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Learn More About the El Paso Regional Campus

The El Paso Regional Campus (EPRC) was added to the UT School of Public Health in 1992. With the US-Mexico border less than a mile from the campus, the curriculum, research and community practice focuses on the unique health problems facing border populations. The sister cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez lie at the midpoint of the US-Mexico border. These cities, with a combined population of over two million people, form the largest international metroplex in the world.

The UT School of Public Health EPRC offers certificate programs, a general Master of Public Health degree and a Doctor of Public Health degree in Health Promotion/Behavioral Science.

Faculty at the EPRC focus on health disparities in the border region and the results of those disparities are the primary focus of the ongoing research at the campus. Improving prevention techniques and promoting health services among the Mexican-American community are integral parts of the research efforts in El Paso.

Finding a Future in Public Health

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

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 El Paso campus and online. Classes are taught by El Paso-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 DrPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences is available at the El Paso Regional Campus. Students complete a course of study focused on the social and behavioral aspects of public health and the development and evaluation of health promotion interventions, particularly among the Mexican-American Community.

Dual Degree Programs

An MD/MPH dual degree program is available to students attending the Texas Tech Paul L. Foster School of Medicine is available to students. The program is integrated so that a number of courses and learning experiences in the medical school are counted toward the MPH degree program. The program prepares future health professionals to integrate medical and public health skills into practice, research and academia.

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.

General Public Health Certificate

Health Disparities

Maternal & Child Health

Public Health Informatics

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Working to Improve Border Health

The faculty at the El Paso Regional Campus brings expertise and experiences into the classroom based on local community situations, statistics and field experiences as part of their involvement in assisting local public health agencies. Health disparities in the border region and the results of those disparities are the primary focus of the ongoing research at the campus.

el paso hectorMany projects undertaken at the EPRC are multidisciplinary in nature and include collaborations with the Centers for Disease Control, Pan American Health Organization, and area universities. The Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center is one of the most effective collaborations at the campus. A joint effort between UT El Paso and the UT School of Public Health, the center uses state-of-the-art approaches to border health and prevention activities through the understanding of the border environment and health services utilization patterns among the residents of El Paso.

Community Outreach Projects

The El Paso Regional Campus is involved in many research projects affecting the local community.

Promotoras Contra la Hypertension

In this CDC-funded project, researchers evaluated the acceptance, effectiveness and sustainability of a promotora (community health worker) pilot program to improve hypertension control among medically underserved Mexican Americans of El Paso. This project was successfully implemented and a photonovela in Spanish was created as a result.

Project HEART

The mission of the NIH-funded Project HEART (Health, Education, Awareness, Research Team) is to create strong partnerships in the community that can work together to prevent and control chronic diseases, especially cardiovascular disease which is common in the border region, by utilizing interventions and education through promotoras.


Funded by CDC, this trial of an intervention was developed to increase cervical cancer screening in Hispanic women. The intervention included a novella video, a flip chart and is presented to women by a trained promotora.

Does H. pylori Infection Cause Iron Deficiency?

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) related diseases disproportionately affect US minorities. In a clinical trial supported by the Thrasher Research Fund, children who were infected with H. pylori had their iron stores evaluated over the course of treatment for the infection. This was the first study on this topic in the contiguous US.

NASA Building a Quantitative Microbial Risk Model

This study involves taking a quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) approach to addressing microbial occurrence at the International Space Station (ISS). Astronaut health is a high priority and preventing microbial-related illnesses is critical. This research applies QMRA to predict health risks among the fight crew at the ISS from exposure to microorganisms via water, food, air and surfaces.

Contact Us


Hector Balcazar, PhD
Professor and Regional Dean, El Paso Regional Campus

Mark Shaw
Staff Assistant

Eduardo Portillo
Systems and Applications Specialist


Maribel Alomari
Coordinator, Admissions and Alumni Affairs
El Paso Regional Campus


The University of Texas School of Public Health

El Paso Regional Campus
1101 N. Campbell, CH 400
El Paso, Texas 79902