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Learn More about the Dallas Campus

 SPH Dallas PictureThe UTHealth School of Public Health in Dallas 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 UTSouthwestern Campus in the UTSouthwestern School of Health Professions Building. The program 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 UTSouthwestern 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, Master of Science, Doctor of Public Helath, and a Doctor of Philosophy

Research Focus

Faculty at the Dallas Campus 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. 

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

A PhD in Epidemiology and a PhD in Health Promotion & Behavioral Science degree are available at the Dallas campus.

Students in the PhD program develop the necessary skills for a career in academic and research positions. 

Degree Programs 

Master of Public Health (MPH) 

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion and Behavioral Science
  • Customized 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion and Behavioral Science

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) 

  • Health Promotion and Behavioral Science 


  • UTSouthwestern Medical Center
  • Customized

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.

Click here for information on the UTSPH Graduate Certificate Programs.

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Gonzalez: Peer Support Blog Post 

Dr. Gonzalez: $3.3 million grant to reduce re-arrest rates among homeless adults

Faculty Specialties in Research

Department of Biostatistics 


Folefac Atem, PhD 

Assistant Professor 

Research Interests: Neurodegenerative disease, mental health, clinical trials, incomplete data, health outcomes, imputation methods

Selected Publications: 

Formatting an experiential learning education module to encourage dysphagia assessment in apheresis patients 

Linear regression with a randomly censored covariate: application to an Alzheimer's study 

Multiple imputation of a randomly censored covariate improves logistic regression analysis 

Post-quit stress mediates the relation between social support and smoking cessation among socioeconomically disadvantaged adults

Parental Age of Onset of Cardiovascular Disease as a Predictor for Offspring Age of Onset of Cardiovascular Disease

Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics, and Environmental Sciences

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Bijal Balasubramanian, MBBS, PhD

Regional Dean & Associate Professor 


Research Interests: 

To identify patient, community, provider, and system-level factors associated with optimal care quality outcomes for complex cancer survivors (patients with cancer and multiple chronic conditions)

To evaluate dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions in real- world healthcare settings using mixed methods research

Selected Publications: 

Primary care and behavioral health integration in community practices 

Association between primary care visits on colorectal cancer screening outcomes in the era of population health outreach

Achieving Coordinated Care for Patients with Complex Cases of Cancer: A Multi-team System Approach

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

REACH of Interventions Integrating Primary Care and Behavioral Health


Jennifer Gonzalez, PhD

Assistant Regional Dean & Associate Professor 


Research Interests: public health policing, violence prevention, injury epidemiology, elder abuse 

Selected Publications: 

Trends in fighting and violence among adolescents in the United States: Evidence from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2002-2014

Barriers in detecting elder abuse among emergency medical technicians

Mental health of prisoners: identifying barriers to mental health treatment and medication continuity 

Dissecting the complexities of the relationship between police officer-citizen race/ethnicity dyads and less-than-lethal use-of-force 

Reingle Gonzalez, J.M. (in press). Lessons Learned: Career Challenges in Training the next generation of inter-disciplinary health scientists. Pedagogy in Health Promotion.


Katelyn Jetelina, PhD 

Assistant Professor 


Research Interests: violence and injury epidemiology, mental and behavioral health, health information technologies 

Selected Publications: 

Dissecting the complexities of the relationship between police officer-citizen race/ethnicity dyads and less-than-lethal use-of-force 

Gradual escalation of use-of-force reduces police officer injury

The association between familial homelessness, aggression, and victimization among children 

An investigation of the relationship between alcohol use and major depressive disorder across Hispanic national groups

Acute alcohol use, history of homelessness, and intent of injury among a sample of adult emergency department patients

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Brad Cannell, PhD

 Associate Professor 


Research Interests: aging, disability, injury and violence prevention, predictive analytics

Selected Publications: 

U.S. population estimates and correlates of sexual abuse of community-dwelling older adults. 

The Cross-sectional Association Between Severity of Non-Cognitive Disability and Self-Reported Worsening Memory. 

Cross-Sectional and longitudinal risk of physical impairment in a cohort of postmenopausal women who experience physical and verbal abuse. 

Towards the Development of a Screening Tool to Enhance the Detection of Elder Abuse and Neglect by Emergency Medical Technicians: A Qualitative Study. 

Sarah Messiah PhD, MPH

Sarah E. Messiah, PhD

 Director of Center for Pediatric Population Health & Professor 


Research Interests: Obesity prevention and treatment across the lifespan, maternal and child health, reproductive health, perinatal epidemiology, global maternal and child health disparities, cardiometabolic disease, metabolic syndrome, pregnancy and birth outcomes

Selected Publications: 

BMI, Waist Circumference, and Selected Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors Among Preschool-Age Children

Prenatal Cocaine Exposure and Cardiometabolic Disease Risk Factors in 18- to 20-Year Old African Americans

Changes in weight and co-morbidities among adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery: 1-year results from the Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database

Longitudinal Impact of a Park-Based Afterschool Healthy Weight Program on Modifiable Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Youth

Ethnic Group Differences in Waist Circumference percentiles Among US Children and Adolescents: Estimates from the 1999-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys

Department of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences  


Marlyn Allicock, PhD 

Assistant Professor 

Research Interests: Cancer prevention & control, evaluating evidence based interventions, peer support interventions, health disparities, health communication, tailoring & technology for health promotions & dissemination & implementation research 

Selected Publications: 

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


Kymberle Landrum Sterling, DrPH

Associate Professor 

Research Interests: Novel tobacco product use (e.g. cigars, e-cigarettes) and marijuana use among youth and young adults, youth and young adult health risk behaviors, cancer prevention and survivor ship among adolescents and young adults

