This program is for the student seeking a broad-based, scientifically grounded, and professionally-oriented foundation for impacting health. Public Health focuses on populations with an integrated approach of identifying behaviors that affect health; advocating for primary prevention of disease; promoting healthcare equity, quality and accessibility; and transforming healthcare systems.
The bachelor’s degree gives students a unique knowledge base, allowing them to apply for many entry-level jobs within public health. With a Bachelor of Public Health degree, students can apply for jobs in health departments, non-profit organizations, international health organizations, and more. Additional job opportunities include:
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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.
See the UK Core section of the 2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin for the complete UK Core requirements. The courses listed below are (a) recommended by the college, or (b) required courses that also fulfill UK Core areas. Students should work closely with their advisor to complete the UK Core 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 premajor requirements include:
Premajor Hours: 18
Note: To apply for the BPH major, students must have:
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 472 Public Health Professions and Practice
CPH 476G A Sick World: Global Public Health
Public Health Electives (choose 5)
CPH 202 Public Health through Popular Film
CPH 203 Sexual Health
CPH 318 Global Cancer Epidemiology
CPH 345 Food Fight: Public Health and Nutrition
CPH 351 Preparing for Apocalyptic Events: Crisis Mgmt & Population Health
CPH 410 Epidemiology People, Place, & Politics
CPH 423 The Health of Kentuckians
CPH 441 The Smoking Gun: 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.
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 http://www.uky.edu/ukcore/.
Total Minimum Hours Required for Degree = 120
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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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.
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