College of Public Health students graduating


Resident coursework is completed at the University of Kentucky's College of Public Health which is a fully-accredited school of public health and an active participant in the Association of Schools of Public Health. The residents' coursework depends significantly on their own interest beyond the core degree requirements. Residents may concentrate in Health Services Management, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Behavior, or Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health. Residents who have more managerial interests may take courses in management, economics, and organizational behavior. Residents may take advanced courses in biostatistics, such as regression and correlation. Courses in advanced epidemiology are also offered. All MPH instructors are members of the University of Kentucky graduate faculty.

The MPH degree requires a minimum of 42 credit hours. All students must complete 15 semester hours of required core coursework and at least 15 hours of electives in one of the five concentration areas. In addition, a three hour public health overview course (CPH 663), three hours of field practicum experience, and capstone project are required. All students are required to take three semester hours of research.

The MPH core course requirements provide a broad overview of the disciplines of public health and the basic principles of public health practice. Specialty coursework develops the skills and knowledge upon which to build or enhance a career in public health. Selective courses are available in each of the five concentration areas: Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Biostatistics, Health Behavior, and Health Services Management. The culminating experience is a research-based capstone project that requires a formal written product and a final examination presentation.

Required Core Courses:

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics I
  • Occupational/Environmental Health I
  • Management of Public Health Organizations
  • Public Health and Disease Prevention

Required Courses:

  • Public Health Practice and Administration
  • Practicum Field and CPH 608 Public Health Capstone Project MPH course requirements are typically completed with "selectives" in the residents' chosen area of concentration, such as Health Services Management. The choice of concentration is dependent on the professional interests and goals of the resident.

Examples of Selective Courses:

  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
  • Biochemical and Environmental Toxicology
  • Public Health Law and Policy
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Ecological Influences on Health Behavior
  • Health and Culture
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Decision Making in Health and Medicine