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Located less than a mile from the US-Mexican border and connected to the largest medical center in the world, the El Paso location of the UTHealth School of Public Health is an academic environment rich with opportunity. Backed by the esteem and resources of the UTHealth system, you’ll apply your learning to tackle complex public health issues unique to border populations, and collaborate with peers and faculty at other campuses to develop solutions that improve health outcomes for highly diverse and multi-cultural communities.

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Established in 1992, the El Paso location of UTHealth Houston School of Public Health is proud to celebrate its 30th anniversary of providing the Paseo Del Norte region with premier public health education, research, and community impact. The El Paso location faculty and students lead cutting-edge research that translates to innovative practices. We invite you to join us as we celebrate 30 years. 

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  • Meet the Class of 2024: Nohemi Galindo

    Spotlight on the executive-style MPH in Healthcare Management

    Students in the first cohort of the executive-style MPH in Healthcare Management program in El Paso will graduate in May 2024. Celebrate with us as we share their journeys and explore how they are making an impact on their community.

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    Nohemi Galindo, MPH in Healthcare Management candidate

    About 75% of Texans have SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, according to one of the world's largest COVID-19 antibody surveys

    “Texas CARES data revealed to us that fully vaccinated participants showed significantly higher antibody levels than those with a natural infection only,” said Eric Boerwinkle, PhD, dean of the School of Public Health.

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    UTHealth School of Public Health ranked top among academic programs shaping public health workforce

    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health is one of the top universities in the nation responsible for training the bulk of today’s public health academic leaders, according to a recently released independent analysis.

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    Photo from the School's 50th anniversary celebration in 2019.

    $5 million awarded to reduce COVID-19 disparities

    To help reduce COVID-19-related health disparities in vulnerable populations in Texas, a team of researchers led by UTHealth will identify disease hotspots and testing deserts in three racially diverse areas, and then develop and evaluate intervention strategies to increase COVID-19 testing.

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    Workers at drive-thru COVID testing sites prepare their workstation

    Faculty members awarded National Science Foundation Senior Scholar Award to research opioid-affected communities 

    Associate professor Sheryl McCurdy, PhD, and assistant professor Eric Jones, PhD, have been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) Senior Scholar Award for their study, “Addiction, Mutual Aid Networks, and the Navigation of Care Systems.”

    READ MORESPH - See Our Impact - Opioids

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    Earn and MPH in Healthcare Management in El Paso 

    Beginning fall 2022, the master of public health (MPH) in Healthcare Management will be offered with a hybrid of online and in-person classes on Friday evenings and Saturdays at the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation building to meet the needs of working professionals.


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    Spotlight on Karla Sofia Mendez, MPH 

    Karla Sofia Mendez, an Environmental Sciences - Disease Prevention Track PhD student at the El Paso campus shares how COVID-19 is shaping her studies and changing her perspective on public health work.

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    Karla sits at her home desk preparing to take class on her laptop.

    Gabriella Mendez becomes first student to earn an MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at El Paso campus

    Gabriella “Gabby” Mendez, a student at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in El Paso, will graduate this semester with a Master of Public Health degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS). Entering the program in fall 2018, Mendez will be the first student to earn the EOHS MPH at the El Paso campus.

    READ MORESPH - El Paso Student Spotlight - G Mendez

    Gabriella in front of the reflecting pool in Washington DC.

    Leading data collection effort aimed at reducing teen pregnancy

    The data collection effort, expected to take six months, is the second part of a yearlong planning phase to address the issue of pregnancy prevention among children in foster care. Melissa Peskin, PhD, associate professor with UTHealth School of Public Health, will lead the effort.

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    Dr. Markham works with community partner. Photo by Aaron Nieto.

    Addressing community concerns regarding coronavirus

    In response to increasing concerns of 2019-nCoV (coronavirus), public health experts from regional counties, the state and UTHealth School of Public Health gathered on Wednesday, Feb. 5, to discuss what is known, unknown and what to anticipate about this new strain of coronavirus.

    READ MORESPH - Our Impact - Coronavirus

    An employee models PPE. Photo by Aaron Nieto.

    Reaching out to historically underrepresented populations for 2020 census

    Faculty at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) are joining forces with the U.S. Census Bureau, community health workers, and local organizations to launch a collaborative campaign in the El Paso region.

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    L to R: Kristina Mena, PhD; El Paso Mayor Dee Margo; Louis Brown, PhD; Denise Vasquez, MPH; and Sylvia Hernando. Photo by UTHealth.