The DrPH is a terminal professional degree preparing graduates for public health senior leadership positions. It is designed as a school-wide advanced degree and will require a minimum of 63 semester hours of course work beyond the Master's degree. The DrPH candidate 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, or the Master of Science in Nursing along with course work equivalent to the five basic core courses in the MPH Curriculum. Students who have not met the requirement of completing masters degree introductory level courses in each of the five core areas must do so on a non credit basis, with a minimum grade of "B", prior to enrolling in the first doctoral course in each discipline. Students will complete a curriculum spanning the five core areas of concentration offered by the College of Public Health. Typically, a full-time student will require three years beyond the Master‘s degree to complete the program. The program is designed to accommodate non-traditional, working, and part-time students. The curriculum specifies prerequisite introductory courses in each of the five core areas of public health (Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Health Behavior, and Public Health Management and Policy). All DrPH Course work begins at a higher level and assumes introductory level knowledge of this content.
The MHA degree program is designed to provide graduate level education to individuals who, after appropriate managerial experience, are capable of assuming senior leadership positions in a variety of health services organizations. Examples include health systems, hospitals, physician practices, ambulatory clinics, community health centers, government and other public sector providers, the health insurance industry, long-term care and mental health providers. An applicant must have a bachelor's degree to be considered for admission to the program. Prerequisite requirements are courses in basic accounting and basic economics.
The University of Kentucky Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program was established in 1989 and has been continuously accredited since 1994. The program has more than 300 alumni who are working in healthcare organizations in Kentucky, 31 states, and abroad.
The MHA Program was integrated into the College of Public Health in 2010. In 2012, the Program was awarded seven-year re-accreditation, the maximum allowed by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.
The Department of Public Health Management and Policy offers a concentration in Health Services Management. This program is designed to prepare students for mid-level and senior-level administrative positions. Graduates also work within communities and agencies by providing leadership to protect and improve the health of the public at the population and community levels by identifying policy issues and assisting policy makers in the creation of laws and regulations. The MPH degree is an entry level professional degree and students will engage in a multi-disciplinary approach, which will include developing a broad knowledge of public health practice through completion of five core courses (biostatistics, occupational and environmental health, epidemiology, health services management, and health behavior). Thus the degree focuses on developing effective public health leaders who will address entire populations and not on the individual patient. Concentrators in HSM develop additional expertise in management, finance, and policy.
Each student will complete advanced courses in health services management including two required courses and four selected additional advanced course from the “HSM Selectives” list based on their interests and their faculty advisors’ recommendations. As a MPH candidate students will complete a total of 200 hours of field practicum experience (CPH 609) that will be individually designed to complement each student’s career interests. The MPH Capstone (CPH 608) will be directed by a graduate faculty member in the Department of Public Health Management and Policy as well as the other capstone committee members.