College of Public Health students graduating


Students will complete a minimum of 31 credit hours of study. The core curriculum consists of 13 hours comprising five courses, two each in epidemiology and biostatistics, and a one-credit-hour course that will serve as a broad introduction to public health. Students will also complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of electives. In addition, a three-credit-hour practicum in mentored research and three credit hours of thesis research are required.

Course Number Course Title Description Credit Hours
Core curriculum (13 hours)
CPH 605 Introduction to Epidemiology This is an initial graduate level course in the principles of epidemiology and applications in preventive medicine and environmental health. The course consists of lectures and informal discussions. Principles and methods of epidemiologic research with a focus on issues of study design and analysis will be presented. 3
STA 580 Biostatistics I Descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, paired and unpaired tests, ANOVA, contingency tables, log rank test, and regression with biostatistics applications. 3
CPH 712 Advanced Epidemiology This course provides specialized epidemiologic content and method designed to meet the research and practice needs of health professionals. Practice-based problem sets and hands-on computer assignments will complement this seminar-oriented course, focusing on the role of epidemiology in the prevention of disease and injury. 3
CPH 630 Biostatistics II Students will learn statistical methods used in public health studies. This includes receiver operator curves, multiple regression logistic regression, confounding and stratification, the Mantel-Haenszel procedure, and the Cox proportional hazardous model. Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours per week. 3
CPH 701 Current Topics in Public Health A survey seminar course for students in M.S. and PhD programs in the College of Public Health. The course introduces broad concepts on the role, responsibilities, structure, funding etc of public health. While all core areas of public health will be introduced special attention will be given to health behavior/behavioral health, environmental health and health policy/management. 1
Electives (12 hours – selections to be approved by the DGS)
CPH 665 Ethical Issues in Clinical Research Based on NIH guidelines for Responsible Conduct of Research, this course presents ethical and regulatory guidelines for conducting clinical research. 3
CPH 664 Biostatistics in Clinical Trials This course will introduce the fundamental concepts used in the design of Phase IV clinical trials and statistical methodology associated with trial data analysis. 3
CPH 612 Infectious Disease Epidemiology The theory/concepts of infectious diseases epidemiology, such as epidemic modeling expostulated through a systematic study of the more recent emerging diseased. 3
CPH 616 Cardiovascular Epidemiology This course is designed to study and evaluate the broad array of epidemiologic studies on cardiovascular disease and the impact on prevention policy. 3
CPH 618 Epidemiology of Aging This course introduces the application of epidemiologic methods to the study of older persons. 3
CPH 631 Design and Analysis of Health Surveys Students will learn design and analysis issues associated with well-known national health surveys,including reliability and validity of measurements, instrument validation, sampling designs, weighing of responses, and multiple imputations. Students will learn how to use statistical software to analyze data from complex survey designs. 3
CPH 636 Data Mining This course concerns statistical techniques for and practical issues associated with the exploration of large public health data sets, the development of models from such data sets, and the effective communication of one's findings. 3
CPH 647 Research Methods This course provides the student with basic knowledge about the design and analysis of research in the field of health behavior. The theory, design, applications, and analytic strategies used for various types of research are presented in a sequential format. Goals of the course include: 1) gaining the ability to critically evaluate research in health behavior 2) achieving competence in research methodology, and 3) understanding the conceptual application of analytic techniques to data. 3
CPH 711 Chronic Disease Epidemiology A survey course on the leading chronic diseases in the U.S., including cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes with focus on surveillance and risk factors. 3
CPH 718 Molecular Epidemiology Principles of molecular epidemiology, cancer prevention and control. This course serves as a Special Topics Elective in the College of Public Health and is designed primarily for graduate public health students with professional interests in molecular epidemiology as this topic relates to cancer prevention and control. This course also is appropriate for students in other related health professions (i.e., medicine, nursing, pharmacy) and the biological sciences. 3
CPH 669 / BSC 731 Methods and Technologies in Clinical Translational Research This course is an introductory graduate level course intended for students pursuing focused research training in clinical and translational science. 3
CPH 670 / BSC 732 Interdisciplinary Protocol Development This graduate level course is intended for students pursuing focused research training in clinical and translational science to develop an understanding of and appreciation for the elements of leadership and teamwork in clinical and translational research. 2
CPH 671 / BSC 733 Seminar in Clinical and Translational Science This seminar course is designed to orient students to clinical and translational research community and activities at the University of Kentucky and to incorporate a multidisciplinary cooperative approach to clinical and translational research. Students are expected to apply their knowledge of effective scientific communication, responsible conduct of research, and methods and technologies of clinical & translational science to ongoing discussions. 1
Mentored Research and Master’s Thesis (Plan A)
CPH 779 Independent Studies in Public Health: Mentored Research Designed for advanced students with research or special study interests in Public Health. Students are under guidance and confer individually with faculty. 3
CPH 778 Special Topics in Public Health: Thesis Research This course will engage in reading, projects, lectures and/or discussions to address current topics of special interest or concern in public health. 3
31 total credit hours