College of Public Health students graduating


Posted: June 5, 2018

The populations of many Appalachian communities have high rates of unhealthy body weight, but the residents of the region differ from non-Appalachians in their beliefs about behavioral causes of obesity. A study by researchers at the National Cancer Institute, Santa Clara University, and the University of Kentucky aimed to identify differences in beliefs about obesity between Appalachians and non-Appalachians. The resulting publication appears in Public Health Reports.


Posted: June 5, 2018

Occupational illnesses are inadequately reported for agriculture, an industry dominated by a vulnerable Hispanic population and high fatal and nonfatal injury rates. Work-related illnesses can contribute to missed work, caused by a combination of personal and work factors, with costs to the individual, employer, and society.


To better understand agricultural occupational illnesses a team at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health interviewed 225 Hispanic horse industry workers selected via community-based convenience sampling. The resulting publication appears in the Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health.


Posted: June 5, 2018

Via UKNow. 

By Olivia Ramirez
Photo by Hilary Brown

Posted: June 4, 2018

The College of Public Health congratulates four faculty members who have received promotion, including two new full professors and two associate professors with tenure. All appointments are effective as of July 1, 2018.

Heather Bush, PhD

Department of Biostatistics          

Promoted to Full Professor (tenured)

Posted: May 30, 2018

The Association of University Programs in Health Administration​ (AUPHA) will award the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators to Dr. HeFei Wen, assistant professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. She will receive the Prize at the AUPHA Annual Meeting June 12 - 15 in Philadelphia.


Posted: May 23, 2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans living in rural areas are more likely to die of cancer than their counterparts in urban settings, which sets them apart from the many communities nationwide that have experienced a 20 percent decrease in cancer mortality over the past two decades.1,2 In Appalachia, the cancer picture is bleaker than in other rural parts of the country.

Posted: May 18, 2018

Cancer continuously ranks among the top ten leading causes of death in the United States. The burden of cancer is particularly elevated in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its 54-county Appalachian region, where cancer is the leading cause of death. Kentucky's high rates of cancer have been attributed to a wide range of socioeconomic, behavioral, environmental, and policy influences, resulting in numerous disparities.


Posted: May 17, 2018

Researchers from the UK Rural & Underserved Health Research Center presented last week at the National Rural Health Association Annual Conference.


Posted: May 17, 2018

Dr. Katie Cardarelli, associate professor of Health, Behavior & Society, recently attended a CDC grantee meeting in Minneapolis, where she presented findings from a CDC-funded project aimed at reducing obesity in counties with a 40 percent or higher prevalence of adult obesity.

Kentucky has six counties that meet the project criteria. Investigators are using policy, systems, and environmental approaches to “make the healthy choice the easy choice. “

Posted: May 16, 2018

Essential hypertension is a common, complex disorder affecting as many as one billion adults globally. Blood pressure is a highly heritable trait, with as much as 50 percent of the variation between individuals accounted for by familial relationships. Despite this strong heritability, determining the genetic architecture of hypertension in humans has proved challenging.