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 and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), our training, research, and service activities are extremely deep and broad. In 2010, the college was re-accredited by CEPH for a term of 7 years, until December 2017. The College was also successful in achieving full reaccreditation for 7 years in 2012 for the Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree program from the Commission on Accreditation on Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The college has dramatically increased program development which is primarily used to support students and enhance endowed faculty positions. In fiscal year 2013–2014, the college received more than $34 million in grant funding for research. The research portfolio of our faculty and staff provides outstanding training opportunities for our students, support’s national research priorities, builds bridges to other Colleges and Universities, and increases the stature if our College internationally.

Our mission is to apply cutting-edge, comprehensive approaches to better understand and reduce the causes of diseases and injuries and the burdens they place on individuals, families and communities. The College of Public Health is 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 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:

We are one of 52 (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. One of our many great strengths is the supportive, collegial environment provided for students to study and grow professionally. 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.

Wayne T. Sanderson, PhD, CIH