Learn More about the Dallas Regional Campus
The University of Texas 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.
Classes 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 UT Health Science Center at Houston and UT Southwestern campuses. Members of the Dallas public health community also provide insight as guest lecturers, consultants and mentors.
The UT School of Public Health offers certificate programs, a general Master of Public Health degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Epidemiology.
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 UT School of Public Health Dallas Regional Campus offers all levels of graduate from certificate programs to master’s and doctoral degree 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 UT School of Public Health Dallas Regional Campus and UT Southwestern Medical Center
- MSSW/MPH with UT School of Public Health Dallas Regional Campus and UT-Arlington School of Social Work
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.
General Public Health Certificate
Maternal & Child Health
Public Health Informatics
Upon admission to the Dallas Regional Campus, students will receive an ID Card, an email account through UT Houston, and purchase a Parking Card.
Your email account will be set up through UT Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health.
BlackBoard 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.
Dallas Regional Campus has one room for lectures and access to two ITV rooms. A Computer lab is also utilized as a classroom as needed.
The computer lab currently has 12 computers for student use. Only students currently enrolled may use the lab. Do not use the computer lab to download unless it is for class. The computers are routinely cleaned during the semester so save all your course work to your own drives.
The Dallas Regional Campus is located on the grounds of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW). Students have access to many resources from the host campus such as the UTSW Library, special lectures and seminars, as well as health care, campus transportation and recreational opportunities at the student center.
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.
- Reducing smoking in socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers – Michael Businelle, PhD and Darla Kendzor, PhD
- Understanding factors that contribute to health disparities in people with disabilities and designing/testing interventions to increase exercise and manage weight in that population – Katherine Froehlich-Grobe, PhD
- Improving diet and exercise in church and veteran populations – Marlyn Allicock, PhD
- Alcohol-related health disparities in the three largest ethnic groups in the United States (Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics) – Raul Caetano, MD, MPH, PhD
- Health disparities related to drug and alcohol use, criminal behavior, sexual behavior, and sexually transmitted infections – Jennifer Reingle, PhD
- Disparities in early childhood development, particularly with regards to behavioral development and early academic achievement – Margaret Caughy, ScD
- Causes of health disparities in cancer screening and survivorship – Bijal Balasubramanian, MBBS, PhD
- Disparities research focuses on county safety-net health care systems and rural populations – Jasmin Tiro, PhD
- Quantifying toxic chemical exposure in Vietnamese and American women and children – Arnold Schecter, MD, MPH
Alcohol/Tobacco/Other Substance Use and Abuse
- The prevalence of substance use disorders, especially alcohol use disorders, and the correlates of these disorders in general population samples (national and local) – Raul Caetano, MD, MPH, PhD
- The association between substance use and intimate partner violence and the effectiveness of brief interventions to address the consequences of substance abuse in trauma room populations – Raul Caetano, MD, MPH, PhD
- Drug and alcohol addiction, addiction related crime, and epidemiological criminology – Jennifer Reingle, PhD
- Novel interventions (e.g., financial incentives for abstinence, smart phone applications) for smoking cessation in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations – Darla Kendzor, PhD and Michael Businelle, PhD
Cancer Prevention and Control
- Preventing cancer through increased physical activity and improved nutrition – Marlyn Allicock, PhD
- Identifying predictors of poor quality cancer care and determinants of effective cancer care team integration – Bijal Balasubramanian, MBBS, PhD
- Increasing screening for colorectal cancer and examining the effects of psychosocial support for cancer survivors and caregivers – Marlyn Allicock, PhD
- Reducing cancer disparities by developing more effective smoking cessation interventions – Michael Businelle, PhD and Darla Kendzor, PhD
- Identifying interventions to reduce multiple cancer risk behaviors – Darla Kendzor, PhD
- Preventing cancer through increased use of the HPV vaccine and early detection of cancer through promoting breast, cervical, colorectal, and liver cancer screening – Jasmin Tiro, PhD
- Delivery of cancer survivorship plans and promoting post-treatment screening to detect recurrence – Jasmin Tiro, PhD
- Carcinogen biomonitoring. This work has led to recommendations for decreasing worker and general population carcinogen exposures – Arnold Schecter, MD, MPH
Maternal and Child Health
- Margaret Caughy, ScD leads the Maternal and Child Health Training Program at the School of Public Health. This program provides basic and leadership training in maternal and child public health. Dr. Caughy collaborates with national and local public health agencies in areas of infant mortality prevention, fetal and infant mortality review, and early childhood intervention.