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Billy Brooks

Billy Brooks

Interim MPH Coordinator/Student Success Specialist

Master of Public Health

Program Admission Requirements: 
(Application priority deadline: February 1; Final deadline: June 1) 
Applications must be submitted through the SOPHAS application portal.

Admission to the graduate program in public health is based upon scholarship, letters of recommendation, and evidence of potential for success in a graduate program, including:

  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of  2.75
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The following exemptions may be made for the GRE:

  • Applicants who have earned a master's degree, medical degree or doctoral degree in the health sciences, or other applicable field from a regionally accredited U.S. institution are not required to submit GRE scores;
  • Official scores from the GMAT taken within the last 5 years may be submitted in lieu of the GRE.

The exemption does not apply to graduates of foreign institutions. All applicants who are graduates of foreign institutions are required to submit GRE scores. 

For additional information, please contact the Interim MPH Coordinator, Dr. Billy Brooks at  or 423-439-4647. You may also contact the respective graduate program housing your concentration of interest.

The College of Public Health will continue to review applications submitted up to the final deadline.  Students are admitted for the following fall semester.  Applicants to this program are required to use the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) which can be accessed at www.sophas.org.
 
*NOTE: When applying to SOPHAS, please use the ETSU College of Public Health GRE code: 7333. Official GRE scores and official transcripts from all Colleges and Schools attended will be accepted from SOPHAS. However, if these do not include a transcript with proof of bachelor’s degree, that transcript needs to be sent directly to ETSU School of Graduate Studies.

Students who are accepted to the ETSU MPH program will also need to send transcripts directly to the ETSU School of Graduate Studies.

The College of Public Health is a Coverdell Fellows Partner University.  More information on the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows program can be found at this http://www.etsu.edu/cph/pc_fellows.php.

Concentrations

Biostatistics
Program InformationBiostatistics is a quantitative field in which students learn how to collect, manage, and analyze public health data. This curriculum provides instruction in basic analytical methods and the use of statistical software.

Biostatisticians with advanced degrees can find positions in government, industry, and academia. The need for biostatisticians is mentioned in Objectives for the Nation and the Seventh Report to the President and Congress on the Status of Health Personnel in the United States.
Community Health
Program InformationCommunity Health affords the student the opportunity to learn how to interact with communities for the purpose of health education and promotion; how to develop and conduct health assessments and program evaluations; and the importance of establishing collaborative organizational and community partnerships.
Environmental Health
Program InformationEnvironmental Health prepares specialist who understand the interrelationships between chemical, biological, and physical factors in the environment, and social or organizational factors in the human community. Students will become proficient in the assessment of community environmental health needs by collecting, analyzing, and reporting appropriate data, and will develop expertise in investigating, monitoring, and managing, environmental problems that may have an impact on the public's health. This degree is offered through the Department of Environmental Health.
Epidemiology
Program InformationEpidemiology is the "basic science of public health," and as such epidemiologists are health professionals who study disease, illness, and injuries and attempt to determine: who becomes ill; why certain people are more likely to become ill: and how to prevent the spread of illness. Epidemiologists are public health professionals who investigate patterns and causes of disease and injury in humans. They seek to reduce the risk and occurrence of negative health outcomes through research, community education, and health policy.
Health Services Administration
Program InformationHealth Services Administration is a multi-disciplinary field that focuses on the accessibility, financing, and organization of the health care services and the development and implementation of public health policy.

The program is designed to prepare graduates to competently pursue their career paths or further their education. In addition to their coursework and field work, students have multiple opportunities to participate in on-going research projects and community service activities.  More information is available in this Question and Answer session.

Master of Science in Environmental Health

Program InformationThe Master of Science in Environmental Health is designed for students pursuing careers in Environmental Sanitation, Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, Occupational Health and Safety, Water Resource Management, Environmental Toxicology, and others.

 

Program Admission Requirements
  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  2. A 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  3. An acceptable score on the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  4. A minimum of 30 semester hours of natural and physical science courses, including at one (1) semester of general microbiology, one (1) year of general biology, and one (1) year of general chemistry; college algebra and trigonometry or higher math are also required.
  5. Three (3) letters of recommendation.

