Online Master of Public Health


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The online Master of Public Health program at UT 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 for 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 late June 2016, CEPH officially notified the MPH program that accreditation would be extended for seven years, which is the maximum term possible.

Accreditation was first achieved in 1969 with UT’s MPH program becoming the first program outside of a school of public health to receive this recognition. Since 1969, the program has been successful in securing extensions of accreditation 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 associated with accreditation. This recognition of quality, consistent with that of other accredited MPH programs, indicates that the professional preparation offered at UT has met the criteria defined by CEPH. Accreditation criteria have been updated over time to reflect the changing needs of the public health workforce and assure public health programs prepare students to meet the current and future needs of the workforce.

Our 2016 CEPH Self-Study Report is now available. Contact Associate Professor Kathleen Brown if you have any questions.


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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.

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