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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.

UTHealth Houston School of Public Health logo atop green background, and Louis Brown, PhD, headshot pictured on the right.

New Research Reduces Cultural Stigma Around Peer Support Workers

New research from associate professor Louis D. Brown, PhD, suggests a new training series can reduce cultural stigma around peer support workers in mental health and substance abuse fields, leading to increased worker retention.

Art Alvarado, RS, MPH; Krisitina Mena, PhD; Leah Whigham, PhD; and Robert Hammarberg, DrPH pictured left to right.

Academic Public Health Partnership Regional Lunch & Learn Sessions: A Platform for Collaboration

UTHealth Houston School of Public Health and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) are strengthening the connection between public health education and practice with the second installment of the Regional Lunch & Learn series in the Paso del Norte region.

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Alumna appointed Dean of School of Public Health and Information Sciences at UofL

Alumna Kathryn Cardarelli, PhD, MPH, was appointed Dean of the School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS) at the University of Louisville.  

Cardarelli, a 2004 UTHealth Houston School of Public Health graduate, succeeds School of Public Health alumnus and former Dean of SPHIS Craig Blakely, PhD, MPH.  

Reflecting on Why Representation Matters

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February 20, 2024

"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.




Alumna appointed Dean of School of Public Health and Information Sciences at UofL

Kathryn Cardarelli, PhD, MPH, pictured with text

January 22, 2024

Alumna Kathryn Cardarelli, PhD, MPH, was appointed Dean of the School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS) at the University of Louisville.  

Cardarelli, a 2004 UTHealth Houston School of Public Health graduate, succeeds School of Public Health alumnus and former Dean of SPHIS Craig Blakely, PhD, MPH.  


In memoriam: Harold W. (Bill) Kohl III, PhD

Harold W. (Bill) Kohl, III, Professor of Epidemiology at the UTHealth Houston School of Public Health in Austin and Research Professor of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin, died on January 7, 2024.

January 17, 2024

Harold W. (Bill) Kohl III, Professor of Epidemiology at the UTHealth Houston School of Public Health in Austin and Research Professor of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin, died on January 7, 2024. He was regarded as a luminary in public health, epidemiology, and physical activity research. 



The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship moves to School of Public Health

Group of students holding the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship sign posing for a photo.

January 8, 2024

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and UTHealth Houston School of Public Health have partnered to unite aspirations to train the next generation of public health leaders. As the new host of the program, the School of Public Health joins the fellowship's mission to prepare students to empower vulnerable people to live healthier lives and create healthier communities.  


Mena appointed Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Kristina Mena, PhD, to the position of Chair for the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at UTHealth Houston School of Public Health.

December 7, 2023

With great delight, we announce the naming of Kristina Mena, PhD, to the position of Chair for the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) at UTHealth Houston School of Public Health. Mena has played an integral part in the school for many years, serving as Professor and Program Head of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and Regional Dean of the El Paso school location.


Alumna's Post-Pandemic Path in Public Health

Alumna's Post-Pandemic Path in Public Health

November 20, 2023

UTHealth Houston School of Public Health 2020 graduate Kat Sisler, MPH, MPAff, serves as an idyllic example of the resilience and determination required by students that completed their degrees during the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.


UTHealth Houston researcher receives NIH subcontract to study effects of integrated palliative care on Parkinson’s, related dementia

Adriana Pérez, PhD, professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Data Science with UTHealth Houston School of Public Health in Austin. (Photo by UTHealth Houston)

November 15, 2023

As part of a five-year, $3.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Adriana Pérez, PhD, professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Data Science with UTHealth Houston School of Public Health in Austin, received a $1.9 million subcontract to determine the scope and drivers of low-value and unequal care for patients with Parkinson’s disease and Parkinson’s disease dementia.



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