Master of Public Health - MPH
The School of Public Health is proud to have one of only 86 MHA programs in North America that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), and the only CAHME-accredited program in the State of Tennessee.
The program integrates academic rigor with real world solutions to promote healthy communities and environments, prevent chronic disease, and protect against disease spread. Our focus addresses urban and global health concerns, as well as advocacy for the underserved. The MPH Program has five areas of study: biostatistics; epidemiology; environmental health; health systems management; and social and behavioral sciences.
Program objectives are:
- Prepare future leaders in the field of public health by providing the highest quality education and practice opportunities in theories, approaches, methods, and other substantive issues pertinent to public health
- Create and nurture an environment conducive to interdisciplinary public health initiatives, with special emphasis on vulnerable populations who suffer disproportionately from illness and disability
- Pursue innovative and rigorous research on critical public health issues to prevent disease and injury, promote well-being, and foster overall physical and mental health
- Stimulate collaboration with the community to develop effective partnerships in combating the health challenges in our communities, city, state, and region
- Inform public policy, disseminate health information, and increase awareness of public health concerns through disease surveillance, needs assessments, and program evaluation.
MPH students are diverse. They have various backgrounds: medicine, nursing, dietetics, psychology, education, biology, chemistry, engineering, computer science, journalism, exercise science, social work, and others.
The MHA degree program educates students interested in preparing for or furthering careers in a variety of health care settings, including hospital, ambulatory care, and managed care organizations. The program combines interdisciplinary academic preparation with health industry experience.