Greetings from 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). Our CEPH-accredited programs include a Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) undergraduate program and a Master of Public Health (MPH) with four concentration options. We currently offer two doctoral programs - a PhD in Gerontology and a combined PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Our College is also home to UK's long-running Master of Health Administration (MHA) program, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation on Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). Taking advantage of our location on the central UK campus, we offer dual degree programs 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 FY2020, projects led by our faculty received $19.9M in funding from federal, state and private sources to tackle tough issues including: cancer, opioid addiction, environmental health, and health disparities in rural communities, throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and across our nation. 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. 

Along with other CEPH-accredited schools of public health, we have a 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 environment 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
Dean