For more than 50 years, the Master of Public Health program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has been a home for Volunteers passionate about making an impact through community health. We are renowned for the tight-knit relationships our students form with faculty, advisors, and peers, and the versatility of our course offerings.
Our online MPH provides prospective and established health professionals with access to the same quality of coursework and instruction as our residential program, with the added flexibility of virtual coursework. Online students have the opportunity to choose from concentrations in veterinary health and community health education, while building the same foundational competencies as their residential counterparts.
Community Health Education (CHE)
Learn to use appropriate educational strategies and methods to facilitate the development of policies, procedures, interventions, and systems conducive to the health of individuals, groups, and communities.
Veterinary Public Health (VPH)*
Explore the interaction among animal, human and environmental health (“One Health”) to expand upon the veterinary knowledge and skills you gained during your professional education.
*The Veterinary Public Health concentration is available only to veterinary students enrolled in a DVM degree program, graduate veterinarians, and licensed veterinary medical technicians (LVMT).
As an MPH student, you will select an APEx site that aligns with your individual career and educational goals. The Applied Practice Experience typically takes place during your last semester so that you can leverage the opportunity as an entry point into the public health sector. The hands-on experience is a unique professional preparation dimension of our online MPH, and will allow you to actively integrate theory and concepts in the real-world.
The Master of Public Health faculty are dedicated to bringing health in all communities, community in all places. For more information about the Online MPH faculty, please visit the faculty directory.
MPH Program Director and Associate Professor of Practice
Kathleen C. Brown received her doctoral and MPH degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has extensive experience in practice, research, and academia.
Jiangang Chen researches potential environmental impacts on human reproduction. Chen received his Doctor of Philosophy from UC - Davis and Master of Medicine from Beijing Medical University.
Samantha F. Ehrlich is a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist whose research focuses on pregnancy exposures, behaviors and outcomes related to obesity and diabetes in women and their children.
Assistant Professor of Practice
Mallory L. Gary has more than 20 years of public health experience with research interests in social health and spiritual health. She received her PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Julie H. Grubaugh established workshops, networking, and other opportunities, connecting MPH students with potential employers and alumni. She received her MPH in Community Health Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Jennifer M. Jabson Tree received her doctoral and MPH degrees from Oregon State University. Her research aims to document and reduce health inequity and health disparities among medically underserved groups. She specializes in addressing LGBTQ health inequities.
Kristina Kintziger is an environmental and infectious disease epidemiologist with experience in academia and practice. Kintziger received her PhD from the University of South Carolina and MPH from Emory University.
Laurie L. Meschke utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methodology in examining adolescent health. She most recently focuses on opioid use disorder and rape prevention education. Meschke received her graduate degrees from Penn State.
Chika C. Okafor is an epidemiologist whose research is focused on improving judicious use of antimicrobials in animals. He received his DVM from the University of Nigeria and his graduate studies from Michigan State University.
Assistant Professor of Practice
Jennifer Perion researches aging, including the needs of family and professional caregivers and the experiences of older adults with dementia. Perion received her PhD from the University of Toledo.
Assistant Professor of Practice and Applied Practice Experience Coordinator
Jennifer Russomanno received her doctorate and MPH from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research focuses on examining food inequities and insecurities in under-represented populations.
Marcy J. Souza researches zoonoses, food safety and wildlife health, overseeing the VPH concentration of the MPH program. Souza received her DVM from North Carolina State University and MPH & MPPA from University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Department Head and Professor
Thankam S. Sunil researches health disparities at the local and global levels. Sunil received his PhD from the University of North Texas and MPH from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center.
UT MPH students employed by their Applied Practice Experience site upon graduation
Agencies and facilities across 32 states have provided practice sites for UT MPH students
MPH graduates employed or pursuing higher education within one year of graduation
All MPH graduates demonstrate the following competencies.
These competencies are informed by the traditional public health core knowledge areas, (biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, health services administration and environmental health sciences), as well as cross-cutting and emerging public health areas. They are in compliance with the most recent criteria established by The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in 2016.