2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
    Feb 17, 2020  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health

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Paul C. Erwin, Head

Erwin, P.C., MD, DrPH – Alabama (Birmingham), North Carolina (Chapel Hill)     
Petty, G., PhD – Missouri     

Associate Professors     
Barroso, C., DrPH – Texas (Houston)
Brown, K., PhD – Tennessee
McNeely, C., PhD – California (Los Angeles)      
Meschke, L., PhD – Penn State (University Park)     
Terry, P., PhD – Columbia and Karolinska Institute

Assistant Professors      
Chen, J., MD, PhD – Beijing Medical University (China), California (Davis)
Jabson, J., PhD – Oregon State      
Knight, M., PhD – Texas (Dallas)

Adjunct Professors
Barrie, M., JD, PhD – South Texas Collage of Law, Texas (Houston)
Buchanan, M., MD – East Tennessee State
Cragle, D., PhD - North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
Hahn, W., PhD - Purdue
Heath, G., DHSC, MPH – Loma Linda
Mirvis, D., MD – New York (Yeshiva University)
Nobles, R., DrPH, MPH – Texas (Houston)
Sayre, Warren, MD, MPH – Marshall, Emory
Washington, R., DrPH – Kentucky (Lexington)

Joint Appointment Faculty
Keel, M., PhD – Tennessee
Myers, C., PhD – Tennessee    

Emeritus Faculty
Gorski, J., DrPH – California (Los Angeles)
Hamilton, C., DrPH – Oklahoma     

Academic Health Department and Internship Coordinator
Grubaugh, J., MPH – Tennessee

Public Health MPH
  Community health education concentration
  Health policy and management concentration
  Veterinary public health concentration
Public Health / Nutrition MS-MPH
Public Health / Law JD-MPH
Education PhD
  Health behavior and health education concentration
Graduate Certificate Program  
  Food safety  
  Health policy  
  Public health leadership  


The Department of Public Health is committed to providing high quality academic preparation for students to become effective public health professionals, scholars and teachers, and public health advocates in various health-related fields. The discipline of public health is rooted in the basic science of epidemiology, and integrates behavioral, social, and organizational sciences in a socio-ecological model whose ultimate aim is to improve the health of populations. The internal ethic of public health is a commitment to social justice and the elimination of health inequities between and among populations or population sub-groups.


Intercollegiate Graduate Statistics Program

The Intercollegiate Graduate Statistics Program is a formal University of Tennessee, Knoxville academic program housed within the Department of Statistics, College of Business Administration, but made available to students enrolled in a variety of degree programs, including those in Public Health. Students in both the MPH and PhD program in Public Health are eligible to earn a minor in statistics with 9-15 hours of approved coursework.

Additional information is available at http://www.bus.utk.edu/stat/igsp/.


Health Policy Graduate Certificate

The College of Nursing and Department of Public Health - College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences jointly offer a graduate certificate in health policy to prepare nursing and public health leaders, researchers, and educators to be active in all aspects of policymaking relative to health. The certificate program is designed to build upon and expand concepts from core courses of the curriculum of each discipline’s masters’ degree programs and the previous experiences and interests of students. Certificate candidates must currently be admitted to a graduate program at the university or hold a terminal degree and be a graduate student in good standing and comply with all other applicable academic policies. Course experiences will foster the examination and application of current policy research and the development of skills related to policy analysis, research, program evaluation, and advocacy.


A minimum of four courses will be required for the certificate:

  • PUBH 612  (cross-listed: same as NURS 612 
  • PUBH 520 
  • PUBH 614  3 hours minimum (cross-listed: same as NURS 614 )
  • Elective(s)-3 hours minimum; must be selected in consultation with assigned certificate program advisor

Total hours may vary based on the student’s academic record, experiences, and objectives. Students must complete a minimum of 12 hours.

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