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Photo of two nurses preparing for drive-thru testing at UT Physicians-Victory. Photo by Maricruz Kwon, UTHealth.

$5 million NIH grant awarded to reduce COVID-19-related disparities in vulnerable populations

To help reduce COVID-19-related health disparities in vulnerable populations in Texas, a multi-institutional team of researchers led by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) will identify disease hotspots and testing deserts in three racially diverse areas, and then develop and evaluate intervention strategies to increase COVID-19 testing.

Photo of UTHealth researchers and physicians, from left, Luis Ostrosky, MD; Bela Patel, MD; and Henry Wang, MD, MPH, are leading clinical trials on COVID-19. (Photo by Maricruz Kwon/UTHealth)

First Houston post-coronavirus clinic part of new UTHealth COVID-19 Center of Excellence

Bringing together expertise and access to the best clinical care, research trials, discovery science, and public health knowledge, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has established the UTHealth COVID-19 Center of Excellence.

LaborDay Septermber Baker Ripley

Getting the word out: Working with community partners to build a pandemic communication strategy

People obtain information about important issues in different ways—it’s a fact that teams with UTHealth School of Public Health’s Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences confront constantly in their research programs and community outreach.

Cannell receives leadership award for elder abuse and neglect detection tool

Cannell receives leadership award for elder abuse and neglect detection tool

Brad Cannell, PhD, MPH, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Dallas, has been selected for the Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration’s Leadership in Integrated Healthcare Award.



Students awarded Denton A. Cooley scholarship

Amier Haidar, MD/MPH Student

June 22, 2020

Three University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health students have earned Denton A. Cooley, MD Transformation and Hope scholarships for fall 2020. The scholarship, established in 2010, is provided to students from UTHealth’s six schools who excel academically.


Gabriella Mendez becomes first student to earn an MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at UTHealth School of Public Health in El Paso

Gabriella Mendez becomes first student to earn an MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at UTHealth School of Public Health in El Paso

June 15, 2020

Gabriella “Gabby” Mendez, a student at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in El Paso, will graduate this semester with a Master of Public Health degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS). Entering the program in fall 2018, Mendez will be the first student to earn the EOHS MPH at the El Paso campus.



UTHealth School of Public Health Students of African Descent hosts panel on Black student experiences

UTHealth School of Public Health Students of African Descent hosts panel on Black student experiences

June 9, 2020

On Thursday, June 11, UTHealth School of Public Health Student’s committee Public Health Students of African Descent hosted “Waiting to Exhale,” a virtual forum where attendees from the UTHealth system were invited to talk about their experiences, address biases and share effective organizational strategies in the wake of the recent nation-wide outcry for justice for George Floyd and countless other Black lives. Panelists included: students Natasha Marshall and Brittany Daniels; alumni Dr. Rafeek Yusuf; and moderator Dr. Kimberly Baker.




2020 UTHealth School of Public Health Faculty Awards

Dr. Shreela Sharma

May 31, 2020

Dr. Shreela Sharma, Dania Mofleh, MBBcH, MPH, CPH, and Dr. Christine Markham are the winners of the 2020 McGovern Award for Outstanding Teaching, Emerson Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant and award for Excellence in Academic Advising, respectively. Winners of these awards are selected by students and demonstrate an intense dedication to the student body.




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