004) of the College, these guiding principles have helped the University of Kentucky, College of Public Health make significant progress in achieving its academic, research and services goals/objectives.
The College of Public Health is committed to quality in all of its education, research and service efforts. Evidence of this commitment to quality is full accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), full membership in the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), and Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) . The College of Public Health is committed to the practice community, as evidenced by its collaborations with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Kentucky Department for Public Health, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, Kentucky Public Health Association, and the Kentucky Health Department Association.
The demand for public health training programs is high, as evidenced by the growth in the number of accredited schools and programs in recent years. Data suggests that students who select public health training programs are making a strategic and wise investment in their future. It is anticipated the U.S. will face a shortage of public health workers as baby-boomers retire over the next ten years and that schools of public health will need to train more workers to meet the projected needs.
To prepare students to take advantage of these opportunities, the UK College of Public Health currently offers the following graduate/professional degree programs:
- Master of Health Administration (MHA)
- Master of Public Health (MPH)
- Master of Science in Clinical Research Design (MS)
- Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
- Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology & Biostatistics (PhD EPB)
- Doctor of Philosophy in Gerontology (PhD)
- Joint Degree Programs – MD / MPH, PharmD / MPH, and JD / MHA.
The UK College of Public Health also takes seriously its responsibility to contribute to science. The productivity of College faculty in the research arena is amazing. College faculty guide millions of dollars annually in collaborative research, with funding sources ranging from NIH and CDC, to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This extramural funding provides numerous opportunities for students to participate in the conduct of some exciting, innovative and ground-breaking research. Access to faculty in five additional UK health careers colleges (Dentistry, Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy) and numerous Centers and Institutes further expands opportunities for students.
The University of Kentucky College of Public Health simply provides an incredible environment for public health training, research and service. Information on this website describes the exciting efforts underway, the successes, and the opportunities. This website introduces the real heart of the College, the students, faculty and staff.