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MPH Career Guidance

As a Master of Public Health student at UT, you receive personalized, field-specific career guidance and information through:

  • Annual career development workshops
  • Free professional head-shots taken for your LinkedIn profile
  • Specialized resources and a dedicated staff contact from the Center for Career Development
  • One-on-one assistance from a public health staff person in exploring options for and finding a field practice opportunity
  • Links and resources to give you a head start on planning your career and finding your dream job

Getting the Job You Want: Career Development Workshops

Networking mingle: students speak with potential employers during a career workshop

Networking mingle: Students speak with potential employers during a career workshop.

An annual two-part interactive series that prepares current MPH students to find and thrive in rewarding careers.

Every year, the Department of Public Health, in partnership with the UT Center for Career Development, provides MPH students a series of practical, hands-on workshops that develop career skills and connect them with potential employers.


Getting the Job You Want:
Part 1 and 2

  • Part 1 (every fall) -What can you do with an MPH? What are the most important skills needed? What are typical salaries? How do you search for jobs? Get answers from recent alumni and a panel of hiring managers. Practice networking during a culminating 2-hour mingle with leaders from the public and private sector who hire MPH graduates.
  • Part 2 (every spring) – What should go in your resume and cover letter? How you interview for a job? Negotiate a job offer? Practice large and small group interviews with real public health hiring managers. Get instant feedback on what works well, and what you could do better in your resume, cover letter, and practice interviews.


Hear it from your peers!

Here’s what UT MPH students found most valuable from recent career guidance workshops:

  • Networking and learning how to find a mentor
  • Insight into hiring
  • Real-life job search strategies from the alumni panel
  • Reading through actual MPH graduates’ resumes/cover letters and then discussing the strengths and weaknesses
  • Insight from public health professionals on what they are looking for during the interview process
  • How to negotiate salaries

Workshop planning committee members

  • Julie Grubaugh, committee chair
  • Mary Beth Browder, career specialist


Questions about the workshops? Contact Julie Grubaugh at or 865-974-9277.

Get Help from the Center for Career

Photograh of Mary Beith Browder, career specialist

Mary Beith Browder, Career Specialist


Public health students can get specialized assistance from Mary Beth Browder, career specialist with UT’s Center for Career Development. Students often turn to Mary Beth for help searching for a job, customizing cover letters and resumes, or even practicing interviewing skills.

View Mary Beth Browder’s profile and full contact information.

The Center for Career Development is a one-stop-shop for all of your career needs including resume and interview resources, workshops, job boards, and more! Visit .


Julie Grubaugh, MPH

Julie Grubaugh, Field Practice Coordinator

Land the Perfect Field Practice Position

Julie Grubaugh, field practice coordinator for UT’s Department of Public Health, helps connect students with the field placement opportunities that often serve as stepping stones to employment.

Don’t wait until your last semester to get to know Julie and learn how she can help you prepare for your career.

Free LinkedIn Head-shots

Did you know that the University of Tennessee’s OIT department will snap a free LinkedIn head-shot for current students?  For more information, visit the OIT help desk in Hodges Library.

Links and resources