College of Public Health students graduating


Posted: May 10, 2018

Use of potentially inappropriate medications (PIM) among people with dementia is common. A multi-site team of investigators have assessed the patterns of medication use from 1-year before dementia diagnosis, to 1-year after dementia diagnosis, compared with patterns of medication use in people without dementia. Their results appear in The Journals of Gerontology.  


Posted: May 7, 2018

The UK College of Public Health honored outstanding students and faculty at a reception and awards ceremony held May 4, 2018, in conjunction with University of Kentucky Commencement. The honorees are:


UK Commencement Speaker:

Esias Bedingar, BPH

College of Public Health Awards Speakers:

Rachel Brase, BPH, CPH Awa Ethan Trey Cardwell, MPH Maria Dimitrios Politis, DrPH

Student Awards:

Posted: May 1, 2018

From 2002 to 2005, about 800 people in Minnesota and Utah drank more than 1,500 milkshakes, and they got to say they were doing it for science.

Donna Arnett, professor of Epidemiology and dean of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, is principal investigator of the multi-site Genetics of Lipid-lowering Drugs and Diet Network (GOLDN) study. Some GOLDN participants have been enrolled for the past 25 years, in the name of helping researchers better understand cardiovascular risks. This time they were helping scientists determine how genes influence cholesterol levels after high-fat meals and how genes affect the response to a medication for lowering triglyceride and bad cholesterol.

Posted: April 23, 2018

Increased opioid analgesic prescribing (OAP) has been associated with increased risk of prescription opioid diversion, misuse, and abuse. A team including investigators at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health (CPH) studied regional and rural-urban variations in OAP trends in Kentucky, from 2012 to 2015, and examined potential county-level risk and protective factors.

Posted: April 19, 2018

Five student researchers and one faculty member earned awards at College of Public Health Research Day, held April 13 in conjunction with the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science Conference. They are:


Oral Presentation Winner: Radmila Choate, PhD student in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, for “Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Impact on Severity of Bronchiectasis.”


Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Rhodus, PhD student in Gerontology, for “Behaviors Characteristic of Autism Spectrum Disorder in a Geriatric Cohort with Mild Cognitive Impairment of Early Dementia.”


Posted: April 19, 2018

On April 6, 2018, the Beta Gamma chapter of Delta Omega, the honorary in public health, welcomed 20 new members. Dr. Julia Costich, chapter president, presided as - for the first time ever - Beta Gamma welcomed undergraduate majors in Public Health alongside graduate students, faculty, and alumni. The 2018 inductees to Delta Omega are:




Riley Krieg      

Kathleen Roggemann

Alexa Sturgill  

McKayla Hamlin        

Joshua Musalia          

Posted: April 17, 2018

Is there a genetic cause underlying the epidemic of obesity and metabolic syndrome, particularly among African Americans? An interdisciplinary team led by Dr.

Posted: April 12, 2018

A pair of reports from the Rural and Underserved Health Research Center  at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health shed new light on the scope of practice of rural family physicians.


Posted: April 3, 2018

Alternative methods of pain management have been a topic of discussion as the United States grapples with the opioid and heroin epidemic. The legalization of cannabis has often been suggested as a possible alternative but little scientific research existed examining the relationship between cannabis laws and rates of opioid prescribing.

Posted: April 3, 2018

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Board of Health has selected Svetla Slavova, PhD, of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health as the 2018 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. The winner is announced each April as part of National Public Health Week (April 2-8, 2018).