The Austin Campus

UTA Building 225x300 | AustinThe Austin Regional Campus (ARC) was established in 2007 to offer graduate level training in public health to the Austin and central Texas region. Faculty at the ARC pursue research in Child and Adolescent Behavior and Epidemiology, Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Prevention, and Public Health Policy.

Academic Programs

The University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus offers the following academic programs:

Research Focus

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The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living is housed at the ARC. The Center is one of the preeminent research facilities for child and adolescent health, including a focus on obesity prevention, diet & nutrition, physical activity, tobacco and alcohol. Programs from the Center include the Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH), an evidence-based school obesity prevention program that is in wide use in Texas and the U.S. Another flagship study is the School Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) survey, which documents the rates of obesity and related behaviors in Texas school children.


Dell Center and ARC faculty are coordinating the Austin/Travis County Department of Health and Human Services’ “COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION GRANT” in partnership with community-based organizations to reduce ethnic disparities here:

Academic Programs

Getting Started in Public Health

The UT School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus offers all levels of graduate education from certificate programs to master’s and doctoral degree programs.

Degree Programs

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is the basic graduate degree in the field of public health. The Austin Regional Campus offers the MPH in Epidemiology, Health Promotion as well as a General MPH degree.

The Master of Science in Epidemiology is also offered at the Austin Regional Campus.

MPH classes are held at the Austin campus and online. Classes at the Austin campus are taught by Austin-based faculty as well as faculty at all other UTPSH campuses via Interactive Television (ITV). Access to all UTSPH campuses via ITV gives students a broad perspective of the public health issues across Texas.

Two doctoral programs are available at the UTSPH Austin campus – a DrPH in Health Promotion and a PhD in Epidemiology. In the DrPH program, students complete a course of study focused on the social and behavioral aspects of public health and the development and evaluation of health promotion interventions. Students in the PhD program work to learn and solve epidemiologic concepts, theories and methodologies.

Dual Degree Programs

Three dual degree programs are offered at the Austin Regional Campus in conjunction with The University of Texas at Austin.

Non-Degree and Certificate Programs

The certificate program at UTSPH is intended for public health practitioners and individuals considering a graduate degree in the field. The five courses in the certificate program cover the core content of the specific discipline. Classes are available at each campus and online.

Who Should Apply

  • Those who work in public health that would like additional training
  • Future students who intend to apply these courses toward their public health degree program at UTSPH
  • Those delivering health care who need knowledge and skills in some of the public health disciplines, but may not want the full curriculum

Click below for information on the Non-Degree or Certificate Programs.

Non-Degree Program

General Public Health Certificate

Research & Centers

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The faculty at the Austin Regional Campus bring a wealth of expertise and experience into the classroom. Faculty members include a former dean of The UT School of Public Health and international experts in health promotion, nutrition, tobacco and physical activity. Campus research interests include built environment, international tobacco control, obesity prevention, physical activity measurement, physical activity promotion, public health economics, sugar-sweetened beverage and sustainable foods. The UT School of Public Health is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living is located at the Austin Regional Campus and is affiliated with faculty in Austin, at the main Houston campus and the Brownsville and San Antonio Regional Campuses. The Center for Healthy Living, directed by Deanna Hoelscher, PhD, RD, and co-directed by Steven Kelder, MPH, PhD, has a vision of ‘healthy children in a healthy world’ and a mission to serve as a state, national and international leader in the promotion of healthy living. The Center for Healthy Living seeks to achieve this by the prevention and control of childhood obesity through healthy eating and physical activity, promotion of healthy living behaviors in youth, policy and environmental change, and professional education and community service.

Contact Us


Courtney Dezendorf, MEd
Academic Affairs Coordinator


UTA Building

1616 Guadalupe, Suite 6.300
Austin, TX 78701
Regional Campus Main Phone: 512-482-6160
Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living Phone: 512-482-6170

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A UT System parking garage (GUG) is located near the building and metered street parking is also available close to the building.