College of Public Health

Public Health


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Jennifer Strange

Director of Undergraduate Advising

Office of Student Engagement and Academic Success

College of Public Health

College of Public Health

111 Washington Ave, Suite 120

Lexington, KY 40536

Program website

(859) 323-5998

  • BPH

This program is for the student interested in positively impacting the health of people and communities. Public Health focuses on populations with an integrated approach of identifying behaviors that affect health; preventing disease and premature death; promoting healthcare equity, quality and accessibility; and transforming healthcare systems.


Grow Your Future

The Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) gives students a unique knowledge base, allowing them to apply for many entry-level jobs in government, non-profit organizations, international health organizations, and more. The BPH is a great fit for students interested in careers in:

  • Health Communication
  • Health Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Assessment
  • Health Analytics
  • Health Management
  • Health Policy
  • Local, State, or Federal Public Health System (i.e. local and state health departments or agencies, CDC, NIH, WHO, etc.)
  • Data Visualization
  • Global Health

A BPH degree also allows for students to graduate in four years while completing all prerequisites for professional programs such as:

  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physical Therapy
  • Law
  • And more!
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Classes & Requirements

What You'll Study

The BPH program has four overall student learning outcomes. In order to demonstrate achievement of these outcomes, the BPH program faculty have developed competencies which students demonstrate through coursework and a culminating experience.

Students will...

  • demonstrate knowledge of public health from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • show competency in ethical issues, social responsibility, and problem solving using evidence-based concepts in core public health areas
  • show competency in relationship-building and team dynamics to plan and promote public health and reduce health disparities
  • apply theories and concepts to communicate the interconnectedness among the physical, social, and environmental aspects of population health

Complete Student Learning Outcomes

UK Core Requirements

See the UK Core section of the current Undergraduate Bulletin for the complete UK Core requirements. Some courses required for the BPH degree also fulfill UK Core areas. Students should work closely with their advisor to complete the UK Core requirements.

Premajor Requirements

Students entering the University of Kentucky will enroll as a pre-BPH student and must meet certain requirements before joining the BPH major. The pre-major requirements include:

  • BIO 103 Basic Ideas of Biology (or higher)--3 hours
  • BST 230 Statistical Literacy in Public Health--3 hours
  • CLA 131 Medical Terminology from Greek & Latin--3 hours
  • CPH 201 Introduction to Public Health--3 hours
  • GRN 250 Aging in Today’s World--3 hours
  • MA 111 Introduction to Contemporary Math (or higher)--3 hours

Pre-major Hours: 18

Note: To apply for the BPH major, students must have:

  • Earned a grade of B or better in CPH 201;
  • A minimum of a 3.0 grade-point average on pre-major course requirements;
  • A minimum of a 2.75 cumulative grade-point average on all college work attempted as computed by the Registrar’s Office.

Major Requirements

In addition to the pre-requisites to be admitted to the Bachelor of Public Health program, students will need to complete 120 credit hours of course work to complete their Bachelor of Public Health degree.

Required Public Health Courses

CPH 310 Disease Detectives: Epidemiology in Action
CPH 320 Foundations of Environmental Health
CPH 330 Health Analytics I
CPH 350 Introduction to Health Care Organization and Policy
CPH 440 Foundations of Health Behavior
CPH 455 Public Health Practice and Communication
CPH 476G A Sick World: Global Public Health
CPH 255 Public Health: Careers for a Healthy World

Public Health Electives (choose 5)

No more than 2 at the 200-299 level
CPH 202 Public Health through Popular Film
CPH 203 Sexual Health
CPH 241 Health and Society: A Global Perspective

No more than 2 at the 300-394 level
CPH 309 Health, History, and Human Diversity
CPH 315 Chronic Disease Epidemiology
CPH 318 Global Cancer Epidemiology
CPH 345 Food Fight: Public Health and Nutrition
CPH 351 Population Health and Crisis Management
CPH 352 Public Health and Social Media
CPH 365 Special Topics in Public Health

Unlimited from the 395-level or above
CPH 395 Independent Studies in Public Health
CPH 423 The Health of Kentuckians
CPH 441 Tobacco and the Public’s Health
CPH 450 Managing Health Services Orgs to Improve Population Health

Capstone course - required:

After attaining junior status, students must complete a capstone course, which also satisfies the Graduation Writing Requirement.

CPH 470 Public Health Capstone
NOTE: Students must earn a grade of C or better in all Major Requirement courses.

Additional Courses

Choose 9 hours in social science courses at the 200+ level. These courses are generally chosen from the following departments: ANT, GEO, SOC.

Choose 6 hours in natural or physical science courses at the 200+ level. These courses are generally chosen from the following departments: ANA, BIO, CHE, PGY, PHA, PHY.


Choose electives to lead to the minimum total of 120 hours required for graduation.  

In addition to the public health coursework, students will need to complete 30 hours of their UK Core requirements in order to graduate.  For more information, please visit the UK Core Web site

Total Minimum Hours Required for Degree = 120

Imagine Your Future

Health Educators and Community Health Workers

Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. Community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations or communities.

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Health educators and community health workers work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nonprofit organizations, government, doctors’ offices, private businesses, and colleges. They generally work full time.

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Enhancing Your Time at UK

There are countless ways to “see blue” on campus, but the best way to maximize your journey at the University of Kentucky is by engaging in an Education Abroad opportunity.

This will allow you to gain a global perspective and enhance future employability. As you take the first step towards investing in your future, we encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities UK has to offer. Take a look at some of the options UK Education Abroad & Exchanges office suggests to complement your major!

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Jennifer Strange

Director of Undergraduate Advising

Office of Student Engagement and Academic Success

College of Public Health

College of Public Health

111 Washington Ave, Suite 120

Lexington, KY 40536

(859) 323-5998