Feb 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Public Health

Donna Arnett, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., is Dean of the College of Public Health. Sarah Wackerbart;h, Ph.D., is Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

The College of Public Health

The College of Public Health (CPH) is one of the six Health Professions Colleges at the University of Kentucky. Faculty within CPH work closely with the UK Healthcare, and local and regional clinical, research and translational centers. CPH takes seriously its responsibility to the communities and individuals that comprise the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Further, CPH values students highly and, in all its actions, strives to build an environment where students can succeed and thrive. It takes pride in a collegial community of faculty and staff who are encouraged and supported in their work to solve the pressing public health problems that plague the region and the nation. Diversity of thought and diversity among students, staff and faculty, is woven into the fabric of the CPH culture. Given Kentucky’s ranking as one of the unhealthiest states in the nation, the College continues its mission to help reduce the burdens and disparities of health problems on individuals, families and communities in the Commonwealth. Several professional and academic programs are offered at CPH including doctoral programs in gerontology and epidemiology and biostatistics; master’s programs in public health and health administration; an undergraduate program in public health; and an accelerated BPH/ MPH degree program that is part of the UK University Scholars Program. Further, CPH has partnerships with other units across campus to offer joint degree programs, including MD/MPH, PharmD/MPH and JD/MHA. Graduate certificates are also offered in the following: biostatistics, gerontology, global health, public health management, and improving healthcare value.


The College of Public Health is nationally accredited by the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH). The Masters of Health Administration program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.

Bachelor of Public Health

This program is for the student seeking a broadbased, scientifically grounded, and professionallyoriented foundation for impacting societal health. Public Health connects populations from an integrated approach of identifying behaviors that affect health and changing these behaviors; education on the science of primary prevention of disease; promoting healthcare equity, quality and accessibility; and advocating for improved healthcare systems. Completion of a Bachelor of Public Health degree prepares students for the public health workforce and equips them to find effective and meaningful solutions to real-world health problems. The College has strong ties to the public health practice community, both regionally and nationally, and provides students with opportunities to engage with professionals across the country. BPH graduates are well-positioned to pursue entry-level positions in community and public health and healthcare organizations, as well as for graduate study in public health and a variety of other health professions. Students enrolled in the BPH program should have both a belief in making positive changes and a devotion to making a difference in the health status of communities.

Admission Policy

Admission to the University as an incoming freshman is sufficient for admission to the PreBachelor of Public Health (pre-BPH) program. Current University students and transfer students must meet the BPH grade-point average (GPA) admission criteria to be admitted as a pre-BPH student. Admission to the pre-BPH program does not guarantee admission to the Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) program. Students may apply to the pre-BPH program at any time. The application is available at: https://myuk.uky.edu/irj/portal.

BPH admission is necessary in order to be granted a baccalaureate degree from the College of Public Health. Students who have attained a 2.75 or higher cumulative GPA and have completed all required premajor requirements (see below) with a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher will be eligible for admission into the BPH program. To be considered for admission to the BPH program, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Enrollment in the University of Kentucky;
  2. Completion of CPH 201  with a letter grade of B or higher;
  3. Completion of all additional premajor required courses with a letter grade of C or higher;
  4. Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher;
  5. Premajor course work GPA of 3.0 or higher; and
  6. Submission of an application form to the College of Public Health prior to the annual application deadline of June 1. The application is available on the web at: https://cph.uky.edu/admissions/bachelor-public-health-admissions.

Applications to the BPH program are only accepted from February 1 to June 1 each year. All premajor requirements must be complete prior to the start of the following fall semester to be eligible for admission. All applications will be processed after June 1, and admissions status will be released to students no later than July 15 of the current academic year.

Accelerated BPH/MPH Degree Program

The College of Public Health offers an Accelerated BPH/MPH Degree Program which provides high achieving students an opportunity to complete both a BPH and MPH degree in five years. This program is in accordance with UK’s University Scholars program. In addition to the admission criteria outlined above, students wishing to apply for the accelerated degree program must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Admission to BPH program;
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher;
  3. Major GPA of 3.5 or higher;
  4. A minimum of 12 free elective hours available during the final year of BPH course work; and
  5. Submission of an application to the CPH MPH program in accordance with their admissions process and deadlines.

Applications to the Accelerated Program are only accepted in accordance with the CPH MPH application window. Students should apply for the program in the Fall semester of their third year.

Students meeting the minimum criteria for application are not guaranteed a placement in the program as spots are limited. Further information about the program, including application information, can be found at: http://cph.uky.edu/academic-programs/university-scholars-program.

Admission Appeals Process

Students who do not meet the GPA criteria for admission to the Bachelor of Public Health program, but have extenuating circumstances that prevented them from reaching their academic potential may submit an appeal at the time their application is submitted. The appeal guidelines are available at: http://cph.uky.edu.

For questions regarding appeals, contact:

Dr. Sarah Vos
111 Washington Avenue, Suite 105C

Dean’ List

Full-time undergraduate students who have a term grade-point average of 3.5 or greater will appear on the Dean’s List.

Probation and Academic Suspension

University of Kentucky probation and suspension rules apply for all university undergraduate students. These rules may be reviewed in the Academic Requirements section of this Bulletin.

The following additional rules apply to students in CPH:

  1. Any student who fails to maintain a cumulative UK GPA of 2.5 shall be placed on academic probation within CPH.
  2. A student will be removed from academic probation when a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher is obtained.
  3. A student shall be dismissed from the college if he/she fails to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher within two consecutive semesters following being placed on probation.
  4. A student who earns a term GPA of 2.5 or higher for each semester following placement on probation will continue in probationary status until a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher is obtained.
  5. A student who is on academic probation within CPH may transfer to other colleges or departments provided the student meets eligibility criteria.
  6. A student who has been dismissed from CPH for academic reasons and has remained outside the program for at least a semester and a summer session may petition for reinstatement.
  7. A student who has been dismissed for academic reasons and reinstated shall, upon reinstatement, be placed on academic probation.
  8. No student will be readmitted to the College via reinstatement request more than twice.

Graduate Programs in Public Health

The College of Public Health offers the following graduate degrees: Master of Public Health, Master of Health Administration, Ph.D. in Epidemiology/ Biostatistics and a Ph.D. in Gerontology. Additional information may be obtained from the Office of Student Engagement, Advising and Success in the College of Public Health and/or from the Graduate School. There is an application deadline for each program and current information can be located on the College website at: http://cph.uky.edu

Students who want to earn advanced degrees must be admitted to the University of Kentucky Graduate School. For complete information, students should refer to The Graduate School Bulletin or contact:

Graduate School Admissions
201 Gillis Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0033
fax: 859-323-5986

Student Success

Student success is a priority in the College of Public Health and relies on collaboration between students, faculty and staff. The College looks forward to working with you on a rewarding academic venture. Admitted students are assigned to an advisor within the College. Curriculum plans are determined in the first semester of enrollment and updated each semester. For questions regarding progression through the program, contact:

Jennifer Stevens
Academic Advisor
111 Washington Avenue, Suite 120
Lexington, KY 40536-0003
email: jennifer.stevens@uky.edu

All students within CPH must adhere to the Health Care Colleges Code of Student Professional Conduct, as well as the UK Student Code of Conduct.