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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. 

Alumni Spotlight: Bettina M. Beech, DrPH, MPH

Alumni Spotlight: Bettina M. Beech, DrPH, MPH

May 25, 2023

"The training I received in these areas, along with doctoral-level methodology courses in epidemiology, demography, biostatistics, and health economics, provided me with a strong intellectual foundation and the necessary skills to design and conduct rigorous research studies; the ability to implement interventions in diverse community settings," Beech explained.




Bauer and Cannell receive 2023 R. Palmer Beasley, MD Award for Innovation

Left: R. Palmer Beasley, MD (Photo by Steve Ueckert/Houston Chronicle). Right: Cici Bauer, PhD and Dean, Eric Boerwinkle, PhD (Photo by Zeeshan Mirza, UTHealth Houston)

May 17, 2023

The R. Palmer Beasley, MD Faculty Award for Innovation is an endowment at UTHealth Houston established with a philanthropic gift from Palmer Beasley, MD, in 2012. Beasley was dean of UTHealth Houston School of Public Health from 1987-2004. Beasleyinternationally recognized for his research on the causal link between the hepatitis B virus and liver cancerdedicated his career to epidemiology, public health leadership, and global health research and trainingThis endowment supports awards to faculty members whose work exemplifies innovative research in public health. 



Learn how to cope from the effects of violence

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May 15, 2023

Being exposed to a barrage of media reports after a tragedy can result in acute stress. Psychological effects can have long-lasting consequences, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and major depressive disorders.


El Paso’s UTHealth Houston Center for Community Health Impact to partner on USDA Regional Food Business Center

Gabriela Gallegos, JD, MPP, will lead the evaluation, assessment, and advocacy team for the Rio Grande Colonias USDA Regional Food Business Center. (Photo by UTHealth Houston)

May 10, 2023

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected 12 applicants that will each establish a Regional Food Business Center. UTHealth Houston School of Public Health Center for Community Health Impact has partnered with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and other Texas and New Mexico organizations to lead the Rio Grande Colonias USDA Regional Food Business Center over the next five years.


2023 Teaching Awards

2023 Teaching Awards

May 9, 2023

The following awards are based on nominations and a formal voting process to select each award recipient. Teaching awards are selected by students; Faculty & Staff awards are voted on by internal employees. 


The Intersection of Mass Incarceration and Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

The Intersection of Mass Incarceration and Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

May 4, 2023

Testa explains that “an overreliance on prisons and more severe sentences” since the 1970’s has caused “a ‘graying’ of the prison population. Currently, 1-in-5 (more than 250,000) persons incarcerated in prisons in 2020 were over 50 years of age; estimates project this number will rise to 1-in-3 by 2030.”


Researchers Recommend Planting Trees to Increase Outdoor Play Among Kids

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April 19, 2023

Research showed that children spent less time in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and more time under shade as the temperature increased. “Children are spending more time than ever indoors, they are missing out on the positive effects of nature on their physical and mental health.” 



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