Message from the Austin regional dean


Our faculty members include international experts in health promotion, epidemiology, nutrition, tobacco, and physical activity. Campus research interests include obesity prevention, public health nutrition, physical activity promotion, international tobacco control, tobacco regulatory sciences, and health economics, with a focus on children and adolescents. UTHealth School of Public Health in Austin is the headquarters for the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living and the Tobacco Center of Regulatory Sciences on Youth and Young Adults.  Our campus offers graduate-level degrees in public health, epidemiology, and behavioral sciences/health promotion, with several joint degrees in coordination with The University of Texas at Austin, including a MD-MPH degree offered through the Dell Medical School.  In addition, our campus offers certificate programs for potential graduate students or for continuing education opportunities in public health.

The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living has a vision of ‘healthy children in a healthy world’.  Our mission is to advance health and healthy living for children and families through cutting-edge research, innovative community-based programs, and dissemination of evidence-based practices.  The Center for Healthy Living supports new research, provides pre- and post-doctoral training opportunities, educates the public about healthy living topics such as childhood obesity, and creates a community of scholars and community members devoted to improving child and adolescent health.  The Center is also home to a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training program funded through HRSA. The Center is funded by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, with additional project funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and USDA. 

As a center of the high tech industry, home to one of the country’s largest universities, and the seat of Texas government, Austin offers professional, social and recreational opportunities for every taste. The weather is mild and perfect for outdoor sports 10 months out of the year — water sports, including swimming at Barton Springs and boating on the various local lakes, are very popular, as are cycling and jogging. Austin is also home to some of the best music in the U.S., including SXSW and ACL Festivals.

We believe that the academic rigor, world class faculty, and research excellence of the UTHealth School of Public Health, along with the considerable academic, cultural and intellectual resources of the Austin community, makes the UTHealth School of Public Health campus in Austin a highly attractive venue to further your education. 

Come and join us!

Deanna M Hoelscher
Professor and Regional Dean
The John P McGovern Professorship in Health Promotion