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Headshots of Assistant Professor Paula Cuccaro, PhD; Professor Ross Shegog, PhD; and Associate Professor Lara Savas, PhD, from left to right.

Nearly $4 Million Awarded for Adolescent Cancer Research

Assistant Professor Paula Cuccaro, PhD; Professor Ross Shegog, PhD; and Associate Professor Lara Savas, PhD, were awarded $3,996,163 from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to develop adolescent cancer prevention research. These awards were part of a $100 million grant to continue Texas's initiatives to build cancer research and represent the country's most significant state initiative to combat cancer.  

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School of Public Health Ranked Top 25 Best Public Health School by U.S. News

UTHealth Houston School of Public Health has achieved top 25 ranking among 209 graduate schools of public health, according to the U.S. News & World Report. 

Among publicly-funded institutions offering graduate-level degrees in public health, UTHealth Houston School of Public Health ranks No. 9 nationally, and holds its position as No. 1 in Texas

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The Buzz on Genome Editing

Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes such as malaria, Zika, and dengue pose significant global public health concerns. Researchers at UTHealth Houston School of Public Health are responding by launching a novel mosquito vivarium to develop genetic strategies for controlling these diseases.  

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Sarnowski and BU School of Public Health Identify Novel Genetic Variants Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease

Data collected from the study, done in collaboration with Boston University School of Public Health, can inform researchers of specific genetic variants that put people at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and tailor future treatment plans. 


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

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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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