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SPH Inaugural Award Ceremony and Harrison C. Spencer Award Celebration

May 3, 2024 - HCS Award CelebrationMay 3, 2024 – The UofM School of Public Health (SPH) hosted its inaugural award ceremony to recognize the great achievements of our faculty, staff, and students for their work at the school, in the community settings of Memphis, and beyond. Following the award ceremony, the SPH welcomed community partners and University of Memphis leadership to celebrate our receipt of ...

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Internship and Career Fair

Internship and Career FairOn Wednesday, April 3, 2024 - The UofM School of Public Health (SPH) hosted its Inaugural Career and Internship Fair under the direction of Jamecia Richardson, Coordinator of Experiential Learning and Career Services for the SPH. Later in the week, master’s students also attended an MPH Practicum Orientation session to gain insights into SPH practicum guidelines, eligibility, and ...

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UofM SPH to Receive 2024 Harrison C. Spencer Award

Logo of ASPPH-HCSFebruary 22, 2024 - "Our school has been named one of two recipients of the 2024 Harrison C. Spencer Award alongside East Tennessee State University College of Public Health!" dean Ashish Joshi said. "The ASPPH Harrison C. Spencer Award for Outstanding Community Service was created to honor Dr. Spencer, who had a long-standing commitment to principles of social justice with a focus ...

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REACT4EJ-TN is up and running

Logo of React 4 EJ, UofM SPHFebruary 2, 2024 - The Tennessee Office for REACT4EJ (REACT4EJ-TN), housed in the University of Memphis School of Public Health (UofM SPH), has started its operations. REACT4EJ (Resource for Assistance and Community Training in Region 4 on Environmental Justice) serves as EPA Region 4’s Environmental Justice (EJ) Center. REACT4EJ-TN offers technical assistance (TA) to communities and community-based organizations in Tennessee to address EJ and energy justice issues.

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DAV University signs MOU with University of Memphis School of Public Health

Dr. Ashish Joshi, Dr. Manoj Kumar, Dr. David Russomanno and Dr. Jasbir DhaliwalJanuary 29, 2024 - An international MOU was signed between DAV University, India, and the University of Memphis School of Public Health to facilitate sharing of innovative teaching methods and public health curriculum, offering joint academic programs, student/faculty development and exchange, collaborative research work leading to publications, fellowships and organization of joint workshops, and conferences.

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Research Initiative Supporting Excellence in early careeR development (RISER)

RISER Award - shaking hands.RISER funding is established by the Dean School of Public Health to support early-career faculty to develop innovative research projects leading to the pursuit of scholarly publications and extramural research funding. Eligible applicants include tenure-track or research track faculty members at the rank of Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Memphis. RISER projects may be funded up to an annual funding of $7500.

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Bringing Public Health Education to High Schools

Happy High School Students October 27 - December 6, 2023 - Schools can play a critical role in reducing health risks through the delivery of effective public health education. It can enhance understanding of concepts pertaining to population wellness to action that directly or indirectly enhances individual or community health. Youth should gain exposure to the skills of population thinking through public health education. However, it has yet to become an essential component of high school curricula. Public Health Education in High Schools will focus on critical thinking, science and digital literacy, youth empowerment, and ...

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University of Memphis School of Public Health recognized with Tigers Ascending to Excellence Award

Drs. Joshi, Jia and Titu recognized by President Hardgrave with the Tigers Ascending to Excellence AwardNovember 4, 2023 - In recognition of securing a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and RTI International, Drs. Joshi (Dean, University of Memphis School of Public Health), Jia (Professor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Environmental Health) and Titu (Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Environmental Health) were recognized by President Hardgrave with the Tigers Ascending to Excellence Award. They were also invited to serve as the honorary coach of the football game on Saturday, November 4 when the Tigers took on the University of South Florida at the Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium.


SPH CARES: Annual Report | August 2022 - June 2023

Cover of annual report 2022-2023October 4, 2023 - "The goal of the School of Public Health at the University of Memphis is to build an impactful School of Public Health that is committed to being a Community-engaged, Anchor Institute, offering Research-based solutions, supporting Entrepreneurship and innovation while remaining Student-centric (CARES)" says Dr. Ashish Joshi, Dean and Distinguished University Professor, UofM School of Public Health. This annual report from August 2022 - June 2023 highlights the many actions the school has ...

