Welcome from the Undergraduate President

Allison Foster Student WelcomeWelcome to East Tennessee State University's College of Public Health! My name is Allison Foster and I am the 2013-2014 undergraduate president of the Public Health Student Association (PHSA). PHSA is a student-led organization that gives all students in the College of Public Health and health-related fields the ability to meet other students, participate in community service, and develop themselves professionally. I am so happy that you chose ETSU and the College of Public Health, and I hope that I can help enhance your experience with us.

I am starting my fourth year at ETSU and double majoring in public health and math, with concentrations in community health and statistics. I discovered public health as a high school sophomore. I had always been interested in health and math, and my high school health teacher encouraged me to pursue epidemiology. Growing up in Jonesborough, Tennessee, I was aware that ETSU had the program I was looking for, and I have never regretted the decision to stay local.

The faculty and staff in the College of Public Health have provided me with numerous opportunities to develop myself personally and professionally. If there was one piece of advice I could give to you as an undergraduate student, it would be to get to know your professors. During my second semester at ETSU, I was invited to work on a grant in the college, and that has led to other opportunities to get involved and gain experience. Getting your foot in the door and your name out sooner will help you get the most out of your experience here, and it will also help you reach your personal and professional goals. The faculty and staff are very knowledgeable and willing to help; you just have to ask.

I have had the chance to work on revising the undergraduate curriculum for the undergraduate public health program. I am excited about the quality of the new program, and I believe it will benefit students in the future and give students experiences that will help in the job searching process.

If you have any questions or would just like to know more about getting the most out of your ETSU COPH experience, feel free to stop by Dr. Stoots' office (Lamb Hall 139), or email me at fosterad@etsu.edu; I would love to speak with you!

Allison Foster

Undergraduate President, Public Health Student Association

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