Dean's Message

Dean GurneyWelcome to the School of Public Health at the University of Memphis. Along with my colleagues, I appreciate your interest in public health and the exciting challenges facing our profession. The School offers graduate education, community practicum experience, and research training to develop your capabilities and address the growing need for independent researchers, and a professionally trained public health workforce.

The School of Public Health was newly formed in 2007 following approval from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. It builds on our successful programs, a Master of Public Health and an accredited Master of Health Administration degree. We offer areas of study in biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, health systems and policy, and health administration. Our faculty expertise is diverse and we have strong collaborations with local, national, and international partners that enrich our teaching, support research projects, and offer opportunities for graduate placements and research experience.

Our mission involves the translation of knowledge and research into community practice to tackle pressing societal problems of social and environmental justice, health disparities, unhealthy lifestyles, and accessible systems that support healthy living for individuals, families, and communities. We emphasize both discovery and application with the goal of moving "knowledge into action" locally, nationally and globally.

We invite you to join our faculty, students, staff, alumni, friends, and community partners as we continue to develop high quality and relevant academic training and research.


James G. Gurney, PhD