College of Public Health students graduating


As a graduate of the UK College of Public Health, you are a valued member of our college family. You provide insight for future and current students, add value to our programs, and enhance the quality of the public health workforce.

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Alumni News

  • The UK College of Public Health has selected April M. Young, PhD, as the 2015 recipient of an Outstanding Alumni Award.  Dr. Young, an assistant professor in the Epidemiology Department, graduated with her master's degree in health behavior and epidemiology from the UK College of Public Health in 2010.  A reception honoring Dr. Young will be held Friday, May 1, from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm at the Hilary J. Boone Center.  The Outstanding Alumni Award program was established in 2013 to recognize extraordinary alumni who have made outstanding contributions in public health at the local, state, and national/international level. 

  • According to a research study conducted by UK College of Public Health Associate Professor, David Fardo, PhD, alumnus Brian Downer, PhD and others, light to moderate alcohol consumption by those over the age of 60 can support better memory function.  The study, "Effects of Alcohol Consumption on Cognition and Regional Brain Volumes Among Older Adults" was recently published in the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias.

  • UK College of Public Health alumna, April Harris, MPH, CHES, has been honored by her colleagues as an innovative Quality Improvement practitioner.  The Innovative Quality Improvement Practitioner honor recognizes individuals who have championed a Quality Improvement (QI) effort and culture in their public health practice. 

  • Ashton Potter Wright, a recent graduate from the UK College of Public Health, starts work today as Lexington’s local food coordinator, a new position charged with improving connections between Cent

  • A collaborative study including Dr. Yelena Tarasenko, an assistant professor of health policy and management at Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, examines the accuracy of children's, their guardians', and health care professionals' (HCPs') perceptions of child overweight and obesity, the degree of agreement between their perceptions, and relationships with weight loss attempts among overweight or obese children.

  • The University of Kentucky College of Public Health has presented its inaugural Outstanding Alumni Award to Yousuf J. Ahmad, a 2008 doctoral graduate of the college. Dr. Ahmad will return to on February 28, 2014 to discuss leadership challenges in the changing healthcare environment.

  • Swannie Jett, a 2011 DrPH graduate, is making Black History as Seminole County's first African-American health director. Dr. Jett said, "I'm focused on solving the population health problem in Seminole County, so we'll move from being fourth in health outcomes in the state to No. 1, and we would change health behaviors, such as smoking, obesity, etc."

  • Dr. Robin Pendley, in the department of health services management and policy at East Tennessee State University College of Public Health has received a grant from the de Beaumont Foundation to study the characteristics of public health doctoral students over the past 50 years.

  • The University of Kentucky College of Public Health has presented its inaugural Outstanding Alumni Award to Yousuf J. Ahmad, a 2008 doctoral graduate of the college.