Admission is based on the GPA, GRE scores, quality of recommendation letters, strength of background (coursework, college attended, and work experience), and available space in the program. The department can grant conditional admission to candidates not meeting all of the minimum requirements. For example, work experience and letters of recommendation can be used to justify conditional admission for students not meeting one of the minimum requirements (e.g., GRE scores below what the department considers suitable). All applicants must submit an official transcript, GRE scores, and letters of reference before their application will be reviewed.

Graduation Requirements
  1. For the thesis option, a minimum of 30 semester credit-hours of courses and four (4) semester credit-hours of ENVH 5960 (Thesis). Thesis option students must complete and defend a thesis as approved by the student’s Graduate Advisory Committee. For the non-thesis option, a minimum of 36 semester credit hours of courses and a course-related research project. The research project must be completed as an additional requirement for a course within the graduate program and taught by the student’s major professor.
  2. All designated deficiencies must be removed prior to completion of the program. Degree Competencies
  3. The maintenance of a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Continuation of a student who earns below a 3.0 is based on the current academic regulations established by the School of Graduate Studies.
  4. Environmental Health Practice I (ENVH 5100) is required of all students who lack an undergraduate degree in environmental health.
  5. Seminar (ENVH 5910) must be completed during the first semester of residence.
  6. Pass a written comprehensive examination demonstrating core course competency (Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Toxicology, Environment Health Practice, and designated concentration). The examination must be taken in the final semester of the student’s program, and it will be administered on a designated date each year.

MSEH Degree Competencies

 

Graduate Certificates

A graduate certificate is 5 to 6 courses selected to provide career competency in that field of study. The Health Care Management Certificate and the Epidemiology Certificate are available fully online.  The Public Health Certificate is available fully online or on campus.  Courses in the Graduate Certificates can be applied towards their respective MPH degree, should the student choose to continue his/her education.

Biostatistics Certificate

Program InformationBiostatistics is a quantitative field focusing on collection, management, and analysis of public health data. Students in this field will learn the theoretical and practical aspects of designing and analyzing public health data.  Application deadlines are July 15 for Fall semester and April 15 for Summer semester. 



 Epidemiology Certificate

Program InformationEpidemiology is a field that examines and determines the reasons and causes of diseases and health-related outcomes in population groups. Students in this field will learn how to use public health data to evaluate and identify the causes and public health impact of different diseases. This certificate is available fully online.  Application deadlines are July 15 for Fall semester and April 15 for Summer semester. 


Gerontology Certificate

Program Information
Gerontology is the study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging. It is distinguished from geriatrics, which is the branch of medicine that studies the diseases of older adults. 



Health Care Management Certificate

Program Information
Health care management is multidisciplinary field of inquiry and practice concerned with the organization, financing, delivery and quality of health services for individuals and populations. This certificate is available fully online and mostly on-ground.  Rolling admissions: Students can start the program in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.



Public Health Certificate*

Program Information
Public Health explores community and health administration and policy issues while building a strong foundation in population health sciences, including epidemiology and environmental health.  This certificate is available fully online or on campus.  Rolling admissions: Students can start the program in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

*Federal financial aid is not currently available for this certificate.


Rural Health Certificate

Program Information
Rural Health studies individuals and rural communities through teaching, research, and service centering around social and behavioral factors associated with health status and behavior.

 

East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is currently authorized to offer online degree programs in states that are members of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Prospective students in any of SARA’s member states may apply to the Master of Public Health Online Program. Prospective students should check this site often for updates.

It is the student's responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements in their state of residence. For more information about SARA, please visit http://nc-sara.org/sara-states-institutions.​

 

Online MPH in Community Health

Program InformationCommunity Health affords the student the opportunity to learn how to interact with communities for the purpose of health education and promotion; how to develop and conduct health assessments and program evaluations; and the importance of establishing collaborative organizational and community partnerships.

 

Online MPH in Epidemiology

Program InformationEpidemiology is a field that examines and determines the reasons and causes of diseases and health-related outcomes in population groups. Students in this field will learn how to use public health data to evaluate and identify the causes and public health impact of different diseases. This certificate is available fully online.

 

Online MPH in Health Services Administration

Program InformationHealth Services Administration is a multi-disciplinary field that focuses on the accessibility, financing, and organization of the health care services and the development and implementation of public health policy.

