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Donna K. Arnett, MSPH, PhD
Dean | Professor
111 Washington Ave.
CPH Suite 112
Lexington, KY 40536-0003
Contact: | 859.218.2247



PhD, Epidemiology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

MSPH, Biostatistics and Epidemiology
University of South Florida

University of South Florida


Dr. Donna K. Arnett is Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology.  Prior to her appointment at UK in 2016, Dr. Arnett was Associate Dean and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. With 24 years of continuous NIH funding, Dr. Arnett studies genes related to hypertensive disorders and organ damage that results from hypertension -- an interest she developed early in her career while working as a clinical research nurse. 


A past president of the American Heart Association (AHA), she has led the AHA's Research Committee and Scientific Publishing Committee. Dr. Arnett is also an elected fellow of the AHA, the American College of Epidemiology, and the American Epidemiological Society. She has more than 20 years of experience leading the recruitment and oversight of large, multi-site cohort studies, including the Minnesota Heart Survey and the NIH-sponsored clinical study "The Genetics of Lipid Lowering and Diet Network" (GOLDN). 


Dr. Arnett has published more than 600 peer-reviewed papers and two books. In 2017 she received the Population Research Prize from the American Heart Association. In 2019 she was named a World Expert in Hypertension by Expertscape, a recognition earned by being in the top 0.076 percent of scholars writing about hypertension over the past ten years.

Research Interests:
  • Cardiovascular research
  • Hypertension
  • Genetics