College of Public Health students graduating

2017-2022 Strategic Plan

Catalyzing Positive Change

Our Vision is...

To be the catalyst of positive change for population health.

Our Mission is...

To develop health champions, conduct multidisciplinary and applied research,
and collaborate with partners to improve health in Kentucky and beyond.

Final 2017 - 2022 Strategic Plan [pdf]

This strategic plan provides the roadmap for moving the University of Kentucky College of Public (CPH) to the next phase of becoming THE leader for population health change as well as acting in service to the people of the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world. The need for public health in the Commonwealth of Kentucky is tremendous: we rank at or near the bottom in every measure of chronic diseases and opioid overdose, and have very high prevalence of poverty, low educational levels, and environmental risk factors. The CPH vision will be realized by optimizing the student experience, conducting impactful research, and translating discoveries into effective policies and practice. The University of Kentucky (UK) is one of only a few state universities to host the full range of academic disciplines, from agriculture and medicine to engineering and fine arts, on one contiguous campus. This diversity offers the CPH a dynamic context for interdisciplinary cooperation and meaningful collaborations.

Strategic Initiatives

  • SI 1: Develop and implement a robust infrastructure and support process to strengthen areas of research expertise in the College.                
  • SI 2: Ensure we have the highest quality faculty and staff to meet the current and future needs of the College.
  • SI 3: Re-engineer and strengthen the graduate and professional programs.
  • SI 4: Position the BPH for continued success and to be one of the most sought after public health programs in the nation.
  • SI 5: Increase giving for long-term financial sustainability and success.
  • SI 6: Collaborate with stakeholders, communities, and the public to solve population health problems.


Academic Excellence

Provide comprehensive competency-based education to ensure graduates are prepared to address public health problems efficiently and effectively.


Measure, be good stewards of, and be accountable to internal and external constituencies for the education, research and service provided by members of the College of Public Health.

Community Engagement

Use the expertise and resources of the College to empower citizens and mobilize communities to improve public health.


Develop a culture of learning in the College characterized by open communication, tolerance, inclusiveness, collegiality, and civility that prepares students to participate in public health initiatives.

Educational Opportunity

Be inclusive in recruiting a diverse faculty, student body, and staff to serve better the public health needs of all population groups.

Organizational Cohesion

Create and nurture an organizational culture that emphasizes openness and collaboration in its governance and daily activities.

Trans-disciplinary Discovery

Facilitate the conduct of rigorous transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research to address complex public health issues and problems.


Commit to a culture characterized by honesty, transparency, and ethical behavior that pervades all its relationships and activities.