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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

Erlanger Health System’s Infection Prevention ILE Project

“For my Integrative Learning Experience (ILE), I was lucky enough to be able to partner with Erlanger Health System’s Infection Prevention department. Among many other responsibilities, the department tracks hand hygiene data for multiple Erlanger hospitals. This data is important because it can relate to rates of hospital-acquired infections. I came into the department right as they were transitioning to a new online database to track hand hygiene compliance,

Public Health & Occupational Therapy Collaboration

UTC Public Health and Occupational Therapy students partnered together as part of an interdisciplinary initiative to deliver the Matter of Balance (MOB) program. Public Health faculty member, Dr. Elizabeth Hathaway, partnered with Dr. Elicia Cruz and students from the UTC Occupational Therapy program as part of an interdisciplinary project to deliver an evidence-based program, MOB, throughout Chattanooga. MOB is an 8-session program, structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies

Providing Health Education at the Remote Area Medical (RAM) Clinic

MPH students facilitated health education sessions to hundreds of patients that attended the Remote Area Medical (RAM) Clinic in Camp Jordan, Tennessee on November 16th & 17th. The two-day event brought together nearly 400 volunteers to serve the needs of 931 patients seeking free medical, dental, and vision care. Overall, the RAM Clinic delivered over $500,000 in free treatment & services. Serving on the executive planning committee, the UTC Public

MPH-RDN Track Progress

UTC is currently seeking accreditation for a new program to prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in Fall, 2021. The proposed program will be a track within the current Master of Public Health Program. Students are encouraged to obtain a baccalaureate degree, complete required pre-requisite courses, take the GRE, and acquire experiences in the public health or dietetics fields. We appreciate your patience and eagerly look forward to the start of the

Public Health Events

Our program is looking forward to wrapping up Public Health Week, finishing the spring semester strong, as well as celebrating the first graduating MPH cohort – the 2020 Pioneers! National Public Health Week (NPHW) was April 6-12, 2020. The UTC Public Health Student Association (PHSA)  partnered with the UTC Healthy Mocs for a #MocsMakeMeals Challenge. The challenge invited the entire UTC community to share a healthy recipe tutorial on

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

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

Student Awards and Highlights of 2019 Spring Achievements

The spring was a very eventful and successful semester. A number of our students attended conferences, presented oral and poster presentations, acquired new jobs, traveled abroad and, most importantly, demonstrated hard work and dedication to UTC and the Public Health program. Special congratulations to the following students who were recently commended for their service, leadership, and academic accolades. Health & Human Performance (HHP) Outstanding Student Award Zachary Farley (presented

Public Health Week

Each year National Public Health Week is celebrated during the first week of April. The event is organized by the American Public Health Association (APHA), a non-government professional association for public health professionals that prides itself on influencing federal policy and bringing together members from all fields of public health. Public health week recognizes the significant contributions and highlights important public health issues. The UTC Public Health Student Association