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Learn More about the Dallas Regional Campus

The UTHealth School of Public Health Dallas Regional Campus (DRC) was established in 1998 to offer graduate-level courses in Public Health. This academic program is carried out in partnership with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Dallas CampusClasses are held on the UT Southwestern Campus in the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions Building. The program also offers interactive video (ITV) courses that are broadcast to and from the main campus in Houston and the other regional campuses: Brownsville, El Paso, San Antonio, and Austin. The program takes advantage of the outstanding educational and research activities that are characteristic of the UTHealth and UT Southwestern campuses. Members of the Dallas public health community also provide insight as guest lecturers, consultants and mentors.

Academic Programs

The UTHealth School of Public Health offers certificate programs, a general Master of Public Health degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Epidemiology.

Research Focus

Faculty at the DRC examine the particular health problems of a large metropolitan area such as the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, as well as issues relating to populations and communities in the north and east Texas regions.

Getting Started in Public Health

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

Dallas StudentsDegree Programs

The Master of Public Health(MPH) degree is the basic graduate degree in the field of public health. The MPH degree offered at the UTSPH regional campuses covers all five core areas of public health: biostatistics; health promotion and behavioral sciences; epidemiology, environmental and occupational sciences; and management, policy and community health.

MPH classes are held at the Dallas campus and online. Classes are taught by Dallas-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.

A PhD in Epidemiology degree is available at the Dallas campus. Students in the PhD program work to learn and solve epidemiologic concepts, theories and methodologies.


Dual Degree Programs

Two dual degree programs are offered at the Dallas Regional Campus in conjunction other local UT System universities.

  • MD/MPH with UTHealth School of Public Health Dallas Regional Campus and UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • MSSW/MPH with UTHealth School of Public Health Dallas Regional Campus and UT-Arlington School of Social Work

Certificate Programs

The certificate programs at UTSPH are intended for public health practitioners and individuals considering a graduate degree in the field. The five courses in each of these non-degree certificate programs 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 UTSPH Graduate Certificate Programs.

Dallas Research Areas 3-31-14

Faculty and Research

Faculty at the Dallas campus engage in research ranging from epidemiological surveys to clinical trials in several areas of public health in both clinical and community-based samples. Areas of special emphasis include health disparities; alcohol and tobacco use and abuse; cancer control, prevention and screening; and maternal and child health.

Current Active Research

Smart-T: The Smart-Treatment (Smart-T) is a 12-week study led by Dr. Michael Businelle. This research project engages several UTSPH graduate and post-doctoral students. Study participants are newly admitted Parkland Tobacco Clinic patients who are provided a smartphone that is pre-programmed with an adjunctive smoking cessation treatment app. The app uses an algorithm to assess current risk of smoking lapse and automatically gives treatment advise based upon each participant's current lapse risk and state of mind. If effective, the long-term objective of this research is to disseminate the app for use in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations.

Health-E-Strides: Health-E-Strides is an 8-week pilot study designed to evaluate a shelter-based diet and physical activity intervention for homeless adults led by Dr. Darla Kendzor. This research project engages several UTSPH graduate students. The ongoing study utilizes a randomized controlled trial in a sample of homeless adults residing at the transitional shelter of the Bridge Homeless Assistance Center in Dallas, Texas. Participants are randomly assigned to a diet/physical activity intervention group or a paid assessment-only control group. Three intervention strategies are employed: 1) computer-tailored newsletters adapted from a program supported for use in other populations, 2) the distribution of fruit and vegetable snacks directly to individuals, and 3) the provision of pedometers and walking goals. The long-term objectives of this line of research are to improve dietary quality and increase physical activity among homeless adults, and to thereby improve health in this vulnerable and high-risk population.

Dallas Preschool Readiness Project: The Dallas Preschool Readiness Project is a longitudinal study led by Dr. Margaret Caughy and Dr. Margaret Owen. This research project engages several UTSPH and UTD graduate students. The project focuses on the emergence of self-regulation skills among low-income Hispanic and African-American children. The study primarily aims to discover the association of self-regulation skills with school-readiness as well as a variety of other factors. These include parent-child interactions, the home environment, and the teacher-child relationship. The children are first seen at 30 months, again at 42 months, and then in kindergarten and 1st grade.

