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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

  • New MPH Memos Newsletter now available here.
  • 2015 CEPH Self-Study Report Now Available
    Click here to download.
    Comments or questions abut the report should be directed to Dr. Kathy Brown
  • Congratulattions to Elizabeth Conner - Winner of the 2015 APHA Annual Meeting Scholarship
    In addition to full coverage of the cost to attend the APHA annual meeting in Chicago, Ms. Conner has also been appointed as the APHA Student Assembly Campus Liaison for UT.  
  • Achievements in Field Practice Funding and Employment
    Over 30% of CHE and HPM students who completed their field practice spring 2012 - spring 2015 were employed by their field practice site. Others used field practice as a springboard to employment elsewhere, while a smaller group pursued further education. Click here to read more about our field practice funding and employment trends.
  • Congratulations for our 2015 Public Health Sutdent Award Winners -

    Recognizing students who have shown potential to make a significant impact within their resepective fields

    2015 Public Health Department Award Winners

    From Left to Right:

    • Amber Donaldson Ford - winner of the Dr. Betsy Haughton Award (Public Health Nutrition)
    • Todd French - winner of the Dr. John New Award (Veterinary Public Health)
    • Tyler Dinwiddie - winner of the Dr. Charles Hamilton Award (Health Policy & Management)
    • Kasey Fristoe - winner of the Dr. June Gorski Award (Community Health Education)
  • 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
  • Public Health Graduate Student Association celebrates National Public Health Week 2015

Upcoming Events

  • Career Workshop #3: Resume and Cover Letter Writing
    Late January 2016 (date tbd)
  • Career Workshop #4: Interviewing and Job Negotiation
    March 2016 (date tbd)


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