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The Brownsville campus 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.   

Build a career that makes a difference.

COVID-19 Response

Working with community partners, local government, and health care organizations to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.



Work alongside faculty to address urgent public health matters through world-class research and community projects.


Areas of Study

Tailor your degree to compliment your career goals and build your knowledge and expertise in a specific area of study.



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    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health is one of the top universities in the nation responsible for training the bulk of today’s public health academic leaders, according to a recently released independent analysis.

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  • Cancer Prevention and Research Award

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    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. 

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    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. 

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    Blanca I. Restrepo, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Science at UTHealth School of Public Health Brownsville Campus, presented her novel findings on the higher risk of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) in people with diabetes at the Keystone Symposia’s 50th Anniversary event in Breckenridge, Colorado in early August.

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  • Welcome Assistant Professor Mayra Estrella, PhD

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    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. 

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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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