The program is designed to prepare graduates to competently pursue their career paths or further their education. In addition to their coursework and field work, students have multiple opportunities to participate in on-going research projects and community service activities.

 

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After submitting the application, where do I need to send my transcripts?
 If the Admissions Committee recommends you for admission, the School of Graduate Studies will require require original transcripts for any in-progress degree.  Do not submit transcripts for an in-progress degree to ETSU until you have completed it. 

Where do I send my GRE scores?
Use the 7333 code, and they will be attached to
your application.

Is it possible to finish this program in a year?
 It is not possible to complete the MPH in one year. With full-time study, taking summer classes, and the field experience (internship), the earliest you could possibly complete would be one year plus one semester.

Is the MPH program offered part time?
Yes, and you can take up to six years to complete.

What concentrations are available 100% online?
Three Concentrations are available fully online: Epidemiology, Health Services Administration, and Community Health.

Can you start the MPH program in the Spring or Summer Term?
The program starts only in the Fall.

What is the deadline for submitting my SOPHAS application for the Fall Term?
February 1 is the preferred deadline for domestic and international applicants.  The international applicant deadline is May 1 and the domestic applicant deadline is June 1.

Are any Certificates offered along with the MPH?
Yes, we offer Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Gerontology, Health Care Management, and Rural Health. You may not pursue a graduate certificate in the same Concentration as your main program of study.

Are there any joint degrees?
Yes, the College collaborates with the Quillen College of
Medicine and the Gatton College of Pharmacy to offer MD/MPH and PharmD/MPH programs respectively. Where possible, we work with students with special interests to incorporate inter-professional coursework into their training program.

For more information, please contact Billy Brooks at 423-439-4115, or by email at mphcoordinator@etsu.edu .

 

MD/MPH Dual Degree Program

ETSU MD/MPH Dual Degree Program

Introduction

The Doctor of Medicine and Master’s of Public Health (MD/MPH) is a dual degree course of study that complements medical training of clinician-practitioners with additional in-depth training in public health. The Master’s of Public Health has five concentrations, all with competency-based curricula. Four of these concentrations were selected for the MD/MPH articulation program: Biostatistics, Community Health, Epidemiology, and Health Services Administration. Enrolled students will choose one of these concentrations.

Graduates of the MD/MPH dual-degree program will have a broader perspective on health, with a special focus on health promotion and disease prevention strategies. The public health training component strengthens the student-physician’s ability to conduct and interpret research. Students enrolled in the articulated program will develop knowledge and skills to address health and disease for the individual and the population levels.

Requirements:

Students in the dual-degree program will be held to the program of study, retention and graduation standards of each respective program. To be awarded both degrees, the students must complete the graduation requirements of both the MD and MPH degree programs. For example, all MPH students must take and pass a comprehensive examination covering the five basic public health disciplines following completion of the public health core classes. Dual-degree students will usually take the examination during spring term, following the first three years of medical school. Also, all MPH students must have a field placement experience that is non-clinical in nature. Dual-degree students will usually complete this field placement as a fourth year elective in medical school.

The articulation program minimizes redundancy of content between the MD and MPH degree programs, with 13 – 21 credit hours counted toward both degrees. The following links will provide details about the course equivalency in the program and the four different MPH degrees.

MD/MPH course equivalency tables

Admissions requirements

Admission to the MD/MPH dual degree program requires that students meet admission requirements of both the Quillen College of Medicine and the ETSU School of Graduate Studies MPH program. Students pursuing the MD/MPH are concurrently enrolled in both programs.

Applications to the Quillen College of Medicine MD program must be made through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) at www.aamc.org/students/amcas. Application requirements for the M.D. program are listed in the Quillen College of Medicine catalog at www.etsu.edu/com/sa/admissions/collegeinfo/catalog.aspx.

Applications to the MPH degree in the MD/MPH dual degree programs must be made through the ETSU School of Graduate Studies and submit:

  • A School of Graduate Studies application to the MD/MPH program, available here.
  • Payment of the School of Graduate Studies application fee.
  • A personal essay of 150-300 words detailing the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the MD/MPH program. 

