The University of Kentucky established the College of Public Health to develop transformative solutions to health challenges through its teaching, research and service efforts. Ranked a Top 25 School of Public Health by U.S. News & World Report, the College of Public Health at UK takes seriously its responsibility to the communities and individuals that comprise the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Located in Lexington, Kentucky, which was named one of the Top 5 college towns in the nation by, the College strives to develop leaders for service both near and far.

A 2014 report of the United Health Foundation ranked Kentucky as one of the unhealthiest states, at 45th, in the nation. The state faces challenges in the areas of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, among others. However, the College of Public Health is dedicated to transforming these statistics and assisting in the creation of a healthier community, state, and world.

The College values its students highly and, in all its actions, strives to build an environment where students can succeed and thrive. It takes pride in a collegial community of faculty and staff who are encouraged and supported in their work to solve the pressing public health problems that plague the region and the nation. Diversity of thought and diversity among our students, staff and faculty, is woven into the fabric of the culture of the College. Since its creation in July of 2004, these guiding principles have helped the University of Kentucky College of Public Health make significant progress in achieving its academic, research and service goals and objectives.

The College of Public Health is committed to quality in all of its education, research and service efforts. Evidence of this commitment to quality is full accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), as well as full membership in the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). The College of Public Health is committed to the practice community, as evidenced by its collaborations with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Kentucky Department for Public Health, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, Kentucky Public Health Association, and the Kentucky Health Department Association.

To prepare students to take advantage of these opportunities, the UK College of Public Health offers the following degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Public Health (BPH)
  • Master of Health Administration (MHA)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology & Biostatistics (PhD EPB)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Gerontology (PhD)
  • Joint Degree Programs – MHA / MPH, MD / MPH, PharmD / MPH, and JD / MHA.


The UK College of Public Health also takes seriously its responsibility to contribute to science and research. The College faculty engage in a robust portfolio of research activities and guide millions of dollars annually in collaborative projects, with funding sources ranging from NIH and CDC, to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This extramural funding provides numerous opportunities for students to participate in ground-breaking research.

The University of Kentucky College of Public Health provides a supportive and engaging environment for public health training, research and service. Information on this website describes the exciting efforts underway, the successes, and the opportunities, and highlights the true heart of the College - the students, faculty and staff.