Western Kentucky University

Public Health

2013 Vanderbilt Health Care Conference2013 NIOSH Symposium

Ese Aghenta (MPH intern), Kathryn Steward (Assistant Director of Health Education & Promotion), Lauren Tuttle (Health Educator, Health Education & Promotion) and Aida Mehmedovic (MPH Intern)

With the assistance of two MPH graduate interns, the Health Education & Promotion Office was awarded a small $1,000 mini grant by The Female Health Company for Female Condom (FC2) and sexual health education and awareness on campus for the 2014-2015 academic year. Thank you to Ese Aghenta and Aida Mehmedovic!

"Transforming Health Care: Innovative Delivery Models for a New Era," 2013 Vanderbilt Health Care Conference

The Student Healthcare Association (SHA) organized a trip for Health Care Administration students to attend the Vanderbilt Health Care Conference in Nashville, TN. This year's conference focused on how to provide health care in a new and changing political environment.

Allie Randall (Honors College, Allied Health), Darla Hayden (MHA, Public Health) and Kiara Edwards (MHA, Public Health)

Three CHHS students were selected to present research posters at the ACHCA Annual Convocation in Las Vegas, NV, a conference for long-term care professionals.

Sireesha Kodali (MHA), Dr. Emmanuel Iyiegbuniwe and Usonwanne Nwosu (MPH)

Dr. Emmanuel Iyiegbuniwe and graduate students Sireesha Kodali (MHA) and Usonwanne Nwosu (MPH) travel to University of Cincinnati, Ohio to participate and present at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Pilot Research Project (PRP) Symposium.

Public Health faculty receive 2013 CHHS Outstanding Faculty Awards

The CHHS Outstanding Faculty Award recipients are (left to right): Dr. Ritchie Taylor - Public Service, Dr. Grace Lartey - Student/Advisement and Dr. Emmanuel Iyiegbuniwe - Research/Creativity. Congratulations on this recognition and honor!

Dr. Gregory Ellis-Griffith, Dr. John White, Vice Provost Dr. Richard Miller and WKU President Dr. Gary A. Ransdell

The Department of Public Health has applied for the National Association of Long Term Care Admnistrator Boards (NAB) Academic Accreditation for the Long Term Care Administration Certificate Program. Results of the application and site visit are expected in June.

Welcome to the Department of Public Health!             

The public health programs at Western Kentucky University prepare students to face the challenges of existing and emerging health concerns, locally and globally, and enable students to apply critical thinking skills to address and resolve these complex health issues. The mission of public health program is to prepare highly competent public health practitioners through instruction, research and service, and to enhance the health status and quality of life of diverse populations in local, state, national and global communities.

Public health is a field that offers a wide array of job opportunities to suit a variety of interests and skills. Whether you are interested in managing data and crunching numbers, conducting research or working with people, there is a place for you in the field of public health. Recent college graduates and those that have been in the field for years have something to offer and to gain in this field. Public health is ideal for individuals who gain satisfaction knowing that they are working to improve the life of others.

While there are dozens of specialties in public health, most career opportunities are found in the following fields listed below. The salary ranges, as follows, are the actual salaries earned (adjusted for inflation using the national CPI - Bureau of Labor Statistics) within one year of graduation as reported by the most recent nationwide survey of graduates conducted by the Association of Schools of Public Health:

  • Health Services Administration
    • $ 37,050 - $161,400
  • Biostatistics                                                   
    • $ 33,000 - $63,000
  • Epidemiology
    • $ 38,175 - $136,237
  • Health Education/ Behavioral Science        
    • $ 33,000 - $86,625
  • Environmental Health                                  
    • $ 44,550 - $143,700
  • International Health                                      
    • $ 31,500 - $70,875
  • Nutrition                                                           
    • $ 31,500 - $70,875
  • Public Health Practice/ Program Management     
    • $ 41,175 - $102,000
  • Biomedical Laboratory                                
    • $31,500 - $78,750

At WKU, students learn from expert faculty. All public health faculty hold top academic credentials and professional qualifications in public health and related disciplines. We also recognize that there is much we can learn from those who are health practitioners as well. By combining industry knowledge with academic credentials, students learn firsthand from practicing public health experts, attorneys, environmental health specialists, emergency managers, and healthcare administrators with many years of experience in public health, environmental health, and the healthcare industry.


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