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Ruth Sanchez

Alumni Spotlight: Ruth Sanchez

Ruth Sanchez, MD, MPH is a graduate from UTHealth School of Public Health’s Austin campus. As a dual-degree MD/MPH student, she was able to share courses between her MD and MPH programs, finishing both degrees faster together than if she had completed them separately.

Alanna Morrison, PhD, FAHA, receives 2020 President's Scholar Award for Excellence in Research

Alanna Morrison, PhD, FAHA, receives 2020 President's Scholar Award for Excellence in Research

Alanna Morrison, PhD, FAHA, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences and director of the Human Genetics Center, has been selected to receive the 2020 President’s Scholar Award for Excellence in Research.

Roger Williams, MPH Candidate

Working in Public Health: Roger Williams, MPH Candidate

Roger Williams is a Houston-based Master of Public Health Epidemiology student. During the summer of 2020, he conducted two separate remote practicums: one project with Ethne Health Community Clinic under Dr. Robert Contino and the second with Harvard Medical School under Dr. Molly Franke.

This video is part of our mentor/mentee series for UTHealth Alumni Campaign.

Why mentoring matters

We're highlighting the mentor and mentee relationship between alumnus, Dr. Kimberly Pounds, and current student, Brianna Lewis, MHCA. Dr. Kimberly Pounds graduated with her DrPH in Health Promotion/Health Education in 2002 and currently serves as an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Assessment and Outreach Programs at Texas Southern University. Bri Lewis, MHCA, is currently a DrPH student in the Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences program. She currently serves as a Project Specialist and Research Coordinator II at UTHealth as well.

Alumni Spotlight: Ruth Sanchez

Ruth Sanchez

June 16, 2021

Ruth Sanchez, MD, MPH is a graduate from UTHealth School of Public Health’s Austin campus. As a dual-degree MD/MPH student, she was able to share courses between her MD and MPH programs, finishing both degrees faster together than if she had completed them separately.




Why mentoring matters

This video is part of our mentor/mentee series for UTHealth Alumni Campaign.

May 25, 2021

We're highlighting the mentor and mentee relationship between alumnus, Dr. Kimberly Pounds, and current student, Brianna Lewis, MHCA. Dr. Kimberly Pounds graduated with her DrPH in Health Promotion/Health Education in 2002 and currently serves as an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Assessment and Outreach Programs at Texas Southern University. Bri Lewis, MHCA, is currently a DrPH student in the Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences program. She currently serves as a Project Specialist and Research Coordinator II at UTHealth as well.


Community Partnership Highlight: Courtney Dezendorf, MEd, with Texas Department of State Health Services

Community Partnership Highlight: Courtney Dezendorf, MEd, with Texas Department of State Health Services

May 7, 2021

Courtney Dezendorf, MEd, serves as the Director of the Office of Practice and Learning with the Texas Department of State Health Services. At the beginning of the pandemic, it became clear that statewide contact tracing will be needed. The Texas DSHS partnered with the UTHealth School of Public Health to help staff the statewide Contact Tracing Program, with Courtney leading the charge.


2021 Teaching Awards recipients announced

Dr. Baojiang Chen

May 5, 2021

Dr. Baojiang Chen, Dr. Anna Wilkinson and Travis Teague, MPH, CPH, are the recipients of the 2021 Teaching Awards. Recipients are nominated and voted on by the student body.


Brownsville 20th Anniversary: Maria Elena Rodriguez

Maria Elena Rodriguez

May 4, 2021

Maria Elena Rodriguez is a Senior Administrative Coordinator at the Brownsville Regional Campus. This month, Rodriguez sits down and talks to us about her life’s journey and how it lead to UTHealth School of Public Health at Brownsville.




Brownsville 20th Anniversary: Paola Vidal

Paola Vidal

April 12, 2021

Paola Vidal joined UTHealth School of Public Health at Brownsville in fall 2020 and is pursuing an MPH in Epidemiology. Vidal sat down to share her experience at the Brownsville campus during the pandemic and how it didn’t diminish her passion for public health.



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