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Doctoral Programs

Doctor of Public Health

The DrPH is a terminal professional degree preparing graduates for public health senior leadership positions. To be eligible for admission to the DrPH an applicant must have a Master of Public Health, a Master of Science in Public Health, or an equivalent degree. Examples of equivalent degrees are programs related to public health, such as the Master of Arts in Communications, Master of Health Administration or the Master of Science in Nursing. Other Master’s degrees may be appropriate, and inquiries should be directed to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. All applicants must have coursework equivalent to the five core courses in the MPH curriculum. Those applications not meeting the preparation requirements will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The PhD program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Kentucky is intended to prepare professionals for a career in conducting population-based research and clinical trials. This is a unique program which strongly emphasizes the acquisition of applied skills in the complementary fields of epidemiology and biostatistics, as well as the theoretical foundations of these disciplines. Graduates of this program will be prepared to address the practical challenges of conducting population-based and clinical, translational research in the multidisciplinary work environments of academia, government, and industry. The essentially strong cross-training and mentoring nature of the program is intended to develop independent researchers who will be skilled in designing and conducting studies as well as analyzing, and interpreting the results from an increasing variety of designs and databases in the public health and medical research domains.

Doctor of Philosophy in Gerontology

The Doctor of Philosophy in Gerontology (PhD in GRN) at the University of Kentucky is an interdisciplinary, campus-wide degree coordinated by the Graduate Center for Gerontology within the College of Public Health.  The degree is supported by and benefits from a robust cadre of full-time campus faculty resources drawn from multiple campus academic units in disciplines that range from the bench to social sciences. The presence of core curriculum content in population health and epidemiology makes this degree unique among aging/gerontology graduate programs found elsewhere in the nation. Upon completion of the program, our graduates are prepared to pursue academic careers in research, teaching, and service, as well as employment in the public and private sectors.