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Fall 2018 Community Health

Christopher Dumas

Christopher Dumas

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Leah Ferguson

Leah Ferguson

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Dumisa Nyarambi

Dumisa Nyarambi

CV (PDF)

Fall 2018 Epidemiology

Christian Nwabueze

Christian Nwabueze

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Fall 2018 Health Management and Policy

Paezha McCartt

Paezha McCartt

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Glory Okwori

Glory Okwori

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Fall 2017 Community Health

Erin Mauk

Erin Mauck

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Anthony Peluso

Anthony Peluso

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Fall 2017 Environmental Health

Mercy Aula

Mercy Aula

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Fall 2017 Epidemiology

Elaine Loudermilk

Elaine Loudermilk

CV (PDF)
Ogbebor Omoike

Ogbebor Omoike

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Fall 2017 Health Management and Policy

Mai Mohammed

Mai Mohammed

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Amy Weber

Amy Weber

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Fall 2016 Community Health

Sam Bailey

Sam Bailey

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Ashley Cano

Ashley Cano

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Kiriinya Mwirigi

Kiriinya Mwirigi

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Kristy Turner

Kristy Gagnon

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Fall 2016 Epidemiology

Eunice Mogusu

Eunice Mogusu

CV (PDF)

Fall 2015 Community Health

Gabrielle Caldara 

 

Gabrielle Caldara, DrPH (alumna) 

 

Currently: 

Dissertation: Exploration of Rape Myths Among Former Military Professionals

 

Olivia Egen

Olivia Egen

CV (PDF)
Taylor Dula

Taylor Dula

CV (PDF)
Angela Hagaman

Angela Hagaman

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Sam Pettyjohn

Samuel Pettyjohn

CV (PDF)

Fall 2015 Environmental Health

Emmanuel Odame

Emmanuel Odame

CV (PDF)

Fall 2015 Epidemiology

Candice Collins 

Candice Collins, DrPH (alumna) 

Currently: 

Dissertation: HIV-Related Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors in Two Low Resource Settings

Ifeoma Ozodiegwu

Ifeoma Ozodiegwu

CV (PDF)


Fall 2014 Community Health

Tosin Ariyo

Oluwatosin Ariyo, DrPH (alumna) 

Currently: ORISE Fellow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dissertation: Correlates of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Acceptance in Appalachian Tennessee
 

 

Alexis Decosimo

Alexis Decosimo, DrPH (alumna) 

Currently: Executive Director and Art Therapist, Playing to Live!

Dissertation: The Evaluation of a Psychosocial Expressive Arts Program in Liberia During the Ebola Epidemic

Stephanie Mathis

 

Stephanie Mathis, DrPH (alumna) 

 

Currently: Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment

Dissertation: Prescription Drug Abuse and Provider-Patient Communication: A Qualitative Analysis of the Perspectives of Prescribers and Patients

 

Fall 2014 Environmental Health

Dennis Gilfillan

Dennis Gilfillan

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Joseph Kusi

Joseph Kusi

CV (PDF)

 Fall 2014 Epidemiology

Abraham Alhassan

Abraham Alhassan, DrPH (alumnus) 

Currently: Trauma Research Specialist, Grand Strand Medical Center

Dissertation: Assessment of Social, Dietary and Biochemical Correlates of Cardiometabolic Risk in Pre-adolescent Hispanic Children
 

 

Shaoqing Gong

Shaoqing Gong, DrPH (alumna) 

Currently: 

Dissertation: An Epidemiological Study of Obesity Among Asian Americans in California, United States

 

Julie Obenauer-Motley

Julie Obenauer-Motley, DrPH (alumna) 

Currently: Senior Statistician, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Dissertation: The Increasing Risk of Vector-Borne Diseases: Mapping the Effects of Climate Change and Human Population Density on Future Aedes aegypti Habitats

 

Ruby Yadav 

Ruby Yadav, DrPH (alumna) 

Currently: 

Dissertation: Context, Delivery, and Providers’ Perspectives of Family Life Education in TN, USA

Fall 2013 Community Health

Carter Florence

Carter Florence

Currently: Director, Strategy and Impact, Meals on Wheels America

Beth O'Connell

Bethesda O'Connell, DrPH (alumna)

Currently: Assistant Professor, Public and Community Health, Liberty University

Dissertation: 
Biosand Water Filter Evaluation: Meta-Evaluation and Pilot Study of Field Use Indicators

 
Fall 2013 Epidemiology

Yang Chen

Yang Chen, DrPH (alumna) 

Currently: ORISE Fellow,
Chronic Viral Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dissertation: 
An Epidemiological Study of Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among U.S. Population 

 

Daniel Owusu

Daniel Owusu, DrPH (alumnus)

Currently: Postdoctoral Research Associate, 
Georgia State University Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (GSU TCORS)

Dissertation:
Assessing Adult Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Low-and-Middle Income Countries: Analysis of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey Data, 2009 – 2012

 

Fall 2012 Community Health

Jenna Middlebrooks

Jenna Middlebrooks, DrPH (alumna)

