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Department of Public Health


At UT, the graduate public health programs prepare students to be competent, future public health leaders. Our MPH program has been accredited since 1969, making it the first nationally accredited program outside a School of Public Health. We also formed Tennessee's first Academic Health Department, with the purpose of bridging knowledge, improving health. The UT graduate programs are distinguished by the practical experience students gain through community-based class projects, volunteering opportunities, and well-matched field placements.

In The News

  • Congratulations to the following Department of Public Health Associates & Students:
    • Michelle Smith, PhD student - 2015-2016 PEER Fellowship
    • Elizabeth Conner, MPH student, & Dr. Cristina Barroso - 2015 Summer Graduate Research Assistantship
    • Joanne Patterson, PhD student - 2015-2016 J. Wallace & Katie Dean Graduate School Fellowship
    • Dr. Jennifer Jabson - 2015 CEHHS Dean's Rising Star Award
    • Wendy Smith - 2015 CEHHS College Senate Departmental Staff Award
  • Congratulations to the Dr. June D. Gorski Scholarship Endowment Recipients for the 2014-2015 academic year
    • Amanda Letheren - MPH, CHE concentration
    • Jennifer Storer - MPH, VPH concentration
  • Public Health Graduate Student Association celebrates National Public Health Week 2015
  • Univ. of TN MPH Students Win the 1st Annual TPHA Student Video Challenge
  • TPHA held its first annual "Student Video Challenge" this year asking students from universities across the state to submit a 2 minute video showing what public health is in their communities and through their eyes.
  • A big congratulations to Claire Mason and Yoonwon (Yoonie) Jung for winning the grand prize in the first annual Student Video Challenge.  They will be recognized and receive a $100 check at the East Tennessee Grand Division TPHA meeting on Friday, April 25. Their video will also be shown sometime during the TPHA Annual Meeting in September. 

MPH students Claire Mason and Yoonwon Jung win first annual TPHA Student Video Challenge.


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    We have a competitive PhD program in Health Behavior/Health Education with funded assistantships available.

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