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College of Public Health

TBR approves new doctor of public health degree

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 Tennessee.

“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 public health.”

The program is set to begin following THEC approval.


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