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PHSA involvement with the Center of Student Well Being and Hope House

This semester, The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) was involved in the #FreshCheck Virtual Scavenger Hunt put on by the Center of Student Well Being.  The hunt was centered around mental and physical health for college students. PHSA hosted the “Boost Booth”, a virtual booth discussing physical activity, participants heard from PHSA President, Taylor Moore and Secretary, Ashley Montgomery. PHSA was also represented during the Student Involvement Fair where

MPH Alumni Spotlight

MPH Alumni Zach Farley ‘20 was recently accepted and offered a full scholarship into University of Oregon’s Prevention Science PhD Program for the Fall of 2021. This will be a 4-year, research intensive degree program. Zach states, “The research interests I share with faculty members at University of Oregon is, in large-part, the reason I decided to accept the PhD position. Specifically, Dr. Liz Budd — my PhD advisor

Educate! At Home Learning Support Collaboration

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Master of Public Health is pleased to share the collaboration between Hamilton County Schools, UTC School of Education, UTC Institute of Teaching and Learning and WTCI PBS with the “Educate! At Home Learning Support” Initiative. The primary focus of the Educate! Channel is to provide learning opportunities while children are at home during this pandemic. The content presented will be shown up to

Career Advising Support

Are you unsure of what the future holds? Are there too many options to choose from and struggling to find your ultimate “dream” job? UTC’s Center for Career and Leadership is here to help! The goal is to provide UTC students and alumni with the confidence and skills to find your purpose, thrive in your career and contribute to your communities. There are many different services the Center offers

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Marissa McElrone

Dr. Marissa McElrone is an Assistant Professor in the MPH program at UTC in the Department of Health and Human Performance. She earned her PhD in Nutritional Sciences (emphasis in Community Nutrition) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) and a BS in Nutritional Sciences from Pennsylvania State University. She also completed a dietetic internship while at UTK and holds Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credentials. Dr. McElrone’s research focuses on

Launch of Public Health Alumni Association

Attention all UTC MPH Alumni! The Public Health Alumni Association (PHAA) will launch Spring 2021! This association will serve as a resource for all alumni to gather, engage in professional networking opportunities, learn about jobs/fellowships, receive UTC MPH Program updates, and learn about community and professional development opportunities in your area! We want to continue to support MPH gradates and their journey in public health! Be on the lookout

Virtual Graduation Celebration

On May 12th, we honored the first UTC MPH program graduating class – the 2020 Pioneers! The virtual event included messages from our leadership, a keynote guest speaker, MPH faculty farewells, and an opportunity to highlight accomplishments and hear from each Pioneer. Although the official UTC spring 2020 commencement ceremony was postponed until August 7, our graduates deserved a special moment to celebrate the attainment of their MPH degree. The

Conducting Contact Tracing

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department collaborated with the MPH program to perform contact tracing on positive cases in Hamilton County. To date, 15 MPH students have contacted dozens of Hamilton County residents who have been exposed to a patient that tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing is an essential disease control measure employed by local and state health departments for decades (CDC). The

COVID-19 Resources for Local Latinx

Layra Navarro-Flores, MPH 2020 graduate, is passionate about helping the local Latinx community. Layra knew that the undocumented Latinx populations would be disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and sought out opportunities to partner with local organizations to address these disparities and the needs of this population. To accomplish her goals, Layra partnered with Bridge City Community Church and Tennessee United to disseminate vital information to the undocumented Latinx community as

Erlanger Health – Infection Prevention

Megan Sloan, MPH 2020 graduate, partnered with the Erlanger Health System’s Infection Prevention Department to track hand hygiene data for multiple Erlanger hospitals. This data is particularly important because it can relate to rates of hospital-acquired infections. Megan felt honored to partner with Erlanger Health System’s Infection Prevention Department for her Integrative Learning Experience (ILE). Among many other responsibilities, the department tracks hand hygiene data for multiple Erlanger hospitals. Megan came into the