Blog Archives

The Journey Begins for the Second MPH Cohort

On August 15, 2019, the UTC Public Health program welcomed our 2nd outstanding cohort to campus. The class of 2021 consists of 13 individuals (eight women, five men) from a wide variety of educational backgrounds (linguistics, public relations, and psychology, to biochemistry, biology, and exercise science). Each student in the cohort adds an array of unique personal and professional experience, including the first Army Veteran to join the UTC

‘Closing the Gap’ at the Annual Minority Health Fair (MHF)

As part of the orientation process, our newest cohort of students participated in the 18th Annual Minority Health Fair (MHF) before even attending a day of class on campus! Over twenty MPH students, staff, and faculty joined to help provide 6,000+ attendees with free health screenings, health education information and educational resources. The MHF offers our students a unique opportunity to learn about the organizations in Chattanooga that offer

New Public Health Program Faculty Member

The Public Health program welcomes Dr. Amir Alakaam to the team! Dr. Alakaam has a Ph.D. in Nutrition and Food Systems, an M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics, and is also a physician with an M.B.Ch.B. in Medicine and General Surgery from Iraq. We are excited to have him as an Associate Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics in our Department of Health and Human Performance. Currently, he is teaching the

MPH Faculty Moving the Needle Forward Locally & Internationally

Dr. Dawn Ford and her team of second year MPH students, including Jaleesa Brumfield, Rosa Cantu, Zach North, and Kavina Patel, have been working diligently to raise awareness and test children for lead poisoning funded by the UTC Equity Fellows program. The team has been active in coordinating events across the community, including the Minority Health Fair & Cempa Health Fair, to help affected residents of Southside Chattanooga clean

UTC Representing at TPHA Annual Meeting

Fourteen UTC MPH students, staff and faculty and staff drove to Franklin, Tennessee to participate in the Tennessee Public Health Association (TPHA) Annual Conference on September 12, 2019. TPHA brings together professional leaders across the state and nation to address the most pressing issues facing Tennessee under the theme of “Managing Change: Opportunities for Public Health Impact.” The UTC Public Health program was in full force this year at

Community Partners offer MPH Students a variety of Experiences

UTC MPH students are required to complete two 30-hour ‘public health exposures (PHEs) as a part of their program of study. Through these experiences, our students observe and participate in public health settings across different sectors of our society. We value the role of our community partners and appreciate their support and commitment to help bridge instructional and experiential learning. After one year, our students have completed PHEs with

MPH Students Accepted to the TN AHEC Scholars Program

Congratulations to our MPH first year students who were recently selected as Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Scholars – George Carpenter, Ryan Ledford, Rose Loesser, and Taylor Moore. The Tennessee AHEC Scholars Program is an interprofessional training opportunity designed to prepare a diverse, culturally competent health care workforce that is representative of the communities it serves. The two-year program includes 80 hours of didactic preparation on topics such as

Future Events

American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting – November 2 – 6, 2019 (Philadelphia, PA). The UTC Public Health program is proud to announce that MPH second year students Mckenzie Gregg, Kim Reid, and Emma Sampson are presenting at the 2019 APHA Annual Meeting. In addition, Zach Farley, an APHA Student Assembly Member, received the 2019 Annual Meeting Student Scholarship Award and will moderate two oral sessions at the