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The Master of Public Health degree is a two-year program offered through the Department of Health and Human Performance. There is currently once concentration; Community Health. This option offers students invaluable breadth of public health related knowledge, training and skills set needed to optimize career opportunities at the local, state, regional, national and global level. The program via in-built flexibility accommodates both traditional and non-traditional students while ensuring that all graduates are well grounded in the core competencies of public health.

Students typically enroll in the program from a variety of backgrounds. Students may choose the thesis option or complete a six-credit hour internship as part of the non-thesis option.​


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Mrs. LaShan Dixon

Living and Breathing Community Health

Former Miss Middle Tennessee Blue Raider, Mrs. LaShan Dixon uses her many skills developed at MTSU in her personal, professional and pageant world. While at MTSU she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management, Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, and her Master’s degree in Health and Human Performance (now MPH). Professionally, LaShan works as the Assistant Public Health County Director for the Rutherford County Health Department. In 2017, as Mrs. Tennessee United States she was honored to receive a proclamation from the Murfreesboro City Mayor as well as from the Rutherford County Mayor who proclaimed December 4th as LaShan Mathews Dixon Day for her professional and personal commitment to improving the quality of life for others in the community. She is the founder of Walking with a Purpose and Co- Founder of H.O.P.E. Every day (Helping Other People Excel Every day) with her husband, Lamar. “Throughout my life, I have made every effort to demonstrate personal and professional excellence in all that I do,” says LaShan.  

LaShan is very active with a number of community organizations including serving as Graduate Advisor for the Eta Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at MTSU, Board Examiner for the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence, Resolutions Committee Chair of Tennessee Public Health Association, Board Member of the Prevention Coalition for Success Committee, Board Member of the Heart of Tennessee American Red Cross, and Member of the Community Wellness Council of Rutherford County. LaShan has been a leader in the Rutherford County community for more than 10 years, hosting multiple community events while contributing towards several grants for women and underserved populations.

Dr. Chandra R. Story, MCHES

Providing Culturally Appropriate Public Health Interventions

Dr. Chandra R. Story, MCHES, an associate professor of Community and Public Health at MTSU, has worked in both the behavioral sciences and allied health sectors. She served as a state grant project coordinator and Communications Manager for the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on the topics of youth suicide prevention and mental health. During that time, Dr. Story partnered with parents to develop award winning social marketing programs. She has also worked as a licensed clinical medical technologist in diverse settings across five states and has international public health experience. Dr. Story’s work as an evaluator includes mental health and HIV advocacy programs. 


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A Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is considered the calling card for practicing public health professionals. According to the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), an estimated 250,000 more public health workers will be needed by 2020. The MPH degree is the ideal route to gain the necessary knowledge, training and skills set for employment in public health. Our graduates are well-poised and prepared for careers in public health in a variety of settings at the local, state, national and international levels; whether within public or private sectors. In general, occupational options for MPH graduates include, but not limited to:

  • Health Education Specialist
  • Public Health Officer
  • Epidemiologist
  • Biostatistician
  • Policy Advisor
  • Program Analyst
  • Program Evaluator
  • Health Services Manager
  • Program Director
  • Project Coordinator
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Lifestyle Coach
  • Behavioral Scientist
  • Environmental Scientist

Graduate

A Master of Public Health (MPH) with concentration in Community Health is one of three master’s degrees available from MTSU’s Department of Health and Human Performance.

Applicants must have

  • a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college;
  • an acceptable grade point average (GPA) in all college work taken;
  • acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS  tab above.

Other degree programs offered by HHP

The Health and Human Performance Department also offers an M.S. in Exercise Science and an M.S. in Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Management, with concentrations in Sport Industry and in Recreation and Leisure Services.

A doctoral program leads to the Ph.D. in Human Performance degree, with specializations in Exercise Science, Health, Kinesmetrics, Leisure Studies, or Physical Education.

Undergraduate majors in the department can attain a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Athletic TrainingExercise ScienceCommunity and Public Health (concentrations in Community and Public Health or Health Education and Lifetime Wellness); Leisure and Sport Management; or Physical Education. Both a B.S. and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree are available in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

The department offers undergraduate minors in Athletic Coaching and Officiating, Driver and Traffic Safety Education, Health, Health and Physical Education, Health and Human Performance, Recreation, and Somatic Movement Education, and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. 