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UofM School of Public Health offering dual enrollment to high school students to address today’s public health challenges

Decorative imageSeptember 29, 2023 - Media Room - The School of Public Health at the University of Memphis recently launched an initiative to empower high school students in the Memphis community and beyond to solve public health challenges facing communities today. Following the 2022 rollout of its pilot project REAIM, which serves as a model for public health education in high schools, this semester the School of Public Health introduced a public health dual-enrollment opportunity for high school juniors and seniors. The initiative is among the first of its kind in the country. “This profession is for every student interested in how public health ...

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Dr. Laura Magaña speaks at Dean's Grand Rounds, September 2023

Dr. Laura MagañaSeptember 22, 2023 - The School of Public Health had the absolute pleasure to welcome and host Dr. Laura Magaña, President and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). She is also the founding President of the Global Network for Academic Public Health (GNAPH), an alliance of seven regional associations representing schools and programs of public health worldwide. Under her leadership, ASPPH has continued to advance academic public health by mobilizing the collective power of its members to drive excellence and innovation in education, research, and practice.

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Dean Joshi Speaks about SPH CARES on The President's Perspective - Vol. 24

Dean Joshi talking with the President Bill HardgraveSeptember 21, 2023 - University of Memphis President, Dr. Bill Hardgrave, invited Dean Joshi to speak on The President's Perspective - Vol. 24. In this installment, Dr. Joshi talks about the work that the School of Public Health is doing to build the Memphis Model of Public Health and shares the framework of SPH CARES.

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School of Public Health Faculty Recognition - Congratulations to Dr. Marian Levy!

Headshot of Dr. Marian LevyDr. Levy, DrPH, RD, FAND was awarded the 2023 Academician of the Year Award from the TN Public Health Association for being voted the top-rated academician in the organization!

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Inauguration of the Establishment of Public Health Club at the University High School by SPH, UofM

High school students and mentors at club launchSeptember 9, 2023 - Under the RE-AIM Public Health Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Sustainability (IDEAS) through the Lens of the Youth Initiative, the University of Memphis School of Public Health (SPH) led by the Dean of SPH, Dr. Ashish Joshi today led a Team to inaugurate the establishment of a Public Health Club, at the University High School, Memphis. The University High School, Memphis will be the model school and its members, the brand ambassadors of this Public Health initiative and the team seeks to extend this locally, nationally, and globally. Dr. Joshi explained that this ground-breaking initiative by ...

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PHSA at Student Involvement Fair

PHSA at Student Involvement Fair, August 28, 2023August 28, 2023 - The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) did a great job representing the School of Public Health at the University of Memphis Weeks of Welcome Student Involvement Fair on Monday, August 28!




Dean Joshi Speaks at Determined to be a Doctor Someday 2023 Symposium

Dr. Joshi Speaks at Determined to be a Doctor Someday SymposiumAugust 19, 2023 - Dr. Ashish Joshi, Dean of the School of Public Health, spoke on a panel with other local doctors to over 100 students at the Determined to Be A Doctor Someday Symposium. This annual event introduces high schoolers from underrepresented communities in Memphis and northern Mississippi career pathways in the health field. Dean Joshi and the other panelists answered questions about why they chose their field and what their motivation was and is. The students had the opportunity to experience the panel's wisdom and insight on how to persevere as they begin their own journeys. 

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First Meet-and-Greet social – Center for PH-IDEAS hosted 18 scholars from the SCHD

First Meet-and-Greet social – Center for PH-IDEAS hosted 18 scholars from the SCHDAugust 7, 2023 - The Center for PH-IDEAS, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded project, a collaboration between Memphis and Shelby County Health Department and University of Memphis School of Public Health, organized its first Meet-and-Greet social and hosted 18 scholars from the SCHD. Through this program, current health department employees will be trained and educated in public health to support public health workforce efforts here at the SCHD. ...

