NASHVILLE – During its quarterly meeting
today (Friday, June 30), the Tennessee Board of
Regents gave East Tennessee State University the
approval for a new doctor of public health
(Dr.P.H.) degree program. The proposal will now be
sent to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission
for final authorization.
Once approved, the Dr.P.H. program will be housed
within ETSU’s new College of Public Health.
The curriculum will have a primary focus on
community health and will prepare graduates for
administrative roles in the public health industry
at the national and international levels, as well
as in urban and rural settings.
It is one of two new doctoral programs recently
approved by the TBR that will be offered by
ETSU’s College of Public Health, which is to
be the first freestanding public health school in
“Our graduates will be trained for
leadership positions in education, research,
government, policymaking and health
administration,” said Dr. Randy Wykoff, ETSU
dean of Public and Allied Health. “Their
mission will be to facilitate the achievement of
disease prevention and health promotion objectives
for the state and the nation.
“The need is particularly acute here in
Tennessee, which in 2005 was ranked by the United
Health Foundation as 48th in the United States in
The program is set to begin following THEC