Applicants seeking admission to the MD/MPH program, as part of the MPH admissions process, must send a letter to the Assistant Dean of Admissions of the ETSU Quillen College of Medicine (Box 70850) to permit release of AMCAS application information to the ETSU School of Graduate Studies. Additionally, prior to beginning the MPH admissions process, applicants must send a letter to the MPH graduate coordinator (Box 70623) stating intentions to pursue the dual degree program and discussing career goals.

Applicants to the MD/MPH program will be considered on an on-going basis. Admission to one program does not imply, nor affect, admission to the other program. Admitted students will receive two separate admission letters from the Quillen College of Medicine and the School of Graduate Studies. For Quillen students to be admitted and registered for classes in the ETSU MPH program, they must request that the College of Medicine send copies of their final transcripts and proof of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university to the ETSU School of Graduate Studies. Students in the articulated dual-degree program will be held to the retention and graduation standards of each respective program. To be awarded both degrees, the students must complete the graduation requirements of both the MD and MPH degree programs.

Contact:

For more information, contact:

MPH Coordinator, Master of Public Health program

College of Public Health
East Tennessee State University
PO Box 70623
Johnson City, TN 37604

423/439-4115 office
423/439-6570 fax

PharmD/Dual Degree Program

Introduction:

The Doctor of Pharmacy and Master’s of Public Health (PharmD/MPH) is an articulated dual degree course of study that complements clinical pharmacy training with additional in-depth training in public health. The Master’s of Public Health has five concentrations, all with competency-based curricula as required by CEPH. All five of these concentrations were selected for the PharmD/MPH articulation program: Biostatistics, Community Health, Epidemiology, Environmental Health and Health Services Administration. Dual degree applicants will choose one of these concentrations. All MPH students must take and pass a comprehensive examination covering the five basic public health disciplines following completion of the public health core classes. Students in the articulated PharmD/MPH programs of study will take the examination during summer term, following the third year of pharmacy school.

Graduates of the PharmD/MPH dual-degree programs will gain a broader perspective on health, with a special focus on disease prevention and health promotion strategies. The public health training component will strengthen the student’s ability to conduct and interpret research. Students enrolled in the articulated program will develop knowledge and skills to address health and disease for the individual and the population levels.
PharmD/MPH Dual Degree Admission Requirements

Admission to the PharmD/MPH articulated dual degree program requires that students meet admission requirements of, and be admitted by, the Gatton College of Pharmacy and be recommended for admission to the MPH program by the ETSU College of Public Health (for admission to the ETSU School of Graduate Studies). Students pursuing the PharmD/MPH will be concurrently enrolled in both programs. Applicants must hold a bachelors degree or higher. Though the published MPH program application deadline is March 1st, PharmD/MPH applications may be made at any time throughout the year. In addition, though the regular application process for the MPH requires that the applicant make their application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service, dual degree applicants for the PharmD/MPH program should not use that service and should follow the steps outlined below.

Applications to the Gatton College of Pharmacy PharmD program must be made through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) at http://www.pharmcas.org/. Application requirements for the PharmD program are listed on the Gatton College of Pharmacy website at: www.etsupharmacy.com/prospectivestudents/admissions/requirements/  

Applications to the MPH degree in the PharmD/MPH degree programs must be made through the ETSU School of Graduate Studies and submit:

  • A School of Graduate Studies application to the PharmD/MPH program, available through goldlink.etsu.edu.
  • Payment of the School of Graduate Studies application fee.
  • A personal essay of 150-300 words detailing the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the PharmD/MPH program.

Applicants seeking admission to the PharmD/MPH program, as part of the MPH admissions process, must send a letter to the Assistant Dean of Admissions of the Gatton College of Pharmacy, ETSU (Box 70414) to permit release of PharmCAS application information to the ETSU School of Graduate Studies. Additionally, prior to beginning the MPH admissions process, applicants must send a letter to the MPH graduate coordinator (Box 70623) stating intentions to pursue the dual degree program and discussing career goals.

Applicants to the articulated PharmD/MPH program will be considered on an on-going basis. Admission to one program does not imply, nor affect, admission to the other program. Admitted students will receive two separate admission letters from the Gatton College of Pharmacy and the School of Graduate Studies. For Pharmacy students to be admitted and registered for classes in the ETSU MPH program, they must request that the College of Pharmacy send copies of their final transcripts and proof of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university to the ETSU School of Graduate Studies. Students in the articulated dual-degree program will be held to the retention and graduation standards of each respective program. To be awarded both degrees, the students must complete the graduation requirements of both the PharmD and MPH degree programs, as scheduled.

