ETSULIFEPATH Tennessee Public Health Training Center

at East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health

The Tennessee Long-Distance Internet Facilitated Educational Program for Applied Training in Health (Tennessee LIFEPATH) is a workforce development partnership that provides professional development training, including virtual-based and self-study programming, to public health employees in the state of Tennessee. Tennessee LIFEPATH is housed at the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) College of Public Health.

Located in Johnson City, Tennessee, ETSU encompasses 11 colleges including the College of Medicine; College of Pharmacy; and College of Public Health (CPH). The CPH, created in 2007, is the first school of public health in Tennessee. As a long-standing, PHTC, ETSU has an existing infrastructure making it uniquely qualified to serves as an LPS. ETSU has a history of providing training and education throughout Tennessee and in central Appalachia, western North Carolina, and southeast Kentucky.

  • Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Academic-Practice Partnerships
  • Appalachian Health Outcomes
  • Community Health Assessment
  • Leadership Development
  • Tennessee Department of Health
  • Tennessee Public Health Association
  • University of Memphis
  • Meharry Medical College
  • University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • National Association of City and County Health Officials
  • Public Health Training/Continuing Education (virtual, self-study, and in-person)
  • Needs Assessment and Collaborative Development
  • Practice, Faculty, Student Collaboration
  • Academic Health Departments

Paula MastersPaula Masters, DrPH, MPH, HCMC

LPS Director

Paula Masters is the Assistant Dean of Student Services, Co-Director of the Center for Rural and Appalachian Health, and Director of the Tennessee Public Health Training Center-LIFEPATH at East Tennessee State University. She is also Clinical Instructor for the Health Services Management and Policy Department. Before coming to ETSU, she was with the Tennessee Department of Health for over 7 years. Paula has a Doctor of Public Health from ETSU, Masters of Public Health in Health Services Administration, and a certification in Health Care Management. She has conducted extensive work in the area of health promotion, local health systems, community mobilization, and community facilitation. Paula is very active in the Tennessee Public Health Association, where she has served as both a member and chair of many committees and served as President in 2014.