Master of Public Health (MPH)
The MPH program enjoys a strong relationship with the Memphis and Shelby County Health
Department, as reflected in a monthly roundtable series “Public Health Academic Practice
Bridges.” Academicians from the University of Memphis and public health practitioners
share insights in research and best practices. Topics have included bioinformatics,
geographic information systems (GIS), international tobacco control research, HIV
prevention, and community health promotion for vulnerable populations. The MPH program
has also partnered with the Health Department to spearhead community discussions based
on the PBS documentary series Unnatural Causes, which investigates the sources of
our alarming socioeconomic and racial disparities in health. Additionally, MPH students
participate in community-wide emergency preparedness drills related to the Cities
Readiness Initiative, funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Health Department serves as the primary location for MPH students’ practicum experience.
An additional strength of the MPH program is our emphasis on cultural competence.
In partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the MPH program offers
a Health Care Interpreter Certificate Program at the University of Memphis for bilingual-bicultural
individuals. Students enrolled in the Healthcare Interpreter Training course conduct
their practicum at St. Jude. In addition, the MPH program partners with the Tennessee
Association for Medical Interpreters to host a national training conference each year
to facilitate advanced interpreter skills. Likewise, the MPH program participated
in an educational exchange with Chinese public health practitioners through the 2008
Summer Institute in Tennessee- China Program.
Community projects include collaboration with Memphis City Schools; Shelby County
Mayor’s Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative; Healthy Memphis Common Table; Shelby
County Tobacco-Free Coalition; South Memphis Renaissance Collaborative; Refugee Empowerment
Program; and the Adoption Center of the Mid-South.
Dr. Latrice Pichon is an active member of the community's HIV Network. Dr. Pichon is pictured
in the second row (standing), the 4th from right.
Master of Health Administration (MHA)
One of the strategic goals of the MHA program is to create and maintain value-added
strategic partnership in the community it serves. We are proud of our Graduate assistantships
with area hospitals and healthcare organizations. Our students actually work in these
facilities under the direction of a mentor at the facility and one of our program
faculty. The student's tuition is paid and they earn a stipend. Thus, our student
are able to gain valuable "on-the-job experience while still in school.
The MHA program has a relationship with Methodist Healthcare through the Maurice Elliott
Leadership Institute (MELI). The MHA program partners with Methodist to provide leadership
development for a cohort of their middle-managers. This unique program is one of
only a few in the country.