Knox County Tennessee

Academic Health Department

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Academic Health Department (AHD) partnerships are collaborations between academic institutions and governmental health agencies, like the Knox County Health Department (KCHD). These partnerships aim to strengthen the current public health workforce and the next generation of public health professionals.

One of the goals of KCHD’s AHD is to provide students with purposeful, meaningful and quality public health experiences in the following subject areas:

  • Child and family studies
  • Communications
  • Dentistry
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Kinesiology
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Other majors
  • Pre-med
  • Public health

The AHD serves as the public health equivalent of a teaching hospital, enabling students to apply public health education, knowledge and research in a practical setting.

Are you seeking an internship to delve deeper into the world of public health? We extend a warm welcome to any student interested in public health. Complete an application to tell our team what you hope to learn during your time at KCHD, why you are interested in public health and how an internship at KCHD will prepare you for a career in public health. Internships are based on KCHD team members’ capacity and can be tailored to fit your needs and align with your interests.

Current Applications

Fall 2024 Application Timeline:

Early Acceptance - Apply by May 31, 2024. Students will be notified of placement by late June.

  • Ideal for students seeking internship experiences to satisfy course requirements or for course credit.

Regular Acceptance - Apply by July 8, 2024. Students will be notified of placement by end of July.

If you have any questions about the internship application process or if your internship needs do not align with our timeline, please email You can apply here: KCHD AHD Application

Have Questions?
Call: 865-215-5555

Need to report a public
health emergency?

Call 865-215-5093

On the first Wednesday of every month, all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

Clinics will also open at 10:30 a.m. (Main location) and 11 a.m. (West Clinic) on the following Wednesdays: April 17 and July 17. All other offices will open at 8 a.m.