For more information, contact:

Coordinator, Master of Public Health program

College of Public Health
East Tennessee State University
PO Box 70623
Johnson City, TN 37604

423/439-4647 office
423/439-6570 fax

Why the MPH at ETSU?

“Public Health is what we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions for people to be healthy.”
Institute of Medicine 1988


The Master of Public Health (MPH) program at East Tennessee State University offers remarkable and unique combinations of a high quality learning experience with multiple opportunities for practice, research, and community service. Students gain this experience in a
low-cost, safe, and beautiful, natural environment.

Well-established MPH Program - While the College was fully accredited in 2009, the MPH program has been continuously accredited since 2000. The program is competency-based and practice-oriented, while boasting over 175 affiliations with internship sites to facilitate students’ access to a wide range of organizational options for their field placement. There are also a large number of inter-professional and community-based courses.

Flexible On-ground/Online Program - Incoming students have the option of enrolling on a fulltime or part-time basis. While all five concentrations are available on campus, three
concentrations (Health Services Administration, Epidemiology, and Community Health) are available fully online. This allows distance students and working professionals to pursue the program completely online while continuing to work and/or care for their families. Online courses are delivered via cutting-edge technology with live streaming and video archiving of lectures, and students have the option of joining class live or asynchronously at their convenience.

High Quality MPH Program - While the program is rigorous, it is focused on student success.
The average GPA of graduates is ≥ 3.65 in recent years. Based on the 2013 Alumni Survey, the overwhelming majority of MPH graduates (96%) agreed that their MPH degree helped them achieve their professional goals, 96% agreed that the MPH training was relevant to their job,
and 92% reported satisfaction with their coursework. All (100%) of MPH graduates were employed within one year.

Affordable Tuition - Full-time tuition for academic year 2014/15 was $8,455 for in-state students and $21,109 for out-of-state students, which is significantly lower than tuition at peer schools of public health. Further, ETSU offers a discounted eRate for out-of-state students
enrolled in online programs.  The eRate is 55% of the out-of-state tuition. Students from select border counties in Virginia and North Carolina are eligible to receive the in-state tuition rate.

Scholarship and Assistantship Opportunities - The MPH program offers opportunities for graduate assistantships, tuition scholarships, and research assistantships for incoming students. In addition, ETSU’s Graduate School offers out-of-state scholarships, diversity
scholarships, international merit scholarships and others. For additional information please go visit the Graduate Studies Website.

Student Research, Support, and Community Involvement - The majority of funded research
projects (over 90%) in the College involve students, and over half of faculty publications and presentations include student co-authors. A low student-faculty ratio facilitates student advising, mentoring, and career counseling. The College has an exceptionally active student body. Student organizations within the College, such as the Public Health Student Association, the Tennessee Environmental Health Association, and the American Society for Microbiology
student chapter all offer a range of collaborative service learning opportunities to support students interested in community service and leadership.

Diverse and Qualified Student Body - One in five graduate students belong to a minority group, and one in five students is international. The average GPA of incoming MPH students was 3.4 (out of 4.0) in recent years.

Diverse and Qualified Faculty - Your faculty members have significant teaching, research and practice experience. Many faculty hold leadership positions in professional associations, and over one-half have advanced to tenure.

Beautiful and Safe Environment - Johnson City is in the Tri-Cities region of north east Tennessee. It is rated as one of the best small towns in the U.S. Only one hour from Asheville, NC, and one hour from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the area offers year-round
moderate weather, a picturesque countryside, and many outdoor recreational activities. There is easy access to interstate highways, airports, and major cities, including Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, NC, Nashville, TN, and many others.

Helpful Links

We encourage you to visit these websites to learn more about our eRate and scholarship
opportunities:
Discounted eRate
Graduate Scholarships
International Merit Scholarships

The Dean of the College of Public Health, Dr. Randy Wykoff, welcomes students with his support and encouragement. Message from the Dean

Your Next Step

There is clearly no other place that offers such a well-rounded, high quality educational experience at a fraction of the cost of most other schools. Now that you are ready to apply, please visit SOPHAS.org to begin the application process.

 

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