Paula Masters, director of LIFEPATH, a statewide training center based at the East Tennessee State University College of Public Health, has been installed as president of the Tennessee Public Health Association (TPHA).
In taking office at age 32, Masters is believed to be the youngest president in the history of the TPHA, and she holds the distinction of becoming the association president while also being a student. Masters has already earned her bachelor and master’s degrees from the ETSU College of Public Health, as well as her certification in health care management, and she is again a public health student, in pursuit of her doctoral degree in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health.
Masters is also an instructor for the College of Public Health. She has been director of LIFEPATH since its creation three years ago. As the state’s first and only official public health training center, LIFEPATH provides academic and non-academic continuing education opportunities for public health workers throughout the state.
“I’m excited to become president of TPHA, but I think of this appointment more in terms of what it says about the university and the ETSU College of Public Health than what it means for me personally,” Masters said.