Dean's Message

Randy Wykoff and Family on the Pigeon River in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee (Gregory Wykoff, alumnus of the College of Public Health, and current student at the Quillen College of Medicine, spent his college summers as a professional rafting guide in the Smoky Mountains.)

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University.

While we are a fully accredited school of public health, we believe that we offer a definably different approach to the educational process.  Specifically, in each of our programs, we strive to achieve three distinct attributes:

1. Student Centered.

We are strongly committed to assuring the quality of the “student experience.”   We are committed to, we recognize, and we reward, excellence in teaching. The size of our program facilitates a high level of student- faculty interaction and enhances hands-on involvement with community service and research projects.

You will find our costs are among the most competitive in the country. With opportunities for graduate assistant funding, out-of-state scholarships, and special rates for on-line students, we are committed to providing a world-class product at an affordable price.

2. Community Focused.

Starting with an undergraduate major in health education in 1933, and hosting the nation’s oldest EHAC- accredited environmental health program, the college has a long history of addressing the health challenges of people living in rural areas, especially those in central Appalachia.

Ranging from an innovative student-led approach to academic health departments to student leadership in establishing an on-campus  farmers market to a commitment to using the ‘community as classroom” the college remains committed to keeping the “public” in “public health.” 

3. Real-World Tested.

We have a very strong commitment to assuring that our programs really prepare students for the current and future job market.  We regularly survey our alumni, our graduating students, our preceptors, and employers  and collect data from leaders in each of our professional disciplines

    • In the last employer survey, 100% ranked our graduates as “high” or “highest” in overall competence in their field of study;
    • In the last 3 alumni surveys, 96% of over 200 alumni rated their satisfaction with their educational experience as “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied.”;
    • Almost 250 preceptors, who oversaw our student internships over a five year period, ranked our students with a composite score of 4.7 out of 5.0 for a range of cross-cutting skills;
    • In the most recent alumni survey, 98.5% of the previous graduating class reported that they were in a job or in graduate school at the time of the survey.  Of those in a job, 85% of undergraduates and 96% of graduate alumni reported that their job was health related.

Our over-arching vision is to be “The school of choice for students who want an exceptional educational experience in a world-class environment”

“World-class environment” not only defines the working culture of our college, it also includes the remarkably beautiful lake and mountain region of northeast Tennessee and central Appalachia, proving that excellent academics can go hand-in-hand with an outstanding quality of life.

There has never been a more important time to address the public health challenges of the region, the nation, or the world. I applaud you for your commitment to improving the health and the lives of other people, and wish you the very best for the future.

If you have any questions, please give us a call, or, better yet, pay us a visit.

Best wishes,

Randy Wykoff, MD, MPH &TM
Dean, College of Public Health