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Public Health, Community Health Concentration, M.P.H.

Andrew Owusu, Program Director
(615) 898-5878
Andrew.Owusu@mtsu.edu

The Public Health program with a concentration in Community Health offers preparation for a wide range of roles and settings within the public health arena, including non-governmental and governmental agencies at international, national, state, and local levels.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions will be made after reviewing all materials and determining the applicant's capacity, suitability, and preparation for graduate study. Admission decisions are based upon consideration of a number of criteria which are believed to indicate a high potential in the graduate program.

Admission to the Master of Public Health (MPH) program requires

  1. An earned bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college. The candidate must have earned undergraduate prerequisites of at least 18 semester hours in public health or health and human performance professional courses or have a baccalaureate degree in an area determined by the admissions committee to be related to the competencies required in the field of public health;
  2. An acceptable grade point average (GPA) in all college work taken;
  3. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with acceptable scores. GMAT or MCAT scores can be considered in lieu of the GRE. Successful applicants to the Master of Public Health program typically have scores on the GRE Verbal and Quantitative measures which exceed 146 and 140 respectively with a total combined score that exceeds 286. The Analytical Writing Assessment score is also considered.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Application deadline: Applications for Summer/Fall admission must be complete by February 1, and applications for Spring admission must be complete by October 1. Late applicants who meet the admission criteria may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants must

  1. submit application with appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php). Once this initial application has been accepted, the applicant will receive directions on how to enter the graduate portal to be able to submit other materials.
  2. submit official scores on the GRE (GMAT or MCAT considered; check for waiver);
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  4. provide three letters of recommendation from persons who can address their academic qualifications and potential for success in graduate study;
  5. provide a 400-word statement of purpose giving their reasons for applying to the program, their academic interests, and their professional goals.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Public Health with a concentration in Community Health requires completion of a minimum of 42 semester hours.

To graduate from the MPH program, candidate must complete either the non-thesis or thesis curriculum to meet Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) requirements. ILE is completed at or near the end of program study (final year or semester).

Non-thesis option:

  • Successfully complete six (6) credit hours of internship and a related comprehensive report that meets the Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) requirement.  

Thesis option:

  • Select a thesis committee composed of a minimum of two members (one of whom must be from the Department of Health and Human Performance);
  • Complete a minimum of six (6) thesis credit hours. Candidate must also successfully complete an oral examination relating to the thesis.

Curriculum: Public Health, Community Health

The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.

Thesis Option (42 hours)

Public Health Core Requirements (18 hours)

  • HLTH 6102 - Theory of Health Education and Behavior

    3credit hours

    (Same as PSY 6102.) Links behavioral change theory to the research and practice of interventions in health behaviors. Application of the theoretical constructs linked to design, implementation, and evaluation of individual and group behavioral change programs.

  • HLTH 6200 - Principles of Environmental Health

    3credit hours

    The effects of environment and occupations on health discussed. Considers such factors as solid waste, water, wastewater, insects, rodents, noise, and occupation. Discusses the historical background of human ecology, communicable disease control, and special programs and problems in public health.

  • HLTH 6510 - The Nation's Health

    3credit hours

    Investigates the determinants of health and the role of public health and health care on the health status of the population of the United States. Study of biological, socioeconomic, cultural, and behavioral factors that influence health status and care in America.

  • HLTH 6710 - Applied Biostatistics for Public Health

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admitted to MPH program or permission of instructor. Applied practical problem-based approaches to commonly used public health statistics. Emphasis on data dissemination to non-technical and expert audiences, such as creation of technical reports and infographics. Data analyzed using statistical and data visualization software.

  • HLTH 6850 - Methods in Epidemiology

    3credit hours

    Principles and methods of epidemiologic analysis including standardization; stratified analysis; confounding and its control; planning and conducting epidemiologic research; role of multivariate analysis in epidemiologic research.

