Welcome to the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Memphis!
This academic year brings many exciting changes. The School of Public Health is firmly
established, and many new faculty have joined our ranks. Two doctoral programs have
enrolled students (PhD’s in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology), and
a third doctorate in Health Systems and Policy is now accepting applications for Fall
2014. Enrollment in the MPH program has quadrupled over the past three years.
The MPH program has implemented concentration areas in the five core disciplines of
Public Health: Biostatistics; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Health Systems Management;
and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students may still elect to earn a generalist
MPH degree, as well. Two new formats facilitate student progress: the on-line MPH
and the “Fast Track,” one-year option. Our Public Health Student Association is strong.
Students engage in practicum experiences with over 10 community agencies, including
the Shelby County Health Department. MPH Practicum projects address salient public
health concerns, such as infant mortality, HIV prevention, childhood obesity, breastfeeding,
refugee health, social determinants of health, environmental justice, health communication,
emergency preparedness, and international health issues.
Student achievement is at a peak, with MPH students presenting their research at professional
conferences, assuming leadership positions in the Tennessee Public Health Association,
receiving summer research fellowships at the National Institutes of Health, landing
prestigious positions upon graduation, and being accepted into doctoral programs in
multiple Schools of Public Health.
The MPH program plays an integral role on campus, as well, working on issues related
to sustainability, student health, and emergency response. Our award-winning faculty
are recognized locally, nationally, and at the international level.
I am confident that you will find your academic experience enriching, and the field
of public health exciting, challenging, and fulfilling. We are pleased that you have
chosen to begin your public health career at the University of Memphis!
Mark D Hendricks, MHA
Director of Masters Programs
The University of Memphis
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