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.
MPH Program in Population Health Policy and Management will prepare students for careers in using administrative and policy strategies to improve population health within the transforming U.S. and global health systems. The program gives special attention to the organizational, analytic, and decision-making skills needed to work effectively across the public health and health care components of the health system to achieve greater coordination, equity, and efficiency. Graduates of the program will be prepared to assume program management, policy development, and leadership positions in a variety of settings within the health system, including: local, state, and federal public health agencies; health foundations and coalitions; policy analysis and research centers; health consulting firms; advocacy organizations. The program is also ideal for individuals preparing to pursue advanced health professional degrees and engage in interdisciplinary practice in areas such as medicine, pharmacy, nursing, allied health, and social work.