Ty Borders

Ty Borders PhD, FACE

Dr. Borders is a leading expert on rural health services research and policy in the U.S.  He serves as Director of the federally-funded Rural and Underserved Health Research Center, 1 of only 7 rural health policy research centers, and Editor of The Journal of Rural Health, the nation's only scholarly journal focused on rural health issues.  He earned a PhD in Health Administration, MA in Health Administration, and MS in Epidemiology from the University of Iowa and a BA in Psychology from the University of Kansas.  He has received funding as PI from the NIH (NIAAA and NIDA), RWJF, AHRQ, and HRSA to investigate rural health and health services.  Dr. Borders teaches courses on applied epidemiology and research in the DNP program and welcomes the opportunity to mentor undergraduate and graduate nursing students as they complete research projects.

Dr. Borders has received the following awards: Outstanding Alumni Award for Career Achievement, University of Iowa College of Public Health; Honorary Kentucky Colonel; Excellence in Writing Award, University of Kentucky Department of Rhetoric and Writing; Faculty Research Award, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Public Health, and is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology.



Contact Information

Phone: 859-218-0108

Email: ty.borders@uky.edu

Office: Healthy Kentucky Research Building, Room 360


PhD, University of Iowa, 1999
MS, University of Iowa, 2001
MA, University of Iowa, 1995
BA, University of Kansas, 1993


Rural population health
Rural cancer services
Rural addition health services
Consumer and patient reported outcomes


Dr. Ty Borders’ CV