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Reflecting on Why Representation Matters

"This month serves as a poignant reminder of how the resilience of those who came before us has paved the way for the progress we see today," said Valentine.

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The Brownsville location pairs exceptional classroom experience with critical field work, providing a context that reveals the realities of working with communities limited in their access to health resources, education and services. We emphasize the importance of understanding and connecting with the people we work with. Guided by expert faculty, you’ll be expected to build relationships with local organizations and leaders to develop common goals, establish capacity and create sustainable change together. Our students join multidisciplinary research projects that grapple with chronic and infectious illnesses prevalent in the valley, meaning you can help improve the lives of neighbors, friends, family and coworkers while still enrolled in school.   


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Latest headlines and updates from our people creating an impact in their communities and beyond

  • Lemon joins Brownsville Faculty

    Lemon's research examines and addresses social determinants of Latinx mental health with a focus on suicide prevention

    Emily Lemon, MPH, PhD focused her doctoral research on mental health, community connectedness and the impact of immigration policies on Latinx youth, specifically in the Southeastern United States. Coming to Texas from Emory University and her home in Atlanta, Georgia, she is aware of the differences between the two regions, but also embracing the familiar culture and environment of the Rio Grande Valley.

    Read MoreNew Brownsville Faculty Feature: Emily Lemon, PhD

    New Brownsville Faculty Feature: Emily Lemon, PhD
  • Cancer Prevention and Research Award

    Cuccaro, Reininger, & Savas received nearly $4 million from The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)

    The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) awarded nearly $4 million to researchers with UTHealth Houston School of Public Health to aid in cancer prevention research. These awards are designed to support research efforts across the state to identify, detect, and prevent cancer. 

    Read MoreCuccaro, Reininger, & Savas received nearly $4 million from The Cancer Prevention

  • Nearly $1 Million Grant Awarded to Identify and Prevent the Spread of Tuberculosis

    Restrepo recipient of RO1 Award of $956,440 to aid in identifying drug resistant tuberculosis

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded nearly $1 million in grant funding to aid in developing a new method to identify drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). This project, "Improving rapid phenotypic drug susceptibility testing for drug resistant tuberculosis in high-burden areas," aims to prevent the further spread of these life-threatening strains to the public. 

    Read MoreNearly $1 Million Grant Awarded to Identify and Prevent the Spread of Tuberculosis

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  • Student Spotlight

    DrPH Candidate, Gaby Fernandez Reflects on her Journey to Public Health

    Doctoral candidate in public health, Gabriela “Gaby” Fernandez, was the first one in her family who considered going to college in the U.S. “I felt as the ‘odd’ one in the family who was really into school. 

    Read MoreStudent Spotlight Gabriela “Gaby” Fernandez

    Gabriela “Gaby” Fernandez
  • Welcome Assistant Professor Mayra Estrella, PhD

    Estrella joins UTH Houston School of Public Health in Brownsville

    Mayra Estrella, PhD, assistant professor in the department of epidemiology, human genetics, and environmental sciences at UTHealth Houston School of Public Health in Brownsville, first visited the Rio Grande Valley years ago when she was studying for her master’s degree in biostatistics. 

    Read MoreEstrella Welcomed by School of Public Health and Brownsville Community

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    Serving the Rio Grande Valley for 20 years   

    2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health's Brownsville campus.


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