Human Health Sciences

Research has shown African-American women have disproportionately higher rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors compared to their white counterparts. Low-income African American women are at an even higher risk for poor CVD outcomes because of social and economic barriers that make it difficult to attain a heart-healthy lifestyle. 

Human Health Sciences

In today’s competitive health care landscape, it’s more important than ever for health sciences students to receive a dynamic education steeped in clinical knowledge and hands-on experiences. That’s why our Bachelor of Science in Human Health Sciences is one of our fastest-growing degree programs. An HHS degree provides you with a comprehensive look at health care practices, a solid foundation in basic science, and robust opportunities to engage in real-world clinical experiences.

Human Health Sciences

Madison Ford, a senior human health sciences (HHS) major and student ambassador, is planning to use the valuable lessons she has learned in the College of Health Sciences as she works towards her dream of becoming a physician assistant (PA). 

Human Health Sciences

Kyoko Hamagata, a junior human health sciences major and student ambassador, is planning to use her College of Health Sciences education to help underserved Kentucky populations. 

Hamagata moved to Lexington during her freshman year of high school and has loved living in Kentucky since then. She wants to give back to a community that has given her so much, and hopes to do this by moving to Pikeville to practice health care.

Human Health Sciences

LaToya Walker is comfortable with making the unfamiliar, familiar. The human health sciences senior and student ambassador has been exposed to many different cultures throughout her life, and she hopes to blend these experiences by becoming a physician assistant and pursuing medical missions. She’s also passionate about ensuring all students in the College of Health Sciences have a voice in their educational journey.  

Human Health Sciences

Parisa ShamaeiZadeh, a human health sciences senior and UK College of Health Sciences student ambassador, has seen firsthand how cultural differences can shape health care outcomes. Now, she wants to study how the intersection of cultural/community health with individual health can impact a variety of populations facing adverse circumstances. 

Human Health Sciences

There are two things you need to know about Katie Reed—a human health sciences major and University of Kentucky student athlete. One: softball is a significant part of her world, and two: she absolutely hated going to the dentist as a child. Number one hasn’t changed but the soon-to-be graduate’s opinions on dentistry are quite different. So different, in fact, that Reed now aspires to become a dentist herself. 

Human Health Sciences

Not every person’s passion is realized in an all-consuming epiphany; in fact, for human health sciences junior Emily Appel, her grand moment of revelation happened in the back of her mother’s car on the way to a college fair. 

Human Health Sciences

Human health sciences (HHS) major Amina Nouri is no stranger to persistence. During the many hours she spends in the lab each week, she is faced with countless frustrations and triumphs. “One day you’ll run the perfect experiment with the perfect results,” she said. “But, when you try to reproduce it, it just doesn’t happen. You might repeat the experiment four or five times before you get the results you want.” 

Human Health Sciences

Service is ingrained into the very fiber of the health care professions, and no one knows this better than Karen O. Skaff, RDH, PhD. Since 2015, a diverse group of human health sciences students led by Skaff board a bus headed for New Orleans, LA, and Appalachian counties of Kentucky, ready to give more of themselves to assist communities in need.

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