Department of Nutrition

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Leadership Development

Interviews with Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Leaders

Leaders in the field of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition who had recently retired or were nearing retirement were interviewed. The purpose of the interviews was to gain and preserve insight of these individuals and share it with young professionals and emerging leaders in the field. To view the video click HERE.

Emerging Nutrition Leaders (ENL)

The Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute is a year-long program designed to train future leaders in the area of MCH Nutrition. This program is a joint collaborative effort of MCH Nutrition Training Programs at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Minnesota and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

The Emerging Leaders Institute is a 12 month program with a focus on leadership skill development centered on the MCH Learning Competencies and ability to develop a policy brief. During the first six months, participants complete a leadership assessment, readings, case studies, and participate in monthly conference calls with the faculty to enhance understanding of material and applicability to leadership in nutrition. In the second six months, participants work in teams on a policy brief project. Individualized coaching is provided to participants. Faculty are available throughout the Emerging Leaders Institute to continue building the nutritionist’s leadership skills and provide guidance on the policy brief project. There is no registration fee for the Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute.

Pictured below is the 2017-2018 ENL cohort. To learn more about the Institute and apply for the upcoming cohort, click HERE.

Maternal and Child Health Leadership Skills Development

The Maternal and Child Health Leadership Skills Development Series, developed by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, brings leadership concepts to life in an MCH context, allowing you to conduct your own training sessions, within your own time frames and in your own settings. MCH Nutrition Faculty and funded trainees facilitate this leadership series every fall with the new public health nutrition graduate students at the University of Tennessee.


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T79MC09805, Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Health Nutrition, $176,649, 50% funded by the University of Tennessee, Department of Nutrition. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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