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.
Improving Public Health in Texas
The Dallas Regional Campus has a broad research focus. Faculty examine the addictions of alcohol, drugs and smoking, the improvement of public health maternal and child health issues, physical exercise and health among different populations, and toxins in the environment.
Addiction comes in many forms. Researchers at the DRC examine addiction in terms of alcohol addiction and abuse and smoking addiction.
Significant work has been done in the area of drinking among college students. An online intervention tool has been created for an alcohol and drug prevention program for college students that is now used by more than 500 colleges nationwide. UTSPH researchers have also provided new and important information about how factors such as gender, age immigration and acculturation influence alcohol use and substance use disorders. Studies have shown that, contrary to general perceptions, Hispanic immigrants drink less alcohol and have less involvement with alcohol-related problems, such as drinking and driving, than U.S. born Hispanics.
The area of smoking addiction and alcohol abuse is aimed toward racial and socioeconomic issues in smoking cessation.
Maternal and Child Health
The Dallas campus has two major research projects in the area of maternal and child health: the Fair Park Project and the Dallas Readiness Preschool Project.
The Fair Park Project is a multi-disciplinary endeavor to document the changes in the economically distressed Fair Park neighborhood of Dallas resulting from public investment in neighborhood infrastructure, and how these changes affect the behavioral adjustment and academic achievement of children living in Fair Park. Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation.
The Dallas Preschool Readiness Project is a longitudinal study of the development of self regulation and executive function and individual differences in school readiness among low income ethnic minority preschoolers living in Dallas County with finding from the National Institute of Child Health and Development.
The DRC is also home to the Maternal and Child Health Training Program at the UT School of Public Health. The MCH Training Program is funded by the Health Resources and Services and Administration and includes an MCH concentration for UTSPH students enrolled in degree-seeking programs at any campus or in any discipline, an MCH certificate program for non-degree seeking students, and a competitive MCH Fellowship Program for concentration or certificate students who are interested in a one-year training experience in maternal and child health.