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International Collaboration of UofM SPH with IAPH

UofM and IAPH International CollaborationThe University of Memphis School of Public Health has entered into an international memorandum of understanding with the International Academy of Public Health based in Amman, Jordan.

Dr. David Russomanno, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost for the University of Memphis says of the agreement: "We are delighted to see the establishment of this MOU. Win-win strategic international partnerships are vitally important to growing the impact and visibility of The University of Memphis."


First International Educational Agreement

First International Educational AgreementThe School of Public Health and Panimalar Engineering College, Chennai, India have entered into an international education agreement, which will allow cross-cultural educational and institutional exchanges between the two institutions. Students working towards a degree at one institution will be able to take classes and participate in innovative initiatives at the other institution. The programs included are the Interdisciplinary Public Health Certificate program, Graduate Certificate in Population Health Informatics, and the Master of Science in Biostatistics with a Concentration on Data Science in Public Health certificate program.


Dean Joshi's Presentation at Tennessee Governor's School

June 26, 2023 - SMAART Presentation by Dr. Ashish JoshiDr. Ashish Joshi, Dean of the School of Public Health, presented his talk on A Population Health Informatics Approach to Advance Health Equity Using SMAART Model Across Glocal Settings. The audience was comprised of 60 of the brightest students across the state of Tennessee, who were participating in the Tennessee Governor’s School for International Studies, a 3-week intensive summer learning opportunity at the University of Memphis.

These programs provide challenging and intensive learning summer experiences for gifted and talented students who will be entering the 11th or 12th grade in the following disciplines: Agricultural Sciences, Arts, Computational Physics, Emerging Technologies, Engineering, Humanities, Information Technology Leadership, International Studies, Prospective Teachers, Sciences, Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage, and Scientific Models and Data Analysis.

UofM SPH Offers APHA Membership to All its Students

Logo APHAThe University of Memphis School of Public Health has offered APHA Membership to all its students.

The APHA is a professional development organization aimed at strengthening public health professionals in research and application. Giving current students access to this membership will support helping them to create solid a foundation and build collaborative community within the public health field.

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School of Public Health Welcomes Two New Senior Scholars

Headshots of 2 new senior scholarsAccomplished leaders from academia, industry, policy, and practice whose insight and expertise aligns with the public health mission of UofM SPH.

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Dr. Emmanuel Tsekleves
Dr. Daniel F. Sarpong


The Importance of Next Generation of the Public Health Workforce, University of Memphis SPH

Young students walking and talking in college campus.By Ashish Joshi, PhD, MBBS, MPH, Dean & Distinguished University Professor
The year 2020 witnessed several significant public health challenges, including the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, conflict and humanitarian emergencies, mental health issues, poverty, climate change, child and reproductive health challenges, misinformation and an infodemic. Globally, health systems were overwhelmed. Public health departments faced persistent challenges having inadequate staff, limited funding and a lack of data and technology infrastructures. 

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Graduate Certificate in Population Health Informatics - SPH Launched New Program

The Graduate Certificate in Population Health Informatics is designed to equip students with an in-depth understanding of informatics that supports the development of interventions addressing 21st century public health challenges. Students will acquire the skills necessary to apply technology at the intersection of clinical care and health sciences, strengthening preventive care at the population level. Upon graduation, it is expected that most students will work in fields related to public health, implementation science, and health technology innovations. Examples of employment titles graduates might hold include chief information officer, health informatics analyst, corporate health information officer, system analyst, project manager, system engineer, project developer, health informatics consultant, research associate, applied health informatics researcher, data analytics/data mining engineer, data sets/nomenclature and classification standards developer, and health information applications developer.


Master of Science in Biostatistics: Data Sciences in Public Health Concentration - SPH Launched New Program

In the era of large and high-dimensional data, the demand for biostatisticians trained in data sciences has increased dramatically. Our Master of Science in Biostatistics with a concentration in Data Science in Public Health teaches students to apply data analysis methods combined with machine learning skills to efficiently biomedical research data. Graduates of the program will be able to analyze large data using methods such as pattern detection and be proficient in data management and data mining. The program will prepare students for doctoral programs in related fields or employment in sectors such as research, government, or private industry.



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