Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2006

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, Environmental 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 35 credit hours of study for completion. All students must complete a minimum of 15-18 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 ext. 82096, send e-mail to ukcph@uky.edu, or go to < www.mc.uky.edu/KYSPH>.

GRADUATE COURSES

CPH 535 DATABASES AND SAS PROGRAMMING (3)

CPH 601 OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (3)

CPH 602 OVERVIEW OF THE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM (3)

CPH 604 PUBLIC HEALTH AND DISEASE PREVENTION (3)

CPH 605 EPIDEMIOLOGY (3)

CPH 609 PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICUM (3-6)

CPH 610 INJURY EPIDEMIOLOGY & CONTROL (3)

CPH 611 ADVANCED EPIDEMIOLOGY (3)

CPH 612 INFECTIOUS/EMERGING DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY (3)

CPH 614 MANAGERIAL EPIDEMIOLOGY (3)

CPH 616 CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY (3)

CPH 617 ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCCUPATIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY (3)

CPH 618 EPIDEMIOLOGY OF AGING (3)

CPH 620 OCCUPATIONAL & ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH II (3)

CPH 630 BIOSTATISTICS II (3)

CPH 631 DESIGN & ANALYSIS OF HEALTH SURVEYS (3)

CPH 632 MIXED MODELS IN PUBLIC HEALTH (3)

CPH 636 DATA MINING IN PUBLIC HEALTH (3)

CPH 646 SPEC TOPS IN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH (3)

CPH 649 INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN HEALTH BEHAVIOR (3)

CPH 650 MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS (3)

CPH 652 FINANCE MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH CARE PUBLIC HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS (3)

CPH 657 MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING FOR HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS (3)

CPH 658 PUBLIC HEALTH ECONOMICS (3)

CPH 661 BIOETHICS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONS (3)

CPH 662 PUBLIC HEALTH RESPONSE TO TERRORISM, DISASTERS (3)

CPH 664 DESIGN & ANALYSIS OF CLINICAL TRIALS (3)

CPH 665 ETHICAL ISSUES IN CLINICAL RESEARCH (3)

CPH 666 PRACTICUM IN CLINICAL RESEARCH I (3)

CPH 667 PRACTICUM IN CLINICAL RESEARCH II (3)

CPH 668 PRACTICUM IN CLINICAL RESEARCH III (3)

CPH 695 PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE THROUGH SERVICE LEARNING (3)

CPH 711 CHRONIC DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY (3)

CPH 712 PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR IN EPIDEMIOLOGY (3)

CPH 718 SPECIAL TOPICS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY (1-3)

CPH 719 INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN EPIDEMIOLOGY (1-3)

CPH 728 SPEC TOPS IN OCCUPATIONAL/ENVIRONMENTAL (1-3)

CPH 729 INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN OCCUPATIONAL/ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (1-3)

CPH 738 SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOSTATISTICS (1-3)

CPH 739 INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN BIOSTATISTICS (1-3)

CPH 750 LEGAL BASIS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH (3)

CPH 758 SPECIAL TOPICS IN HEALTH SERVICES MANAGEMENT (1-3)

CPH 759 INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN HEALTH SERVICES MANAGEMENT (1-3)

CPH 768 RESEARCH CREDIT MASTER DEGREE (1-3)

CPH 778 SPEC TOPS IN PUBLIC HEALTH (1-3)

CPH 779 INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN PUBLIC HEALTH 1-3)

HSM 635 MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING FOR HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS (3)

PM 651 WORKPLACE VENTILATION (3)

PM 662 PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE AND ADMINISTRATION (3)

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

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