University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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MCH Leadership Program in Public Health Nutrition

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University of Tennessee – Public Health Nutrition

University of Tennessee – Department of Nutrition

Project Director

Marsha Spence, PhD, MPH, RDN, LDN
Associate Professor of Practice; Director, Public Health Nutrition
Department of Nutrition
1215 Cumberland Avenue; JHB 229
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-1920

Faculty Contacts

Betsy Anderson Steeves, PhD, RDN  (
Assistant Professor

Katie Kavanagh, PhD, RDN (
Associate Professor

Hollie Raynor, PhD, RDN (

Kathy Brown, PhD, RN (
Associate Professor

Eugene Fitzhugh, PhD (
Associate Professor

Hilary Fouts, PhD (

Research & Scientific Capabilities

Obesity prevention & treatment for Infants, Children & Families

  • Infant feeding
  • Behavioral interventions
  • Environmental determinants
  • School-based food environment
  • Peer leadership and positive youth development in school & community environments

Workforce development

  • Cultural competence
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Public health nutrition graduate competencies

Clinical & Public Health Relationships


  • Knox County Health Department
  • East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Regional and State

  • Coordinated School Health
  • Cherokee Health Systems
  • Chota Community Health Services
  • East TN Public Health & Preventive Medicine Forum
  • TN Department of Health; Title V


  • Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN)
    • Annual Meeting Planning Committee
    • Poster Session Organizer
  • Expert Panels & Working Groups
  • MCH Nutrition Leadership
    • Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Network
      • US DHHS Regions I-IV
  • MCH Nutrition, University of AL, Birmingham
  • LEND, University of TN, Memphis
  • MCH Nutrition, University of MN
  • MCH Nutrition, Baylor College of Medicine
  • US DHHS, MCHB Priority Workgroups

Professional & Other Organizational Linkages

American Public Health Association

  • Liaison
  • Committee Chair
  • Section Councilor

American Dietetic Association

  • SCAN
  • Weight Management DPG
  • Hunger & Environment DPG
  • TN Dietetic Association Board
  • Knoxville District Dietetic Association Board

Association of Graduate Programs in Public Health Nutrition, Inc.

Dannon Institute National Leadership Institute

Eating Disorder Coalition of TN-Knox Area

Education & Training

Undergraduate Nutrition BS & Minor

Accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics

Accredited Dietetic Internship

Graduate Public Health Nutrition

  • MS
  • MS-MPH
  • PhD
  • Graduate assistantships
  • Concurrent & block field experiences
  • Research training
  • Cultural competence training

Distance education

  • Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0 colloquia
  • Cultural and Linguistic Competence Express
  • Impacting Process: Quality Improvement in MCH Training

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