  • HLTH 6860 - Program Planning for Health Promotion

    3credit hours

    Program planning, theories and models of health education and promotion, development of interventions, and program implementation, including mission, goals, objectives, and activities of health education and promotion programs. Introduces needs assessment and program evaluation.

Community Health Concentration (9 hours)

Substitutions must be approved by advisor.

  • HLTH 6750 - Applied Survey Methodology for Public Health

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: HLTH 6710 or HHP 6700 or equivalent or permission of instructor. Strategies of questionnaire design, administration, analysis, and interpretation in a public health context. Topics include survey sampling, item development, classical test theory and item response theory applications, and culminates in a survey design project in the student's area of research. 

  • HLTH 6870 - Health Promotion  3 credit hours  

    HLTH 6870 - Health Promotion

    3credit hours

    Health promotion knowledge as well as the ability to impart this knowledge to the lay population. In-depth information will be covered regarding lifestyle and its relationship to risk factors for cardiovascular disease and cancer.

  • HLTH 6890 - Social Epidemiology and Population Health

    3credit hours

    Prerequisites: HLTH 6102 and HLTH 6850. Overview of concepts and research related to impact of social determinants on population health including how society, politics, cultural, and economics influence health outcomes. Social science theory and rigorous epidemiological methods connecting social and health inequalities examined.

Guided Electives (6 hours)

Chosen in consultation with advisor.

  • HHP 6610 - Research Methods in Health and Human Performance

    3credit hours

    Location of information, methods of research, methods of collecting data, application of the computer in analyzing data, and preparation and presentation of a research paper.

  • HLTH 5450 - Technology Applications

    1credit hours

    Prerequisite: Introductory course in computer literacy or equivalent with instructor permission. Corequisite: HLTH 5451. Focus on understanding of and competency in use of a variety of technology applications related to the profession. Students required to enroll in the corresponding lab during the same semester.

  • HLTH 6320 - Global Health  3 credit hours  

    HLTH 6320 - Global Health

    3credit hours

    Explores patterns of medical care delivery and public health practices; factors that inhibit or enable the reduction of excess morbidity, mortality, and disease among the poor; threats to health resulting from economic crises, unhealthy environments, and risky behaviors; and demographic influences on the status of health around the world.

  • HLTH 6350 - Spatial Epidemiology

    3 credit hours

    Lecture and laboratory-based course to learn and apply geographic information systems (GIS) in public health science using spatial data and descriptive epidemiologic methods.

  • HLTH 6851 - Advanced Methods in Epidemiology

    3credit hours

    Prerequisites: HLTH 6850 and HLTH 6710/HLTH 7710. Applies the concepts, principles, and methods of epidemiology to public health practice and research. Intended to provide a solid conceptual framework building on HLTH 6850.

  • HLTH 6855 - Field Epidemiology

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: HLTH 6850. Focuses on epidemiologic methods used by field epidemiologists to conduct outbreak investigations and emergency epidemiology. 

  • MGMT 6780 - Health Care Management

    3credit hours

    An overview of the U.S. health care system, including managed care, governmental and private sector programs and policies affecting the delivery of health care (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance), and legal, ethical, and budgeting issues relevant to managing health care organizations. Presents strategic and operational considerations unique to the management of health care organizations.

  • PSY 5630 - Death and Dying  3 credit hours  

    PSY 5630 - Death and Dying

    3credit hours

    An experiential course covering the folklore of thanatology, the funeral industry, handling grief, counseling the bereaved, the hospice concept. Objectives include an attempt to view death with equanimity and personal growth through confronting death.

  • NFS 6100 - Advanced Studies in Food and Culture

    3credit hours

    Comprehensive investigation of the roles that culture plays in food practices, beliefs, and health of Native Americans, Europeans, Africans, Mexicans and Central Americans, Islanders, Asians, Middle Easterner, and other groups.

  • NFS 6600 - Nutrition and Obesity

    3credit hours

    Examines the context, prevalence, causes, consequences, and treatment of obesity and weight-related issues in the United States and other developed and developing societies. Topics focus on the nutrition-related physiological, psychological, sociological, economic, and political aspects of obesity.

