Gayle Cummings, Program Director

Message from the Director

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Public Health Program and TUC's  academic leadership team, we are pleased to welcome our new students to the 2021-2022 academic year in the MPH Program! 

We are so excited to welcome you as future public health practitioners! As you know, you are entering into public health training at a critical time in our nation’s history and as a result of your training here, you will be equipped to help reshape our country’s narrative about health. Woven throughout our curriculum is a social justice framework which is designed to train you as future public health practitioners to gain an understanding of health as a human right and to use a critical lens to address the social and structural determinants of health to advance equity.


As our world continues to experience an unprecedented global pandemic at the intersection of racism and legal system injustice, laser focus has been cast on the social and structural conditions of systemic racism and oppression as the primary drivers for social and health inequities in low income and marginalized BIPOC communities. Our public health program’s mission is rooted in social justice and aims to “develop outstanding public health professionals who support health as a human right, including physical, mental and social well-being, and address the historical roots and structural causes of injustice in collaboration with all communities.“ 

Throughout the course of your MPH, we commit to providing you with the necessary tools and training to become public health professionals and healthcare providers who can serve as conduits for health equity, anti-oppression and social transformation.  We are proud to be part of your academic journey!


Gayle Cummings, PsyD, MPH
Assistant Dean & Program Director