 Selected Publications: 

The Association between Menthol-Flavored Cigarette Smoking and Flavored Little Cigar and Cigarillo Use among African-American, Hispanic, and White Young and Middle-Aged Adult Smokers      

Little Cigars and Cigarillos Use among Young Adult Cigarette Smokers in the United States: Understanding Risk of Concomitant Use Subtypes

Risk Perceptions of Little Cigar and Cigarillo Smoking among Adult Current Cigarette Smokers

“The Most Natural Tobacco Used”. A Qualitative Investigation of Young Adult Smokers’ Risk Perceptions of Flavored Little Cigars and Cigarillos

Adjunct Faculty 


Stephen Bishopp, PhD

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 Simon Lee, PhD 

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Caitlin Murphy, PhD

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     Ank Nijhawan, MD

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Jasmin Tiro, PhD 

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Hong Zhu, PhD 

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Dr. Sandra Pruitt

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Campus Highlights

"Launch into Public Health" Day of Service

Dallas students volunteered at The Main Place in Irving on Jan. 10, where they helped organize donations and prepare them for distribution. The Main Place provides free clothes to homeless teens and victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

Stop the Bleed (STB) and Basic Life Support (BLS) Training 

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in case of a bleeding emergency. On Feb. 13, Dallas students participated in a combined workshop that allowed them to become STB certified and also complete Hands-Only CPR (HOCPR) - Basic Life Support (BLS) Training through the American Heart Association.

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Student Excellence 

Click on the links below to read about the public health accomplishments of some of our students!  

2019 Student Profile: Crystal Cazier

2017 UTHealth School of Public Health Archer Fellows 

2016-2018 UTHealth School of Public Health National Cancer Institute Fellows

Dallas Campus Student Association


Name: Joshua Yudkin

Officer Title: President

Program: Epidemiology (PhD) 

Year: 2nd Year

Fun Fact: "During my undergraduate studies, I got my EMT license and worked as a medic."


Name: Chenchita Malolan

Officer Title: Vice President & Regional Campus Representative

Program: Epidemiology (MPH) 

Year: 2nd Year

Fun Fact: "I am a huge basketball fan. Go Spurs Go!"


Name: Sitara Weerakoon

Officer Title: Secretary

Program: Epidemiology (MPH)

Year: 2nd Year

Fun Fact: "I studied Public Health in college and I plan on getting my PhD in Epidemiology. My passion in life is definitely Public Health!" 


Name: Divya Ramdas

Officer Title: Treasurer

Program: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences (MPH)

Year: 2nd Year

Fun Fact: "I love cooking and baking, especially when I get stressed out. So hopefully I have people to share the goods with!" 


Name: Cassie Springer 

Officer Title: International Student Liaison

Program: Customized (MPH)

Year: 2nd year

Fun Fact: "I have studied five languages-Arabic, Spanish, Turkish, Japanese, and Czech."


Name: R. Scott Elrod

Officer Title: Alumni Liaison

Program: Customized (MPH)

Year: 2nd Year

Fun Fact: “I did a behavioral health mobile tech startup."


Name: Aardhra Venkatachalam

Officer Title: Epidemiology Representative 

Program: Epidemiology (MPH)

Year: 2nd year

Fun Fact: "I have a motorcycle license."


Name: Megin Parayil

Officer Title: Health Promotion & Behavioral Science Representative 

Program: Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences (MPH)

Year: 1st year

Fun Fact: "I have a cat named Mitochondria."

Jeff Button

Name: Jeffrey Button

Officer Title: Customized Representative 

Program: Customized (MPH)

Year: 1st year

Fun Fact: "I won my weight class (83 kg) at the 2013 USAPL Collegiate Powerlifting Nationals."


Name: Kyle Swartz

Officer Title: MD/MPH Representative 

Program: Customized (MD/MPH)

Year: 1st year

Fun Fact: "I was born in Okinawa, Japan."

Student resources for the Dallas Campus are administered through The UTSouthwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Getting Started

Upon admission to the Dallas Campus, students will receive the following:

  • ID Card
  • Parking permit
  • Email account through UTHealth School of Public Health in Houston
  • Email account through UTSouthwestern 


Canvas is an online system used by faculty to disseminate information quickly and easily to the students. While Canvas is the predominant online system for UTHealth, faculty will inform students if BlackBoard is to be used for the class instead.


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

The following resources are available for students through the library: 

  • Writing Support Services
  • Access to Peer-Reviewed Articles 
  • Ebook download 
  • Inter-library Loan 
  • EndNote Download 


Students also have access to the following on-campus resources: 


Bijal Balasubramanian, MBBS, PhD - Bijal.A.Balasubramanian@uth.tmc.edu  
Regional Dean & Associate Professor: 972-546-2924

Student Services 

Jennifer Gonzalez, PhD - Jennifer.M.Reingle@uth.tmc.edu 
Assistant Regional Dean & Associate Professor: 972-546-2944

Kent Long, M.Ed. - Kent.Long@uth.tmc.edu 
Academic & Admissions Advisor: 972-546-2923

Molly Patterson, MS - Molly.B.Patterson@uth.tmc.edu 
Academic & Admissions Advisor: 972-546-2929

Connie Carter - Connie.L.Carter@uth.tmc.edu 
Student Affairs Administrative Support: 972-546-2930

General Email - DallasStudentAffairs@uth.tmc.edu 


The UTHealth School of Public Health in Dallas 

6011 Harry Hines Blvd.,Suite V8.112
Dallas, TX 75390
(972) 546-2920
(214) 648-1081 (FAX)

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

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