College of Public Health students graduating

Office of Workforce Development and Community Engagement

The University of Kentucky is the Commonwealth's public, land-grant university with a mission to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care. As Kentucky's flagship institution, the University plays a critical leadership role by promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being.

As a component of Kentucky’s land-grant institution, the Mission of the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky is to apply comprehensive health approaches to understand better and to help reduce the burdens and disparities of health problems on individuals, families, and communities.

A core characteristic of the College of Public Health is a commitment to creating outcomes and products addressing public health problems, reflecting excellence in discovery, outreach, learning, service, community engagement, and leadership.  The College of Public Health is also committed to empowering citizens and mobilizing communities to improve public health through its expertise and resources and being accountable to internal and external constituencies for the education, research, and service provided by members of the College of Public Health.

About the Office of Workforce Development and Community Engagement:

The Office of Workforce Development and Community Engagement serves to coordinate the efforts of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, other Kentucky public health education programs, and the public health practice community throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We strive to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as public health practitioners. We hope to meet the needs of the community by offering innovative solutions to public health issues, as well as by making existing resources available and building collaborations among various individuals, centers, departments, community agencies, and other universities. The public health workforce of today faces tremendous time challenges that may prevent professional development; therefore, we offer learning through both distance and face-to-face education. Our goal is to improve access to training, education, resources, and to improve partnerships across the state and the region to facilitate a culture of learning communities that further our public health objectives and the health of populations.

Message from the Associate Dean for Workforce Development and Community Engagement:

The Office of Workforce Development and Community Engagement supports the College's mission by conducting activities to improve the health of the citizens of the Commonwealth and their communities by partnering with academia, organizations, and stakeholders to provide educational, research, and training opportunities to individuals and communities throughout Kentucky to meet their life-long learning and professional education needs.  I invite you to learn more about our work within our practice-based centers and programs.

Current Activities:

  • Provides high quality online and face-to-face courses for the public health workforce
  • Works with university and community partners to bridge academia and practice
  • Coordinates and disseminates practice-based research
  • Provides technical assistance and facilitation to communities for a variety of activities, including assessing community health needs and planning for community health improvement
  • Supports and encourages the development of skills of the public health workforce