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College of Public Health

Application Information

 

All graduate programs in the College of Public Health are nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

 

Doctoral students in the Community Health concentration will be exposed to a curriculum intended to prepare them for high-level careers in public health leadership and practice. Students will engage in concentrated coursework and experiences rooted in intervention design, theoretical modeling and survey development, advanced qualitative methods, systems thinking and community organizing. 

Through the Community Health concentration curriculum, students will address the following competencies:

  • Translate community and behavioral research into population-based programs and policies.
  • Employ the basic concepts of evidence-based decision-making to select and design effective and culturally appropriate intervention strategies by engaging community partners and policy makers.
  • Collaboratively develop capacity-building strategies at the individual, organizational, and community levels.
  • Translate health behavior theoretical models into public health interventions.
  • Translate theories, conceptual paradigms and evidence to inform planning, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of innovative, tailored public health interventions.
  • Facilitate the identification of health needs, interests, capacities and disparities of communities and special populations using principles and practices of community-based participatory research.
  • Conduct qualitative research using well-designed data collection and data analysis strategies. 

Graduates in this concentration are qualified to serve in a variety of leadership capacities at the local, state, national and international levels, enhancing the public’s health in both rural and urban settings. Examples of positions held by DrPH graduates in the Community Health concentration include: 

  • Vice President of Health Programs, Ballad Health
  • Founder, Executive Director & Clinical Team Leader, Playing to Live! Non-Profit Organization
  • Clinical Instructor, Department of Community and Behavioral Health, East Tennessee State University
  • Research Director, Department of Health Services Management and Policy, East Tennessee State University
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, Western Kentucky University
  • Assistant Professor & Director of BSPH Program, College of Health Sciences & Nursing, Belmont University
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Public and Community Health, Liberty University
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Behavioral Health, East Tennessee State University
  • Assistant Professor, Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment, East Tennessee State University
  • Director of Dental Operations, Mountain Health & Community Services, Inc.

Any questions about the Community Health concentration should be directed to Dr. Debbi Slawson at

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DrPH Handbook

DrPH Competencies

DrPH Field Experience Guidelines

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. 

Catalog Link

DrPH Handbook

DrPH Competencies

DrPH Field Experience Guidelines

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. 

Catalog Link

DrPH Handbook

DrPH Competencies

DrPH Field Experience Guidelines

 

PhD 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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