Ty Borders, PhD
Professor | Endowed Chair | RUHRC Director
111 Washington Ave.
CPH 101B
Lexington, KY 40536-0003
Contact: | 859.218.2041



PhD, Health Administration
University of Iowa


MA, Health Administration
University of Iowa


MS, Epidemiology
University of Iowa


BA, Psychology
University of Kansas


Dr. Ty Borders is the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Endowed Chair in Rural Health Policy and a Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy.  He also serves as Director of the federally funded Rural and Underserved Health Research Center.  Dr. Borders earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Health Administration and M.S. in Epidemiology from the University of Iowa and B.A. in Psychology (with Honors) from the University of Kansas. His research focuses on rural/urban, racial, and ethnic variations in health-related quality of life, consumer reports of care, and health care access. Over the past 14 years, most of his work has investigated rural substance use and treatment access through funding as P.I. from the NIAAA and NIDA.  Dr. Borders has been Editor of The Journal of Rural Health, the official scholarly publication of the 22,000-member National Rural Health Association, for the past 9 years.  He was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Rural Health and Human Services, which advises the US Secretary of Health and Human Services.  His honors include being elected as a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, receiving the Excellence in Writing Award from the UK Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies, and being appointed as an Honorary Colonel of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  

Research Interests:
  • Rural vs. urban health
  • Substance abuse and treatment
  • Racial and ethnic health disparities
  • Health care access
  • Consumer reports of care