Practicum Experience (3 hours)

  • HLTH 6910 - Special Problems  1 to 3 credit hours  
    (3 credit hours)(3 credit hours required)  dotslash:(3 credit hours required) title:(3 credit hours) 
    (3 credit hours required) 

    HLTH 6910 - Special Problems

    1 to 3credit hours

    (Same as EXSC 6910/PHED 6910/LSM 6910.) Individual study of current problems or areas of interest. S/U grading.

Thesis (6 hours)

  • HLTH 6640 - Thesis Research  1 to 6 credit hours  
    6 credit hours required(6 credit hours required)  dotslash:(6 credit hours required) title:6 credit hours required 
    (6 credit hours required) 

    HLTH 6640 - Thesis Research

    1 to 6credit hours

    (Same as EXSC 6640/PHED 6640/LSM 6640.) Selection of a research problem, review of pertinent literature, collection and analysis of data, and composition of thesis. Once enrolled, student should register for at least one credit hour of master's research each semester until completion. S/U grading.

Non-thesis Option (42 hours)

Public Health Core Requirements (18 hours)

  • HLTH 6102 - Theory of Health Education and Behavior

    3credit hours

    (Same as PSY 6102.) Links behavioral change theory to the research and practice of interventions in health behaviors. Application of the theoretical constructs linked to design, implementation, and evaluation of individual and group behavioral change programs.

  • HLTH 6200 - Principles of Environmental Health

    3credit hours

    The effects of environment and occupations on health discussed. Considers such factors as solid waste, water, wastewater, insects, rodents, noise, and occupation. Discusses the historical background of human ecology, communicable disease control, and special programs and problems in public health.

  • HLTH 6510 - The Nation's Health

    3credit hours

    Investigates the determinants of health and the role of public health and health care on the health status of the population of the United States. Study of biological, socioeconomic, cultural, and behavioral factors that influence health status and care in America.

  • HLTH 6710 - Applied Biostatistics for Public Health

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admitted to MPH program or permission of instructor. Applied practical problem-based approaches to commonly used public health statistics. Emphasis on data dissemination to non-technical and expert audiences, such as creation of technical reports and infographics. Data analyzed using statistical and data visualization software.

  • HLTH 6850 - Methods in Epidemiology

    3credit hours

    Principles and methods of epidemiologic analysis including standardization; stratified analysis; confounding and its control; planning and conducting epidemiologic research; role of multivariate analysis in epidemiologic research.

  • HLTH 6860 - Program Planning for Health Promotion

    3credit hours

    Program planning, theories and models of health education and promotion, development of interventions, and program implementation, including mission, goals, objectives, and activities of health education and promotion programs. Introduces needs assessment and program evaluation.

Community Health Concentration (9 hours)

Substitutions approved by advisor

  • HLTH 6750 - Applied Survey Methodology for Public Health

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: HLTH 6710 or HHP 6700 or equivalent or permission of instructor. Strategies of questionnaire design, administration, analysis, and interpretation in a public health context. Topics include survey sampling, item development, classical test theory and item response theory applications, and culminates in a survey design project in the student's area of research. 

  • HLTH 6870 - Health Promotion  3 credit hours  

    HLTH 6870 - Health Promotion

    3credit hours

    Health promotion knowledge as well as the ability to impart this knowledge to the lay population. In-depth information will be covered regarding lifestyle and its relationship to risk factors for cardiovascular disease and cancer.

  • HLTH 6890 - Social Epidemiology and Population Health

    3credit hours

    Prerequisites: HLTH 6102 and HLTH 6850. Overview of concepts and research related to impact of social determinants on population health including how society, politics, cultural, and economics influence health outcomes. Social science theory and rigorous epidemiological methods connecting social and health inequalities examined.

Guided Electives (6 hours)

Chosen in consultation with advisor.

  • HHP 6610 - Research Methods in Health and Human Performance

    3credit hours

    Location of information, methods of research, methods of collecting data, application of the computer in analyzing data, and preparation and presentation of a research paper.

  • HLTH 5450 - Technology Applications

    1credit hours

    Prerequisite: Introductory course in computer literacy or equivalent with instructor permission. Corequisite: HLTH 5451. Focus on understanding of and competency in use of a variety of technology applications related to the profession. Students required to enroll in the corresponding lab during the same semester.

