Dean's Welcome

Osama Mikhail 2014 photo 208x300 | Deans Welcome

Osama I. Mikhail, Ph.D.

Welcome to The University of Texas School of Public Health. Located in the heart of Houston’s internationally renowned Texas Medical Center, with six regional campuses across Texas, the School of Public Health offers a top-tier education for future leaders in public health.

Public health touches our lives every day and encompasses anything and everything that affects our well-being—from vaccinations to prevent diseases that devastated past generations to smoking cessation programs. Our mission at the School of Public Health is to improve and sustain the health of people by providing the highest-quality graduate education, research and community service.

Established in 1969, the school is part of the comprehensive University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), the Texas Medical Center and a network of regional campuses that span the state—Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso and San Antonio. Our students and faculty make up a dynamic and diverse scholarly community that represents experiences and perspectives from the state, the nation and the world.

Students here experience the interdisciplinary nature of public health—a profession that combines and applies knowledge and skills from the core areas of biostatistics, environmental and occupational health sciences, epidemiology and genetics, health promotion and behavioral science, and management and policy sciences. Our collaborations with UTHealth-affiliated schools and other leading health care organizations give students plentiful opportunities for employment, research and practicum experiences that enrich their education in public health.

No matter where you plan to pursue your public health career, The University of Texas School of Public Health faculty and staff will work to enhance your competence and confidence as you pursue your studies, research and community service in the field of public health.

I am confident you will find the school to be a friendly, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment for your studies.

Osama I. Mikhail