Kentucky, also known as the Blue Grass state, is located in the Southern part of the United States. In March of 2012, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC). This bill expanded basic health care coverage, provides more health care choices to individuals and families, enhances the overall quality of Healthcare across the country to hold insurance companies more accountable and to lower overall health care costs for all healthcare consumers. Across the country many states are struggling to provide quality healthcare that is mandated by these new government regulations. The state of Kentucky is no exception. More than 300,000 individuals across the state will enter into the healthcare system and the need for those who will manage within the healthcare system is expected skyrocket. What this means is that a large number of positions will become available for Healthcare Managers and Administrators at all levels. Fortunately, there are many options for quality accredited Master’s Degree Programs in Healthcare Management to help fill those positions.
Eastern Kentucky University
The School of Business
Located in Richmond Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University (Eastern or EKU) is an undergraduate and graduate teaching and research institution with a current enrollment of 15,968 students. It maintains three regional campuses with a student to faculty ratio of 16:1 with the majority of classes taught by faculty with Ph.D.’s. In 2014 US News and World Report ranked Eastern Kentucky University as the 55th Best University in the South Region of the United States. The program is flexible enough to allow for the needs of individuals already working or planning on working in a career in public health while attending school. Classes are offered online, in the evenings and on Saturdays.
Master of Public Health
The Master of Public Health is widely accepted at the most significant degree leading to careers of leadership in health education. With Eastern Kentucky’s mission to “prepare competent public health practitioners who are able, through creative and critical thinking and effective communication skills, to enhance the health status and quality of life in local, state, regional, and global communities”, the College of Health Sciences offers a Master of Public Health Degree with a concentration in one of two options:
- The MPH in Community Health Education concentration is a forty-three credit hour program meeting the national standard of the Society of Public Health Educators and the Council on Education for the public. The program offers students concepts and skills for careers with a variety of applications in environmental science and public health. Coursework includes foundations of public health, health behavior, health education strategies, organization and administration of public health programs, planning and evaluation, epidemiology, community organization and development and research.
- The MPH in Environmental Health Science concentration is a forty-three credit hour program for those choosing careers in Environmental Health as health inspectors, industrial hygienists, or hazardous waste control experts. The program includes coursework encompassing environmental factors and ecosystem functions affecting human health. Topics of study may include environmental threats, risk analysis and assessment in ecology, ecosystem services, climate change, toxicology in the environment, assessing environmental impact, assessing human health risk and environmental microbiology.
The MPH Program prepares professionals for broad-based practice in public health, through the integration of core competencies in the five areas of knowledge basic to public health (behavioral sciences, biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health science, and public health administration) with specialized knowledge, competencies, and expertise in a selected public health discipline area.
Eastern Kentucky University
EKU Regional Campuses
Graduate Education and Research
521 Lancaster Avenue
Whitlock (SSB) 310 CPO 68
Richmond, Kentucky 40475
Program Website: http://www.mph.eku.edu/
Accreditation Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that Healthcare Management and Administration is one of the largest growing industries in the country and will continue to grow at an incredible pace. Executive Managers in healthcare organizations will be responsible to expand services, improve quality, and reduce costs in health systems, hospitals, physician practices, ambulatory clinics, community health centers, government and other public sector providers, the health insurance industry, long-term care and mental health providers. In order to prepare administrators within the healthcare environment for the continual changes and challenges, Kentucky has several options for Master’s Level programs in Healthcare Management and Administration to address these needs.