Dr. Ty Borders receives UI College of Public Health 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award

Posted: September 18, 2020

Dr. Ty Borders, University of Kentucky College of Nursing professor and director of the Rural and Underserved Health Research Center, was recently named by the University of Iowa College of Public Health as one of their 2020 Outstanding Alumni.  

Dr. Borders received a Master of Arts degree in hospital and health administration in 1995, a Doctor of Philosophy degree in hospital and health administration in 1999, and a Master of Science degree in epidemiology in 2001, all from the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes UI College of Public Health alumni who have made distinguished contributions to the field of public health and demonstrated a strong interest and commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the college.

College of Public Health alumni awards are presented in two categories: graduates within the past ten years who have achieved important and promising accomplishments and have exceptional potential for future success, and other alumni for accomplishments throughout their careers who have attained widespread recognition and respect for significant contributions in their field.

About Dr. Borders

Ty Borders, PhD, MA, MS, currently serves as a professor in the College of Nursing and director of the Rural and Underserved Health Research Center at the University of Kentucky. Previously, he held faculty positions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Public Health and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine.

Borders is a nationally recognized leader in the field of rural health and has served as editor of The Journal of Rural Health for the past 11 years. He was appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, which advises the US Secretary of Health and Human Services.

His research contributions to substance abuse issues in rural areas have helped to shape rural health policy. He has published numerous high-impact, peer-reviewed articles focused on rural/urban, racial, and ethnic variations in health-related quality of life, consumer reports of care, and health care access. He has served as principal investigator on numerous grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.