University of Kentucky

College of Public Health

Master of Public Health


MS 601, 800 Rose Street

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY 40546

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Public Health

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MPH degree is designed to meet the needs of recent baccalaureate graduates planning careers in public health and related professions. Current public health and clinical practitioners wanting to increase their knowledge of population-based issues seek this degree. Because of the breadth of the public health profession, an applicant with a bachelor’s degree in any major field will be considered for admission to the program. However, an educational background that includes a conceptual knowledge of anatomy and physiology will offer the student more flexibility in the selection of an area of concentration.

The MPH program currently offers 5 concentrations for students.


Student will be able to

  • Apply the basic concepts of probability, random variation, and commonly used probability distributions.
  • Apply and interpret common univariate and multivariate statistical methods for inference.
  • Recognize the assumptions and limitations of common statistical methods and choose appropriate approaches for analysis.
  • Develop written and oral presentations based on statistical analyses for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences.


Environmental Health
Students will be able to

  • Prepare small scale studies that evaluate interventions that reduce occupational and environmental risks to targeted populations.
  • Critique scientific literature in occupational and environmental health to determine its relevance to advancing practice-based strategies that reduce threats from environmental and occupational hazards.
  • Propose engineering, educational, policy and enforcement strategies that reduce occupational and environmental health risks in populations.
  • Summarize the role of policy, regulation and enforcement to prevent, modify and remove environmental and occupational hazards and risks.
  • Construct working groups and teams from different backgrounds to improve the public’s health when threatened by environmental and occupational health hazards.


Students will be able to

  • Assess public health problems in terms of magnitude, person, time and place.
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.
  • Identify basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data.
  • Identify the principles and limitations of public health screening programs.


Health Behavior
Students will be able to

  • Apply theory to understanding and measuring the multilevel, ecological context of health behavior, focusing on social determinants of behavior and causes of inequities in individual and population health outcomes.
  • Determine the needs and assets of communities and understand how to successfully and ethically build and sustain partnerships and collaborations.
  • Understand how to identify, plan, adapt, implement, and evaluate sustainable evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs, and how to successfully disseminate and communicate program methods and outcomes to scientific, practitioner, and lay communities.
  • Critically examine and interpret existing health promotion programs and scientific literature to promote evidence-based public health research and practice.


Population Health Policy and Management
The MPH Program in Population Health Policy and Management will prepare students for careers in using administrative and policy strategies to improve population health within the transforming U.S. and global health systems. The program gives special attention to the organizational, analytic, and decision-making skills needed to work effectively across the public health and health care components of the health system to achieve greater coordination, equity, and efficiency.

  • Organize and lead population health improvement activities within defined lines of responsibility, authority, communication, and governance.
  • Develop productive inter-organizational relationships with key stakeholders in the public and private sectors that influence population health.
  • Develop and implement organizational strategic planning and community health improvement processes that take into consideration population health needs, public preferences, political dynamics, and the availability of resources.
  • Select appropriate principles of budgeting and financial management to apply to the operation of public health organizations and activities
  • Use principles of evidence-based public health to design and implement policies, programs, and strategies to improve population health
  • Evaluate the health and economic impact of public health strategies in relation to established goals and objectives

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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