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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. 

Guillot-Wright awarded nearly $1 million CDC grant for fishermen research

Guillot-Wright awarded nearly $1 million CDC grant for fishermen research

August 24, 2023

The grant, “Navigating the Waters of the US Healthcare System: Improving the Biopsychosocial Health of Fishing Industry Workers,” will support studying the bidirectional relationship between work-related injuries and substance use. The 36-month study will investigate commercial fishermen who face dangerous working conditions, have limited sick leave benefits, and lack preventive healthcare access.




Protecting Outdoor Workers In Record-Setting Summer Heat

Protecting Outdoor Workers In Record-Setting Summer Heat

July 18, 2023

A record-setting summer has wreaked havoc across Texas in the form of blistering heat waves. Heat advisories have become common stance as the heat index has shown triple-digit figures since June and expected to continue throughout the remainder of the summer. For Texans, the exposure to the extreme heat warrants caution and deliberate public health consideration, and intervention. Such exposure can exacerbate cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, respiratory, or renal events that can harm health.   



Nearly $2 million Awarded for Cancer Prevention Program

Nearly $2 million Awarded for Cancer Prevention Program

July 12, 2023

“We are delighted to partner with MD Anderson Cancer Center on this important work to improve obesity-prevention behaviors for cancer prevention among Acres Homes residents in Houston, Texas,” said Sharma.


Alumnus Alan Tita Receives National Recognition

Alumnus Alan Tita Receives National Recognition

June 30, 2023

Alan Tita, MD, PhD, who received his PhD in public health with a focus on epidemiology from UTHealth Houston School of Public Health in 2007, led the groundbreaking Chronic Hypertension and Pregnancy (CHAP) trial, which was recently awarded the prestigious David Sackett Trial of the Year Award from the Society for Clinical Trials.


Dual-degree students meet their Match

Dual-degree students meet their Match

June 29, 2023

Each student brings their education, background, and experience to aid in discovering and addressing the patient and/or population’s health. We congratulate our dual-degree graduates who will continue to advocate and represent the school’s mission in their respective journeys as they enter their residencies.


Student Spotlight: Garza's journey in public health

Student Spotlight: Garza's journey in public health

June 29, 2023

Ariana Garza, MPH, a current PhD student at UTHealth Houston School of Public Health in Brownsville brings a unique perspective to the public health field. Her diverse background as a Hispanic mother and member of the LGBTQ+ community allows her to bring a new lens into understanding health issues, challenges, and disparities affecting underrepresented populations.




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