In addition to the pre-requisites to be admitted to the Bachelor of Public Health program and the UK Core requirements (, students will need to complete the following course work to complete the minimum 120 credit-hours required for the Bachelor of Public Health degree.

NOTE: Students must earn a grade of C or better in all of the following Major Requirement courses

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Required Major Courses

CPH 310

Disease Detectives: Epidemiology in Action


CPH 320

Foundations of Environmental Health


CPH 330

Health Analytics I


CPH 350*

Introduction to Health Care Organization and Policy


CPH 440

Foundations of Health Behavior


CPH 472

Public Health Professions and Practice


CPH 476G

A Sick World: Global Public Health


Public Health Electives (Choose 5)

CPH 202

Public Health through Popular Film


CPH 203

Sexual Health


CPH 351

Preparing for Apocalyptic Events: Crisis Mgmt & Population Health


CPH 365

Special Topics in Public Health


CPH 395

Independent Study


CPH 423

Health of Kentuckians


CPH 441

Tobacco and the Public’s Health


CPH 450

Managing Health Organizations


GRN 585

Aging and Environment


Social Science Electives (9 Hours)


Choose 9 hours in social sciences courses at the 200+ level from the following departments: ANT, GEO, or SOC.

Natural Science Electives (6 hours)

Choose 6 hours in natural or physical science courses at the 200+ level from the following departments: ANA, BIO, CHE, PGY, PHA, or PHY.


Capstone course

CPH 470

Public Health Capstone


Free Electives

Choose electives to lead to the minimum total of 120 hours required for graduation.  

Total Minimum Hours Required for Degree


The BPH program has four overall student learning outcomes.  In order to demonstrate achievement of these outcomes, the BPH program faculty have developed competencies which students demonstrate through coursework and a culminating experience.

BPH Program Overall Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Demonstrate knowledge of public health from an interdisciplinary perspective (SLO 1)


  • Explain the science concepts underlying the concepts of human health and disease and the basic approaches to health promotion and disease prevention
  • Identify the leading causes of mortality, morbidity, and health disparities among local, regional, and global populations.
  • Discuss the role of gender, race, ethnicity, and other evolving demographics in affecting public health.
  • Identify the basic sociological and psychological concepts, processes, approaches, and interventions that address the major health-related needs and concerns of individuals and communities.
  • Explain the influences that science and technology are having on individual and public health.
  • Assess the values and perspectives of diverse individuals, communities, and cultures and their influence on health behaviors, choices, and practices.
  • Recognize the impact of legal, ethical, economic, regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy, and the roles influences, and responsibilities, of different agencies and branches of government.
  • Assess the fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. Health system and to note significant differences in systems in other countries.
  • Discuss the role of community engagement in promoting public health and social justice.
  • Examine the fundamental right to health and health services.

Show competency in ethical issues, social responsibility, and problem solving using evidence-based concepts in core public health areas (SLO 2)


  • Describe risk factors and modes of transmission for infectious and chronic diseases and how these diseases affect both personal and public health.
  • Outline approaches for assessing and controlling environmental hazards that affect community health and address control methods for selected environmental hazards.
  • Describe how the methods of epidemiology and surveillance are used to safeguard the population’s health.
  • Identify the fundamental features of project management and evaluation, including basic management of resources (financial, human, and material), as well as quality improvement in public health efforts.
  • Outline individual and community preparedness considerations regarding health emergencies and public disasters.

Show competency in relationship-building and team dynamics to plan and promote public health and reduce health disparities (SLO 3)


  • Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan and deliver patient-/population-centered care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable.
  • Work with individuals of other professionals to maintain a climate of mutual respected and shared values and appreciate the role of community collaborations in promotion public health. 
  • Communicate with families, communities, and other health professionals in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the maintenance of health and treatment of disease.
  • Appreciate the multiple determinants of health, including sociological, economic, genetic, behavioral, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and health disparities.
  • Identify stakeholders who influence health programs and interventions.
  • Collaborate with others from diverse backgrounds in addressing health disparities and inequities.
  • Participate in the political process to improve health and health services.
  • Analyze ethical concerns and conflicts of interest that arise in the field of public health.
  • Advocate for evidence-based social changes that improve the health of individuals and communities.
  • Champion the role of prevention in promoting a healthy community.
  • Endorse lifestyle behaviors that promote individual and public health and well-being.
  • Value multicultural perspectives and sensitivities on health.

Apply theories and concepts to communicate the interconnectedness among the physical, social, and environmental aspects of population health (SLO 4)


  • Use scientific data, including tools of informatics, knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess the well-being of a community and address the healthcare needs of the populations served.
  • Discuss the interconnectedness among the physical, social, and environmental aspects of community health through the creation of systems-based diagrams regarding population flows for a particular disease in relation to the environment, different stakeholders, and the population’s overall health status.
  • Conduct literature searches and written papers on a health issues using a variety of academic and public resources to include references and related resources, regarding a current issue, related trends, and potential interventions for an assigned public health challenge.
  • Analyze alternative viewpoints regarding various health topics.
  • Assess the source and quality of health information and data, as related to individual and community health.
  • Apply basic concepts of public health specific communication, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology.
  • Apply the basic concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, use, and analysis and explain why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice.