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2013 NIOSH Symposium

Dr. William Mkanta and Public Health students meet the President of Tanzania, His Excellency Dr. Jakaya Kikwete

WKU students and faculty participating in the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) Tanzania Program had an opportunity to meet with the President of Tanzaniaduring the program’s 2014 summer session.

Martha Katz, MPH and Dr. Marshall Kreuter: Presented by the WKU Department of Public Health MPH Program, Health Education Concentration

THOSE WHO KNOW STUFF DO BETTER THAN THOSE WHO DON'T: How public perception of what causes health shapes public health.

Kayleigh Coffey, a HCA, LTCA Certificate Program and Honors College student, standing in front of "As I Age" art wall at 2014 LeadingAge Annual Meeting.

"As I Age" art wall was created by Candy Chang, an artist, designer and urban planner who is most famous for her “Before I Die” project which she launched in New Orleans on the side of an abandoned house. Seven LTCA Certificate students attended this year's LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN.

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.

Dr. Gretchen Macy, Dr. Cecilia Watkins, Dr. Grace Lartey and Dr. Vijay Golla

Public Health Faculty present the results of the Kentucky Worksite Assessment: Utilization of the CDC’s Health Scorecard, on April 11, 2014, to the Department for Public Health in Frankfort, KY.

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 and received (June 2014) the National Association of Long Term Care Admnistrator Boards (NAB) Academic Accreditation for the Long Term Care Administration Certificate Program.

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 WKU’s 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 lives of others.

While there are several specialties in public health, most career opportunities are found in the 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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Public Health Graduate, Gargya Malla, to Present at American Public Health Association Conference Congratulations to Gargya Malla, KPHA member and spring 2016 MPH graduate, for being selected to present a poster at the 2016 APHA conference in Denver, Colorado.

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

Public Health Students Win Big at 46th Annual WKU Student Research Conference The Department of Public Health would like to recognize two public health students who were among the winners for their sessions: Jessica Stallings (MPH: Health Education) and India Martinez (Undergraduate: Public Health).




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