Greetings from Lexington and the University of Kentucky College of Public Health!

Established in 2004, the University of Kentucky College of Public Health is fully-accredited at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). We are proud to be home to the only CEPH-accredited Bachelor of Public Health degree in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the only Commission on Accreditation on Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)-accredited Master of Health Administration in the state, as well as programs leading to the Master of Public Health, Doctor of Public Health, Doctor of Philosophy in Gerontology, and Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Taking advantage of our location on the central UK campus, we offer joint degrees with the UK Colleges of Law, Pharmacy, and Medicine; we also offer graduate certificates in conjunction with partners including the College of Engineering and the Gatton College of Business. Our course offerings are designed to support the future leaders, scholars, and practitioners who will champion public health into the 21st century.

The College is also deeply invested in research. In FY 2017, projects led by our faculty received $12.7 million from the National Institutes of Health to tackle tough issues including cancer, opioid addiction, and health disparities in rural communities. Our faculty members partner with colleagues across the UK campus, as well as at other research-intensive universities. Being a student in our College means having the opportunity to collaborate with some of the top public health researchers in the nation. 

We are one of 61—as of August 2018—CEPH-accredited schools of public health who share a common mission to improve population health across the nation and around the world through our teaching, research and service. The faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the College are committed to making a difference in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond. We take seriously our responsibility to prepare the next cadre of public health champions. 

With an emphasis on inclusive excellence, we are committed to making our work and learning community positive, fair, and diverse. One of our many strengths is the supportive, collegial environemtn provided for students to study and grow professionally. If you would like to know more about our College, and what a future in public health may hold for you, I encourage you to reach out to our recruitment staff. I hope you will visit us in Lexington to see what is truly special about the UK College of Public Health.


Donna K. Arnett, PhD, MSPH