Dawn Ford

Contributing Faculty
College of Health Sciences and Public Policy
Ph.D. Public Health

Dr. Ford holds the PhD in Public Health (Epidemiology) from Walden University. She has taught in higher education for over 25 years in the areas of biology, environmental science, and public health. Her primary area of research interest is environmental health and emergency preparedness. In public health, she has taught courses in environmental health, health systems, leadership in public health, health promotion and communication, chronic disease epidemiology, and infectious disease epidemiology. She has work experience in a local health department and is the current President-Elect of Tennessee Public Health Association. Dr. Ford served as the Chief Epidemiologist for COVID-19 response at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


PhD, Walden University

Post-master's Certificate, University of Tennessee

MS, Miami University

BS, Western Kentucky University

Public Service

Chattanooga Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Board, Board of Directors - Chattanooga

Tennessee Public Health Association, President -

Awards / Honors

Carolyn Thompson and Roger Brown Community Service Award, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2023


Ford, D., Saraney, J. Benefits of Integrating Service-Learning With Other High-Impact Practices. Scholarly Teacher


Ford, D., Mandernach, J. (2023). Post-Pandemic Teaching: Revisiting Common Practices. OLC

Ford, D., Saraney, J. (2023). Preparedness Lessons: Mpox knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs on a college campus. NACCHO