We seek to engage students in applied, integrated experiences that equip them to take an active role in providing public health leadership within the communities they serve. As a program, we strive to promote health equity and reduce health disparities through community-engaged experiences and collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches with the ultimate goal of preventing premature disability and death from chronic diseases. 


Equipping public health leaders to prevent chronic disease through the promotion of healthy lifestyles and healthy communities.


Education and Training

  1. Actively engage in collaborative instructional initiatives, both within academic curricula and through service-learning activities.
  2. Incorporate public health into academic and health professional program curricula across the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.
  3. Enhance and/or develop new educational partnerships with units across both University of Tennessee campuses in Chattanooga.
  4. Recruit and enroll a high quality, diverse student body from multiple geographic, cultural, socioeconomic and professional background.
  5. Develop culturally competent graduates adept at working with diverse communities and addressing public health issues through a multidisciplinary lens.
  6. Develop leaders capable of transforming and advancing the health of the communities that they serve.

Community Engagement

  1. Foster sustainable, compassionate community partnerships through service, research and training.
  2. Support and enhance community engagement through academic, professional and community service to address issues related to chronic disease prevention in Chattanooga, the local region and throughout Tennessee.
  3. Serve as a resource to the general public on issues related to chronic disease prevention and control through lectures, workshops and community events.
  4. Engage local stakeholders and organizations in creating a bi-directional learning partnership that leverages the expertise of community partners and is conducive to achieving optimal health.


  1. Deliver ethical service and leadership to advance population health at a local, regional, national and global level.
  2. Provide substantive services and workforce development training to local and state agencies.
  3. Train the next generation of public health professionals to address the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases through innovative, systems thinking.
  4. Participate in mutually beneficial, collaborative partnerships towards the achievement of common public health goals.
  5. Integrate evidence-based practices into health settings for the prevention and control of chronic diseases.

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