Currently: Director of Dental Operations, Mountain Health and Community Services 
Dissertation: 
Trends in Early Childhood Caries Rates in the Nashville Area Indian Health Services Tribes

Janice Greene

Janice Greene, DrPH (alumna)

Currently: Decommissioning Program Manager, Babcock & Wilcox

Dissertation: 
Phenomenological Study of the Lived Experiences of Appalachian Spouses of Combat Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Megan Housenick-Lee

Megan Housenick-Lee, DrPH (alumna)

Currently: MRI Technologist, Wellmont Health System

Dissertation: 
Social-Ecological Factors Affecting Patient Shield Use Among Radiologic and Computed Tomography Technologists

Paula Masters 

Paula Masters, DrPH (alumna)

Currently: Vice President of Health Programs, Ballad Health

Dissertation: Evaluating Socially Determined Health in Rural Appalachia: Use of the Social Quality Theory


Fall 2012 Environmental Health

Chris Green

Chris Green

CV (PDF)

Fall 2012 Epidemiology

Billy Brooks

Billy Brooks, DrPH (alumnus)

Currently: Interim MPH Coordinator/Clinical Instructor, ETSU College of Public Health

Dissertation:
Rural Opioid and Other Drug Use Disorder Diagnosis: Assessing Measurement Invariance and Latent Classification of DSM-IV Abuse and Dependence Criteria

 

Malendie Gaines

Malendie Gaines, DrPH (alumna)

Currently: HIV Prevention in Communities of Color Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dissertation: 
The Influence of Race and Gender on HIV Risk Behaviors in High School Students in the Southern States of the United States

 

Marc Stevens

Marc Stevens

CV (PDF)

Fall 2011 Community Health

Cindy Phillips

Cindy Phillips, DrPH (alumna)

Currently: Director of Education and Infection Control - Covenant Health 

Dissertation:
Psychological and Sociocultural Influences of Current and Historical Intimate Partner Violence in Pregnancy

Michelle Reece

Michelle Reece, DrPH (alumna)

Currently: Assistant Professor, College of Health and Human Services, 
Department of Public Health - Western Kentucky University

Dissertation: 
Prostate Cancer and PSA Testing: Implications of Provider-Patient Communication and Shared- Decision Making on National Screening Recommendations

Colleen Scott

Colleen Scott, DrPH (alumna)
Epidemic Intelligence Service, Class of 2014

Currently: Behavioral Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Immunization Division

Dissertation:
Evaluation of Key Components of Draft Guidelines for the National Weather Service TsunamiReadyTM Community Program

 

Rachel Ward

Rachel Ward, DrPH (alumna)

Currently: World Medical Mission (Togo)

Dissertation:
Examining the Influence of Farmers' Market Motivations on Access to Healthful Foods and Business Opportunities for Farms

 

Christian Williams

Christian Williams, DrPH (alumna)

Currently: Assistant Professor and Director of Public Health Program, College of Health Sciences & Nursing, Belmont University

Dissertation: 
Assessing Health Department Readiness for Public Health Accreditation through Quality Improvement


Fall 2011 Epidemiology

Kate Callahan-Myrick

Kate Callahan-Myrick, DrPH (alumna)

Currently: Chronic Disease Epidemiologist, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Dissertation:
Assessing the Social and Ecological Factors that Influence Childhood Overweight and Obesity


Fall 2010 Community Health

Emma Apatu

Emma Apatu, DrPH (alumna)

Currently: Assistant Professor, Public Health, University of North Florida

Dissertation: 
Human Response during the September 29, 2009, South Pacific Earthquake and Tsunami in American Samoa

 

Twanda Wadlington

Twanda Wadlington

Currently: Public Health Professional and Consulting, TDW Consulting Services

Dissertation: 
Access to Healthy Foods: A Descriptive Analysis of Farmers’ Markets, Food Deserts & USDA Food Assistance Programs in Tennessee Census Tracts

Fall 2010 Epidemiology

David Blackley

David Blackley, DrPH (alumnus)
Epidemic Intelligence Service, Class of 2013

Currently: Research Epidemiologist, Surveillance Branch, Respiratory Health Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Dissertation: Examining Stage at Diagnosis and Survival in Three Cancers with Definitive Screening Guidelines for Average-risk Adults: The Role of Marital Status

 

Nicole Holt

Nicole Holt, DrPH (alumna)

Currently: Assistant Professor, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Dissertation: An Investigation of the Relationship Between Child, Family, and Community Factors and Early Childhood Oral Health and the Utilization of Dental Health Services


Fall 2009 Community Health

Katie Baker

Katie Baker, DrPH (alumna)

Currently: Assistant Professor, ETSU College of Public Health

Dissertation:
Preventing Skin Cancer in Adolescent Girls Through Intervention with Their Mothers

Kasie Richards

Kasie Richards, DrPH (alumna)

Currently: Training and Exercise Specialist - Disaster Cycle Services, American Red Cross

Dissertation:
As the Crow Flies: An Underrepresentation of Food Deserts in the Rural Appalachian Mountains

 

