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Paul C. Erwin

Professor and Director
Center for Public Health, CEHHS


B.S. University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
M.D. University of Alabama in Birmingham, School of Medicine
Internship and Residency: University of Virginia Affiliated Hospitals Program in Internal Medicine, Roanoke and Salem, Virginia
M.P.H., The Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health
1988-90 – International Fellow, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
1990-94 – Regional Health Officer, Tennessee Dept of Health
1995-2007 – Regional Director, Tennessee Dept of Health

Research Area:

Public Health Systems Research; Community-based Participatory Research; Communicable disease investigation

Research Description:

Public Health Systems Research is a new, evolving field, akin to health services research in the medical field. Its focus is the practice of public health at the local, state, or federal level through investigating “the organization, financing, and delivery of public health services within a community and the impact of those services on public health”. It attempts to measure inputs to the system, and subsequent processes, outputs, and ultimately outcomes that can be directly linked to system inputs. Its aim is to strengthen the evidence-base for public health practice. Community-Based Participatory Research is an approach to research, rather than a methodology itself, which values community participation in the design, implementation, analysis, and documentation of research at the community level. A second research interest is in the area of communicable diseases, particularly in disease outbreak investigations and zoonotic diseases.

Dr. Paul Erwin

Contact Information:

Center for Public Health
University of Tennessee
302 Bailey Educational Complex
1122 Volunteer Blvd. E.
Knoxville, TN 37996-3400
Phone: 865-974-5252
Fax: 865-974-8718

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