Elizabeth A. Williams, PhD, MDiv

Interim Dean, College of Public Service Professor
Department of Public Health, Health Administration and Health Sciences

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Dr. Elizabeth A. Williams received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Applied Anthropology with an emphasis in Medical Anthropology from the University of Kentucky (UK). She received her B.A. degree, also in Anthropology, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Williams further holds graduate reading certificates in Behavioral Science and Women's Studies from UK. After receiving her doctorate, Dr. Williams served on the faculty in the Department of Anthropology and Geography at Georgia State University (GSU), as the inaugural Director of Disparity Elimination for the Tennessee Department of Health, and as a senior-level healthcare administrator with the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, part of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Williams is Interim Dean of the College of Public Service and Professor of Public Health in the Department of Public Health, Health Administration and Health Sciences at Tennessee State University. Dr. Williams also holds an M.Div. degree from Vanderbilt University Divinity School and is a Provisional Elder serving an appointment in the United Methodist Church. Noted for her work in eliminating cancer health disparities, cultural competence and community-engaged research, Dr. Williams authored the book, Black Women and Breast Cancer: A Cultural Theology (2019), published more than a dozen scholarly papers, and presented her work to national and international audiences.