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Online Master of Public Health


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The graduate public health program at UTK provides quality education and leadership to promote health in human populations through interdisciplinary instruction, research, and community service.

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Volunteer Spirit

The MPH program empowers students pursuing public health careers that focus on community health improvement. Our Volunteer spirit—the commitment to working hard for something larger than ourselves—and leveraging our talents, passions, and knowledge to help others in the community, are values central to our public health program.

Program Values


To engage in experiences that obligate a person to take responsibility for the public’s good, to recognize human dignity, and to value the worth of individual and collective behaviors.

Holistic Consideration

To emphasize a socio-ecological systems approach for understanding and promoting optimal health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.


To commit to the highest quality in teaching-learning, and in practice.


To advocate networking, partnering, consensus building, and participatory approaches for improving population health.


To recognize the benefits of diverse ethnic and cultural perspectives and prepare culturally competent public health professionals.


To promote equality of opportunity for individuals, families, and communities.

National Accreditation

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The University of Tennessee MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), which is the nationally recognized accrediting body for this discipline.

In 1969, our program became the first MPH program outside a school of public health to receive accreditation. For over 50 years, we have been successful in securing extensions of accreditation for the MPH through a self-study and review process that requires approximately two years to complete.

Program accreditation offers substantial value to students, alumni, faculty, and the university because of the distinction offered. This recognition of quality, consistent with that of other accredited MPH programs, indicates that the professional preparation offered at UTK has met the criteria defined by the council. These criteria have become more rigorous over time, requiring extensive documentation.

Our 2023 CEPH Self-Study Report is now available. Contact MPH Program Director and Assistant Professor of Practice Jennifer Russomanno via email if you have any questions.

Awards and Rankings

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2023 Best Accredited Colleges badge

At UT we have cultivated a legacy of excellence in education. Since 1794, we have made every effort to support students in their pursuit of knowledge and are renowned for our tradition of producing high caliber academic programs and graduates. Today, we commit to creating an exceptional learning environment for our community of Volunteers that meets the unique needs of each student, whether they are online or on campus.

In recognition of this effort, UT has been acclaimed as a 2022-2023 Military Friendly Silver School. The award ranking reflects our institutional dedication to upholding academic policies, a campus culture, and financial aid and assistance options in support of the military community. This is just one of many distinctions awarded to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

In addition, the online MPH program from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has been recognized as one of the top 30 “Best Online Master’s in Public Health Programs” of 2023 among colleges in the United States, according to the rankings by Best Accredited Colleges.1

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