GLB AIM: GLB AIM is a CDC funded weight loss program for people with physical disabilities, called Group Lifestyle Balance Adapted for Impaired Mobility. This project is being overseen and implemented by Dr. Froehlich-Grobe. This program is an adapted version of the Group Lifestyle Balance Program developed at the University of Pittsburgh, and it will meet the specific needs of people who have various physical disabilities and impairments. GLB AIM will focus on encouraging nutrition, physical activity and behavior change. The ultimate goal of GLB AIM is for participates to increase their physical activity to a minimum of 150 minutes per week and to lose 7% of their body weight. 

Specialties in Research

(Below are links of publications from each Faculty member of the Dallas Regional Campus)

 Dr. Bijal Balasubramanian - Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics, and Environmental Sciences  

Learning Evaluation: blending quality improvement and implementation research methods to study healthcare innovations

Coordination of Health Behavior Counseling in Primary Care

Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home and Preventive Services Delivery

Perspectives in Primary Care: Implementing Patient-Centered Care Coordination for Individuals with Multiple Chronic Medical Conditions

Strategies for Reducing Colorectal Cancer Among Blacks

Dr. Marlyn Allicock - Assistant Professor,Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences  

Cancer Support Needs for African American Breast Cancer Survivors and Caregivers

Exploring Mediators of Physical Activity in Young Adult Cancer Survivors: Evidence from a Randomized Trial of a Facebook-Based Physical Activity Intervention

Training veterans to provide peer support in a weight-management program: MOVE!

Promoting fruit and vegetable consumption among members of black churches, Michigan and North Carolina, 2008-2010.

The use of motivational interviewing to promote peer-to-peer support for cancer survivors


Dr. Frank Bandiera - Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics, and Environmental Sciences 

Tobacco-related mortality among persons with mental health and substance abuse problems.

Nicotine Dependence, Nicotine Metabolism, and the Extent of Compensation in Response to Reduced Nicotine Content Cigarettes.

Cigarette Smoking and Depressive Symptoms Among Hispanic/Latino Adults: Results From the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL).

Risk of Cigarette Smoking Initiation During Adolescence Among US-Born and Non-US-Born Hispanics/Latinos: The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos.

Sexual orientation-related differences in tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure among US adults aged 20 to 59 years: 2003-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys.

Dallas Regional Campus Student Association 


Name: Srikala Appana

Title: President 

Degree Program: MPH, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences/Global Health

From: India 

Undergrad: UT San Antonio

Fun Fact: "I'm a trained classical dancer."


Name: Meghan "Meg" Denning

Title: Vice President

Degree Program: MPH, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

From: Phoenix, AZ

Undergrad: University of Arizona

Fun Fact: "I have a black belt in karate."

Name: Hannah Kaplan

Title: Secretary

Degree Program: MPH, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences 

From: Madison, WI

Undergrad: Purdue University

Fun Fact: "I'm a certified yoga instructor."

Name: Nausheen N. Habib

Title: Treasurer 

Degree Program: MPH

From: Dallas, TX

Undergrad: Baylor University

Fun Fact: "I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta Canada."

Name: Samantha Schaffer

Title: Student Liason

Degree Program: MPH-Customized

From: Dallas, TX

Undergrad: Texas State University

Fun Fact: "My parents lived in the same house my entire life."

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Student resources for the Dallas Regional Campus are administered through The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Getting Started

Upon admission to the Dallas Regional Campus, students will receive an ID Card, an email account through UT Southwestern.


Your email account will also be set up through UTHealth School of Public Health.


BlackBoard/Canvas is an online system used by faculty to disseminate information quickly and easily to the students. Faculty will inform students if BlackBoard is to be used for the class.


Students will have access using their Student ID to the UT Southwestern Library and the UTSPH Library online.

Non-emergency calls to the UT Southwestern Police Department can be made to either

214-648-8311 or 214-648-8311


Admissions/Student Affairs


The UTHealth School of Public Health Dallas Regional Campus

6011 Harry Hines Blvd.,Suite V8.112
Dallas, TX 75390
(214) 648-1080
(214) 648-1081 (FAX)

Located on the campus of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, in the UT Southwestern Medical Center of Health Professions Building, 8th Floor.

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