College of Public Health students graduating

Dean's Message

Greetings from Lexington and the University of Kentucky College of Public Health!

Ranked by U.S. News and World Report, a Top 25 School of Public Health.

As a fully accredited school of public health, by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), and a fully participating member of the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), I believe you will be impressed by the depth and breadth of our training, research, and service activities. In 2010, the college completed an amazingly positive re-accreditation review by CEPH, resulting in the awarding of an accreditation term of 7 years until December 2017. The College was successful in achieving full reaccreditation for 7 years in 2012 for the MHA degree program from the Commission on Accreditation on Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), a degree program that was transferred to the College in 2010. The college had a record year in development in 2012; receiving $1.5 million in gifts/pledges which will primarily be used to support current students and to establish and enhance endowed faculty positions. In fiscal year 2011-2012, the college also received more than $46 million in grant funding for research. The research portfolio of our faculty and staff provides incredible opportunities for our students, support’s UK’s research priorities, builds bridges to other campus academic units, and increases the stature if our College nationally.

The mission here is to apply comprehensive health approaches to better understand and to help reduce the burdens and disparities of health problems on individuals, families and communities. We have a vision that the College of Public Health will be recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for its outcomes and products addressing public health problems, reflecting excellence in discovery, outreach, learning, service, community engagement, and leadership. We pursue our mission and vision through academic excellence, accountability, community engagement, democracy, educational opportunities, organizational cohesion, trans-disciplinary discovery and integrity.

The College offers several Public Health degrees in different areas of concentration which include:

The College is guided by its mission, vision, and values. They are much more than mere words; they are principles we live by. We are one of 50 (and the number is growing) accredited schools of public health who share a grand mission to improve the public’s health across the U.S. and around the world through our teaching, research and service.

The faculty, staff, students and alumni of the College are committed to making a difference in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond. We take seriously our responsibility to prepare the next cadre of public health workers; we know we are preparing future public health leaders. People are important here, and we are genuinely committed to making our work and learning environment positive, fair, and diverse. I encourage you to talk with admissions staff and faculty associated with the degree programs about the opportunities that await you at the University of Kentucky and in a career in public health.

Stephen W. Wyatt
Stephen W. Wyatt, DMD, MPH