2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 04, 2020  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health

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Paul C. Erwin, Head

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

Associate Professors     
Barroso, C., DrPH – Texas (Houston)
Chen, J., MD, PhD – Beijing Medical (China), PhD – California (Davis)
McNeely, C., DrPH – California (Los Angeles)      
Meschke, L., PhD – Pennsylvania State (University Park)

Associate Professor of Practice     
Brown, K., PhD – Tennessee

Assistant Professors      
Ehrlich, S., PhD – California (Berkeley)
Jabson, J., PhD – Oregon State
Kintziger, K., PhD – South Carolina
Lieberthal, R., PhD – Oregon State   

Adjunct Faculty
Barrie, M., JD – South Texas Collage of Law, PhD – Texas (Health Science Center)
Buchanan, M., MD – East Tennessee State
Chavez-Lindell, T., MPH – Tulane
Cragle, D., PhD – North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
Decker, J., DHA – South Carolina (Charleston)
Eck, K., PhD – State University of New York (Albany)
Golden, A. PhD – Tennessee
Hahn, W., PhD – Purdue
Heath, G., DHSc – Loma Linda
Mirvis, D., MD – Yeshiva (New York)
Nobles, R., DrPH – Texas Health Science Center
Sayre, W., MD – Marshall (Huntington)

Joint Appointment Faculty
Jarvandi, S., MD – Tehran University of Medical Sciences (Iran), PhD – McGill (Canada)
Keel, M., PhD – Tennessee
Myers, C., PhD – Tennessee    

Emeriti Faculty
Gorski, J., DrPH – California (Los Angeles)
Hamilton, C., DrPH – Oklahoma
Petty, G., PhD – Missouri (Columbia)  

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 MPH-MS
Public Health / Law MPH-JD
Public Health / Veterinary Medicine MPH-DVM
Public Health DrPH
Graduate Certificate Program  
  Food safety (joint certificate with Department of Food Science)  
  Health Policy (joint certificate with College of Nursing)  


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://igsp.bus.utk.edu.


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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