Central Appalachian Regional Education and Resource Center (CARERC)

How to Apply

Prospective ERC trainees must first seek admission to the UK College of Public Health graduate program or to the EKU College of Justice and Safety and its Department of Safety, Security and Emergency Management.

Admission to graduate study at the UK College of Public Health requires a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 2.75 (out of 4.0). Graduate Record Exam scores are required, unless the applicant possess a professional degree, such as a MD, DVM, or DMD. Official GRE, GMAT or MCAT scores must show verbal and quantitative scores at the 50th percentile or better. Appointment to an ERC traineeship at UK requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, unless the applicant provides evidence of graduate level coursework at a GPA of 3.0 or higher or significant, relevant work experience since obtaining an undergraduate degree. Candidates are also expected to provide strong letters of recommendation.

All applications must be submitted through the centralized Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS): http://www.sophas.org/.

The UK College of Public Health receives between 220 to 250 MPH applications annually, generally admitting about 60 MPH students each year. The College receives about 50 DrPH and 40 to 50 PhD applications each year, admitting about 12 DrPH and 5 PhD students annually.

Selection criteria for students to receive CARERC training funds are made through a separate competitive process once admission to UK or EKU has been secured. Students are expected to prepare a personal statement (declaration of interest) describing their educational and career goals and background, as relevant to the ERC and its mission. This statement should be directed to the attention of Dr. Wayne Sanderson, Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology. 111 Washington Avenue, Suite 213B. University of Kentucky College of of Public Health. Lexington, Kentucky 40536.

Admission and funding decisions are made by the faculty members of the CARERC selection committee and provided to the students via formal letter.