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Department of Public Health

The WKU Department of Public Health offers five programs of study at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. Click on image to learn more!

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.

Our Mission: 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 this field. Public health is ideal for individuals who gain satisfaction knowing that they are working to improve the lives of others.

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 there is much we can learn from those who are health practitioners. 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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Public Health News 

Department of Public Health Sponsors Applied Epidemiology Training On Friday, January 27, The Public Health Undergraduate-Graduate Associated Students (PHUGAS) sponsored WKU's first ever Kentucky Public Health Assistance and Support Team (K-PHAST) training.

Public Health Students Put Spotlight on Global Health for International Education Week The event, The Bigger Picture: Public Health from Global Perspectives, gave international students from various public health disciplines the opportunity to share aspects of their culture and to teach about some of the major health issues in their countries.

The Kentucky Public Health Association (KPHA) at WKU wins Best Student Chapter Award for the 8th Consecutive Year in 2016

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