Latest News from the Department of Public Health
Our public health programs prepare students to be competent, future public health leaders. Our Master of Public Health (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 and improving health.
Our programs are distinguished by the practical experience students gain through community-based class projects, volunteering opportunities, and well-matched applied practice experiences.
Attention future MPH applicants: Please note that the number of departmental graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs) with tuition waivers is very limited and are highly competitive. Preference for assistantships is given to first year PhD students. If qualified PhD student applicants are not available, assistantship opportunities will be extended to MPH students. Students who receive departmental GTA positions will be notified by the end of April for the following Academic Year.
How to Change your Undergraduate Major to Public Health
To change to a public health major, students must schedule an Advising appointment with the College of Education, Health & Human Sciences Academic Advising Office.
Featured Doctoral Student
“I aim to establish a foundation in research in maternal and child health and to contribute to the improvement of health practices associated with pregnancy and neonatal outcomes.”
Featured Master’s Student
“I am fascinated by the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health, and I believe that my academic career has uniquely positioned me to succeed in this very important and rapidly developing nexus of fields.” [continue reading]
APEx in Action
MPH students convert academic theory to public health practice by completing a 240-hour Applied Practice Experience (APEx) in a community health setting. APEx provides a bridge for students to join a growing talented and competent public health workforce. [continue reading]