Associate Professor and MPH Program Director
Kathleen Brown, PhD, holds a PhD in community health and a Master in Public Health from the University of Tennessee. She previously served as the director of Community Assessment and Health Promotion at the Knox County Health Department. That position involved supervision of a professional staff of epidemiologists, health educators, and outreach workers. Under her direction, the epidemiology program conducted surveillance, community survey and program evaluation producing related reports, briefs, and updates. The health promotion program areas in her department included adolescent pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, and unintentional injury prevention.
Prior to that, as an instructor at the University of Tennessee, she was responsible for coordinating the undergraduate community health education program. She served as the primary academic advisor to the students and taught numerous health courses including program planning, women's health, epidemiology, and wellness. Additionally, she coordinated the undergraduate internship program which involved identifying and developing relationships with community agencies (locally and otherwise), placing students using a best-fit process, following student progress, and evaluating process and quality of experience.
She started her career as a nurse and spent 12 years working in intensive care in hospitals in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. She is passionate about health issues and how they affect the overall quality of life and health of the community.