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Department of Graduate Public Health

College of Veterinary Medicine

Tuskegee University

Crystal M. James, JD, MPH
Head, Department of Graduate Public Health
Director, Graduate Public Health Program

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Welcome to the Department of Graduate Public Health Program (DGPH) at the College of Veterinary Medicine (TUCVM), Tuskegee University. The DGPH currently operates two hallmark programs that focuses its activities on the DGPH mission, vision, and core values.   The Graduate Public Health Program (GPHP), accepted its first cohort in August 2011 entrusted with the rights, privileges to offer the Master of Public Health (MPH) and the Master of Science in Public Health (MPH) degrees.  The GPHP, directed by Atty. Crystal James has been assisting to meet the urgent need for more public health professionals nationally and internationally, given the numerous public health concerns that continuously arise due to communicable and non-communicable diseases, health conditions and co-morbidities, environmental challenges, and disaster threats. The COVID19 AWARE Program is the newest program within the department and is directed by Dr. Melvena Wilson.  Funded by resources from the National Science Foundation, this program will assist in providing empirical data regarding trust and trustworthiness of health messages as well as provide insight as to how African Americans attend to health messages in the United States.  Other active projects that are led by DGPH faculty include a Cervical Cancer Awareness Program, directed by Dr. Ehsan Abdalla which provides health education interventions in black belt counties of Alabama as well as collect data around awareness and treatment availability.  This project is critical in the State of Alabama where cervical cancer mortality rates for Black Women lead the nation. The DGPH therefore offers opportunities to students who desire to pursue a traditional public health career and/or enhance their translational research capacity as they matriculate into the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. All our graduates have so far received public health training through research application, thesis preparation, and a wide exposure to applied practical experiences (APEx). Public health ethics guides the development of competencies and public health skills for synthesis, integration, public health application guided by the three (3) core functions and the ten (10) essential services of public Health. We therefore welcome all eligible applicants to apply to our program following our admissions requirement at:


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2020 Virtual Graduate Forum (open pdf) Mandatory for all Graduate Students

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Covid-19 Information and Resources

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COVID-19 Testing

Through a donation from ThermoFisher, the Tuskegee Health Disparities Diagnostic Center is poised to deliver testing for COVID-19 to the university, other HBCUs and the other black belt communities in Alabama that need this resource most.

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21st Annual One Health Symposium

October 22, 2020

10:00 am-3:00 pm

Virtual Event

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"Tuskegee University Published its Reopening Guide and COVID-19 Policies and Procedures"

Tuskegee University publishes its Reopening Guide and COVID-19 Policies and Procedures, which details the measures taken to facilitate our cultural shift within the COVID19 pandemic environment.

View the guide at:TU Pandemic Recovery Plan

View the roadmap plane: TU Reopening Policies and Procedures

"Graduate Public Health Program Awarded First National Science Foundation Research (NSF) Grant for COVID-19"

The Department of Graduate Public Health has received its first National Science Foundation Research (NSF) grant to assist in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant is for one year with a budget of $199,479. Atty. Crystal James, department head for the DGPH, will serve as PI and Dr. Melvena Wilson will serve as Program Director for this initiative.

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"Systemic Racism in the Time of COVID19"

The Department of Graduate Public Health (DGPH) in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University presents the 1st Annual William "Bill" Jenkins Lecture as a part of the Rural Health Lecture Series. Panelists discussing the legacy of Dr. Bill Jenkins and the strategic development of public health professional programs in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The panelist also provide evidence of systemic racism as the underlying cause of the health disparates that have been documented in public health literature as well as being documented during the COVID19 pandemic.

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