Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2005

PUBLIC HEALTH

A defining characteristic of the area of public health is its focus on population groups rather than individuals. Public health professionals are concerned with the health of communities, relying heavily on collaboration with local, state, and national entities to improve the health status of their targeted populations. With the current interest in health care reform, bioterrorism and preparedness, concerns over managed care, and other factors impacting the nation's health care system, the need for highly trained public health professionals is increasing.  The College of Public Health offers the Master of Public Health degree. The M.P.H. is an applied professional/graduate degree designed for highly motivated students who either have either a previously earned professional degree or a baccalaureate degree and substantial interest in public health. Unique sequencing of courses, community-based program activities, and field/laboratory research provide students with multiple opportunities to define their course of study in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmamtal Health and Preventive Medicine, Health Behavior, or Health Services Management. The M.P.H. degree is designed to prepare graduates for entry and advancement in public health careers in public, non-profit and proprietary health care organizations. The schedule of courses is developed to meet the needs of non-traditional and part-time students as well as full-time students. Most courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening, meeting one day per week.  A limited number of Internet and interactive video courses are currently available for distance education.

Professionals with the M.P.H. hold important roles in a variety of public and private settings, e.g., local, state, and national health departments, health care facilities, social service agencies, private industry, universities, and community-centered health education facilities. In these positions, they can be involved directly with the development, implementation and assessment of efforts to improve the health of the public and prevention of disease.  The curriculum is designed to provide skills and knowledge upon which to build or enhance a career in public health. Unique sequencing of courses, community-based program activities, and field/laboratory research provide students with multiple opportunities to define their public health specialty and provide a broad overview of the disciplines of public health. The degree requirements include a core curriculum in epidemiology, environmental/occupational health, health behavior, health services management, and biostatistics along with a separate M.P.H. course concentration in each of these five areas, elective course work, a field practicum in the community, a public health agency, a government agency, or related setting, and an integrative capstone project.

The Master of Public Health degree requires a minimum of 34 to 37 credit hours of study for completion. All students must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of required core course work and 12 to 16 hours of specialty work in one of the five areas of concentration. In addition, three to six semester hours of field practicum experience are required, depending on previous professional experience in public health or related areas. A dual degree M.D./M.P.H. is currently available and additional dual degrees are under development.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the M.P.H. program is competitive, and consideration is given to undergraduate grade point average (GPA), experience/service activities, and career plans. Applicants must also have achieved an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

Applicants must complete and submit the separate M.P.H. Supplemental Application form (<www.mc.uky.edu/publichealth/>), a one- to two-page personal statement regarding their interest in the field of public health, background and experiences, career plans, and how they relate to the degree. Three letters of recommendation must also be submitted.

As an interdisciplinary degree, the M.P.H. curriculum utilizes an array of courses offered by other university departments including Environmental Science, Statistics, Behavioral Science, and Communications.

For additional information concerning the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and its degrees, call (859) 257-5678, send e-mail to kysph@uky.edu, or go to < www.mc.uky.edu/KYSPH>.

GRADUATE COURSES

PM 601 OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (SAME AS SPH 601) (4)

PM 602 OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (4)

PM 620 EPIDEMIOLOGY (SAME AS SPH 605) (3)

PM 621 TOPICS IN ADVANCED EPIDEMIOLOGY (3)

PM 651 WORK PLACE VENTILATION (3)

PM 661 INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE SAMPLING (3)

PM 662 PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE AND ADMINISTRATION (3)

PM 663 PRACTICUM IN ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE (1-3)

PM 670 CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY (SAME AS SPH 815) (3)

PM 675 RESEARCH DESIGN IN PUBLIC HEALTH (4)

PM 676 WOMEN'S HEALTH: A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE (SAME AS NUR 676) (3)

PM 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)

PM 768 RESIDENCY CREDIT FOR MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)

PM 770 SEMINAR IN PREVENTIVE MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH (1-3)

PM 780 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN PREVENTIVE MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH (1-3)

PM 790 RESEARCH IN PREVENTIVE MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH (1-3)

SPH 601 OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (SAME AS PM 601) (4)

SPH 602 OVERVIEW OF THE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM (SAME AS HA/HSM 601/PA 671) (3)

SPH 605 EPIDEMIOLOGY (SAME AS PM 620) (3)

SPH 666 PRACTICUM IN CLINICAL RESEARCH I (1)

SPH 667 PRACTICUM IN CLINICAL RESEARCH II (1)

SPH 668 PRACTICUM IN CLINICAL RESEARCH III (1)

HSM 510 ORGANIZATION OF THE LONG-TERM CARE SECTOR (3)

HSM 511 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (1-3)

HSM 601 OVERVIEW OF THE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM (SAME AS HA 601/SPH 602/PA 671) (3)

HSM 602 ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE AND STRATEGIC PLANNING (SAME AS HA 602) (3)

HSM 603 LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (SAME AS HA 603) (2)

HSM 622 MENTAL HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (SAME AS HA 622) (3)

HSM 624 INFORMATION SYSTEM IN HEALTH CAREN SYSTEMS IN HEALTH (SAME AS HA 624) (3)

HSM 635 MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING FOR HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS (SAME AS HA 635) (3)

HSM 636 HEALTH ECONOMICS (3)

HSM 637 HEALTH FINANCE (SAME AS PA/HA/FIN 637/SPH 852) (3)

HSM 660 DECISION MAKING IN HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS (SAME AS HA 660) (3)

HSM 711 PRACTICUM IN HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (SAME AS HA 711) (3)

HSM 775 SPECIAL TOPICS IN HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (SAME AS PA/HA 775) (1-3)

HSM 785 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (SAME AS PA/ HA 785) (1-3)

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