College of Public Health students graduating


Posted: July 11, 2018

The University of Kentucky College of Public Health has named Dr. Heather M. Bush as Chair of the Department of Biostatistics, effective immediately.


“Dr. Bush has already proven herself an able leader, serving as interim department chair since August 2017,” said Dean Donna Arnett. “I look forward to working with her in this role, and anticipate that her tenure will be marked by continued excellence in the Department of Biostatistics.”


Posted: July 11, 2018


The Commonwealth of Kentucky provides a unique opportunity to study cross-jurisdictional sharing by local health departments. With 120 counties, Kentucky’s local governmental public health system includes 47 single-county health departments alongside 17 multi-county health department districts.


Posted: July 5, 2018
Collaborative Research at UK is a Step Toward Potential Treatment or Prevention of the Degenerative Disease  








Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a progressive and fatal neurodegenerative disease with no effective treatment. At any given time, more than 20,000 people living in the United States and about 450,000 people worldwide have ALS. Approximately 10 to 15 percent of ALS cases are familial and caused by gene mutations.



Posted: July 3, 2018

New research examines the effectiveness of interventions within the scope of occupational therapy (OT) to improve the performance of instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) for community-dwelling older adults. The publication “Occupational Therapy Interventions to Improve Performance of Instrumental Activities of Daily Living for Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Systematic Review” appears in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. The authors are Dr. Elizabeth G. Hunter, of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health Graduate Center for Gerontology, and Dr.

Posted: June 28, 2018

A central objective of recent US health care policy reform has been to increase access to stable, affordable health insurance -- most notably through the  Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, changing market dynamics – rising premiums, changes in issuer participation and plan availability – raise significant concerns about the ability of the marketplaces to provide a stable source of health care for those Americans who rely on them.


Posted: June 21, 2018

What factors determine the level of care provided to women diagnosed with ovarian cancer? And how do those standards of care affect patient outcomes – including survival rates?


Posted: June 21, 2018

Researchers from the University of Kentucky Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research will discuss methodologies for evaluating the health and economic effects of population-level interventions at a series of national meetings next week.


June 23: at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting held in Seattle, Center director and professor of Health Management Policy Dr. Glen Mays will speak as a panelist at a methods workshop on “Generating and Understanding Evidence Needed for Complex Interventions and Real World Applications.”


Posted: June 11, 2018

How have medical marijuana laws affected the attitudes of adolescents and young adults toward use of the substance?


Posted: June 5, 2018

The populations of many Appalachian communities have high rates of unhealthy body weight, but the residents of the region differ from non-Appalachians in their beliefs about behavioral causes of obesity. A study by researchers at the National Cancer Institute, Santa Clara University, and the University of Kentucky aimed to identify differences in beliefs about obesity between Appalachians and non-Appalachians. The resulting publication appears in Public Health Reports.


Posted: June 5, 2018

Occupational illnesses are inadequately reported for agriculture, an industry dominated by a vulnerable Hispanic population and high fatal and nonfatal injury rates. Work-related illnesses can contribute to missed work, caused by a combination of personal and work factors, with costs to the individual, employer, and society.


To better understand agricultural occupational illnesses a team at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health interviewed 225 Hispanic horse industry workers selected via community-based convenience sampling. The resulting publication appears in the Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health.