UT Expands Online Portfolio with Master of Public Health Program

by Rebekah Goode
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MPH: Master of Public Health

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is expanding its online portfolio with Noodle, the nation’s fastest-growing network of online learning, to include a Master of Public Health from the Department of Public Health in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Along with the recently announced online Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Programs, the online MPH marks an important milestone in a partnership that is planned to grow to 10 online programs.

The online version of the Master of Public Health brings the same pedagogy, curriculum, and faculty expertise as the existing in-person program. This nonthesis professional preparation degree program offers working adults the opportunity to advance their education and careers—now without relocating to Knoxville.

“Public health impacts all of our lives,” said Thankam S. Sunil, head of the Department of Public Health. “Earning an online master’s degree in public health will give students the tools to promote science-based solutions to address many of today’s and tomorrow’s most pressing concerns locally and globally. The online MPH is designed for people from a variety of backgrounds who would like to earn a degree that can be used to improve lives and build healthy communities.”

“We share a passion and commitment for improving the health and well-being of diverse communities by preparing the workforce of tomorrow,” said Kathy Brown, MPH program director. “Public health is everywhere, and by going online we now have the opportunity to bring UT MPH excellence to those who cannot come to us.”

The MPH joins the recently announced online Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and a suite of online degrees in the Haslam College of Business, with additional online graduate programs planned for the future. UT continues to bring its renowned educational opportunities to adult learners who cannot attend classes on campus.

“The need for, and interest in, public health has skyrocketed during the pandemic,” commented Noodle CEO John Katzman. “The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will find a ready audience of current and future public health leaders by taking its MPH online, and Noodle is delighted to help launch and scale this program.”

For additional information about the program, email onlinemph@utk.edu.

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