Jodi Southerland

Jodi Southerland, DrPH (alumna)

Currently: MPH Coordinator, Clinical Instructor, ETSU College of Public Health

Dissertation:
Health-Related Quality of Life and Future Care Planning Among Older Adults: Exploring the Role of Hope as a Moderator


Fall 2009 Epidemiology

Megan Quinn

Megan Quinn, DrPH (alumna)

Currently: Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, ETSU College of Public Health

Dissertation: 
Exploring the Unique Characteristics of Cancer in Adolescents and Young Adults in Tennessee

 

Phani Veeranki

Phani Veeranki, DrPH (alumnus)

Currently: Faculty, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Texas, Medical Branch

Dissertation:
Advancing Global Tobacco Control: Exploring Worldwide Youth Attitudes and Behaviors toward Tobacco Use and Control


Fall 2008 Community Health

Grace Tettey

Grace Tettey, DrPH (alumna)

Currently: Adjunct Faculty, ETSU College of Public Health

Dissertation: 
Exploring the Role of Religiosity on Suicidal Ideation: A Study Among a Population-Based Sample of Adolescents in the United States


Fall 2008 Environmental Health

Lok Pohkrel

Lok Pokhrel, PhD (alumnus)

Currently: Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health (CHPSW), Temple University

Dissertation:
Evaluation of Colloidal Stability and Ecotoxicity of Metal-based Nanoparticles in the Aquatic and Terrestrial Systems


Fall 2008 Epidemiology

Liang Wang

Liang Wang, DrPH (alumnus)

Currently: Associate Professor of Epidemiology, ETSU College of Public Health

Dissertation:
Effects of Maternal Depression on Childhood Overweight and Obesity: Findings from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study.

Tim Crowder

Tim Crowder

CV (PDF)


Fall 2007 Community Health

Robert Blackwell

Roger Blackwell, DrPH (alumnus)

Currently: Adjunct Faculty, ETSU College of Public Health

Dissertation: 
Health Service Utilization and Stigma among HIV-Positive Men-Who-Have-Sex-With Men (MSM) in Rural Appalachia

Melissa Neal

Melissa Neal, DrPH (alumna)

Currently: Criminal Justice Planning Manager, Mecklenberg County Criminal Justice Services

Dissertation: 
Evaluating the School Performance of Elementary and Middle School Children of Incarcerated Parents.


Fall 2007 Epidemiology

Nash Aragam

Nash Aragam, DrPH (alumnus)

Currently: Senior Analyst, Policy, Planning and Assessment Division, Tennessee Department of Health

Dissertation:
Genome-Wide Association Analysis of Major Depressive Disorder and Its Related Phenotypes.

La'shan Taylor

La'Shan Taylor, DrPH (alumna)
Epidemic Intelligence Service, Class of 2009

Currently: Senior Epidemiologist and Researcher, Foundation for Professional Development

Dissertation:
Assessing Health Status, Disease Burden, and Quality of Life in Appalachia Tennessee: The Importance of Using Multiple Data Sources in Health Research.


Fall 2006 Environmental Health

Kimberlee Hall

Kimberlee Hall, PhD (alumna)

Currently: Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Program, Western Carolina University

Dissertation:
Application of Multivariate Statistical Methodology to Model Factors Influencing Fate and Transport of Fecal Pollution in Surface Waters

Doctor of Public Health

The Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) program offers an advanced professional degree designed for those who wish to pursue or further their career in public health practice. It prepares practitioners with competence in administration, advocacy, problem solving, research, and communication. Graduates are qualified to serve in a variety of leadership capacities at state, national, and international levels, enhancing the public’s health in both rural and urban settings. Three areas of concentration currently exist within the degree - community healthepidemiology, and health management and policy.

Program Admission Requirements

Application to the program is made through SOPHAS, the online application service for Schools of Public Health. If the admissions committee recommends an applicant for admission, the applicant will be notified and a supplemental application will be needed for the ETSU School of Graduate Studies.  Admission to the Doctor of Public Health program is competitive and based on scholarship, letters of recommendation, and evidence of potential success.

Required elements for application include:

  • Evidence of successful completion of an MPH or equivalent degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning in the United States, or equivalent institution.
  • SOPHAS application
  • Official transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate work to SOPHAS.
  • A personal essay that includes a written statement of career and educational goals, professional experience, and prospective area of interest for the dissertation.
  • Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past 5 years (except for those with a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution within the United States). Preferred scores are at or above the 50th percentile for verbal and quantitative sections.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can acknowledge the applicant’s academic, professional, or personal achievement, competence, ethics, and potential.

DrPH Handbook

DrPH Competencies

DrPH Field Experience Guidelines

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Environmental Health 

 

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Environmental Health is not accepting new students for the foreseeable future.

The purpose of the Environmental Health Sciences Ph.D. Program is to promote the environmental health sciences, and identify, prevent, and manage disease and injury. This purpose will be fulfilled through dedication to higher (doctoral level) education and training, distinction in research, innovation in policy development, and improvement of health strategies.

 

 

 

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