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UK College of Public Health Rises in U.S. News & World Report 2023 Best Graduate Schools

March 31, 2022

U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Kentucky College of Public Health No. 45 overall (tied at No. 27 among public schools) in the recent 2023 Best Graduate Schools in Public Health. This ranking moves the college up nine spots from the previous year and to a top 25% public health program in the nation.


This year’s rankings are based on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators, or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline, which includes 195 public health schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.


“We are encouraged to see this improvement in our college’s rankings as we continue to prepare and invest in our students’ abilities to meet the public health responsibilities in Kentucky and beyond,” says Donna K. Arnett, Dean of the UK College of Public Health. “I want to thank our entire public health community, including our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and partners, who continuously invest in our college’s success.”


The College is about to launch the new 2022-2027 strategic plan, which will provide the roadmap for becoming THE leader for population health as well as acting in service to the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the nation, and the world.


“In the next five years, through the college's strategic plan, the overall goal is to be the primary source of public health knowledge and to be the partner of choice for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond,” says Arnett. “The best is yet to come and I’m confident that our college is on the right trajectory for continued and sustainable success.”


The University of Kentucky College of Public Health is made up of six main departments including: Biostatistics; Epidemiology; the Graduate Center for Gerontology; Health Management & Policy; Preventive Medicine & Environmental Health; and Health, Behavior & Society. These departments are all dedicated to transforming and assisting in the creation of a healthier community, state, and world — for everyone.


In 2004, the University of Kentucky established the College of Public Health to develop transformative solutions to health challenges through teaching, research, and service efforts. Located in Lexington, Kentucky, the College takes seriously the public health responsibility to all communities and individuals in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond.


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