  • HLTH 6320 - Global Health  3 credit hours  

    HLTH 6320 - Global Health

    3credit hours

    Explores patterns of medical care delivery and public health practices; factors that inhibit or enable the reduction of excess morbidity, mortality, and disease among the poor; threats to health resulting from economic crises, unhealthy environments, and risky behaviors; and demographic influences on the status of health around the world.

  • HLTH 6350 - Spatial Epidemiology

    3 credit hours

    Lecture and laboratory-based course to learn and apply geographic information systems (GIS) in public health science using spatial data and descriptive epidemiologic methods.

  • HLTH 6851 - Advanced Methods in Epidemiology

    3credit hours

    Prerequisites: HLTH 6850 and HLTH 6710/HLTH 7710. Applies the concepts, principles, and methods of epidemiology to public health practice and research. Intended to provide a solid conceptual framework building on HLTH 6850.

  • HLTH 6855 - Field Epidemiology

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: HLTH 6850. Focuses on epidemiologic methods used by field epidemiologists to conduct outbreak investigations and emergency epidemiology. 

  • MGMT 6780 - Health Care Management

    3credit hours

    An overview of the U.S. health care system, including managed care, governmental and private sector programs and policies affecting the delivery of health care (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance), and legal, ethical, and budgeting issues relevant to managing health care organizations. Presents strategic and operational considerations unique to the management of health care organizations.

  • PSY 5630 - Death and Dying  3 credit hours  

    PSY 5630 - Death and Dying

    3credit hours

    An experiential course covering the folklore of thanatology, the funeral industry, handling grief, counseling the bereaved, the hospice concept. Objectives include an attempt to view death with equanimity and personal growth through confronting death.

  • NFS 6600 - Nutrition and Obesity

    3credit hours

    Examines the context, prevalence, causes, consequences, and treatment of obesity and weight-related issues in the United States and other developed and developing societies. Topics focus on the nutrition-related physiological, psychological, sociological, economic, and political aspects of obesity.

  • NFS 6100 - Advanced Studies in Food and Culture

    3credit hours

    Comprehensive investigation of the roles that culture plays in food practices, beliefs, and health of Native Americans, Europeans, Africans, Mexicans and Central Americans, Islanders, Asians, Middle Easterner, and other groups.

Practicum Experience (3 hours)

  • HLTH 6910 - Special Problems  1 to 3 credit hours  
    (3 credit hours required)(3 credit hours required)  dotslash:(3 credit hours required) title:(3 credit hours required) 
    (3 credit hours required) 

    HLTH 6910 - Special Problems

    1 to 3credit hours

    (Same as EXSC 6910/PHED 6910/LSM 6910.) Individual study of current problems or areas of interest. S/U grading.

Graduate Project (6 hours)

  • HLTH 6880 - Internship and Special Projects  3 to 6 credit hours  
    (6 credit hours required)(6 credit hours required)  dotslash:(6 credit hours required) title:(6 credit hours required) 
    (6 credit hours required) 

    HLTH 6880 - Internship and Special Projects

    3 to 6credit hours

    (Same as EXSC 6880/PHED 6880/LSM 6880.) On-site practical experience in an exercise science, health promotion, or sport management program. Those with extensive work experience will develop, implement, and conclude a project (research or applied) in consultation with the major professor.

Our adjunct faculty bring outstanding professional experience to our programs. Many are industry leaders with decorated careers and honors. Importantly, they are innovative educators who offer hands-on learning to our students to prepare them to enter and thrive in a dynamic, and oftentimes emerging, industry and professional world. They inspire, instruct, and challenge our students toward academic and professional success.

Additional Information

Contact Information

Ann Dismukes 
Ann.Dismukes@mtsu.edu
615-898-2147

Who is My Advisor?

Health Concentration

Andrew Owusu
Andrew.Owusu@mtsu.edu
615-898-5878

Physical Education Concentration

Don Belcher
Don.Belcher@mtsu.edu
615-898-2904

Mailing Address

Department of Health and Human Performance
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MTSU Box 96
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132


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