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Nearly $4 Million Awarded for Adolescent Cancer Research

Assistant Professor Paula Cuccaro, PhD; Professor Ross Shegog, PhD; and Associate Professor Lara Savas, PhD, were awarded $3,996,163 from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to develop adolescent cancer prevention research. These awards were part of a $100 million grant to continue Texas's initiatives to build cancer research and represent the country's most significant state initiative to combat cancer.  

Headshots of Assistant Professor Paula Cuccaro, PhD; Professor Ross Shegog, PhD; and Associate Professor Lara Savas, PhD, from left to right.

AN EXPERIENCE LIKE NOWHERE ELSE

More than just a foundation in public health, a degree or certificate from UTHealth Houston School of Public Health in San Antonio provides you with the tools, knowledge and opportunities for a career focused on getting to the root of some of the biggest health problems in modern history. Faculty conduct research based on the needs of the surrounding communities, and work in partnership with other universities, military organizations and healthcare groups to develop comprehensive strategies for local impact with global potential.

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COVID-19 Response


Working with community partners, local government, and health care organizations to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Research


Work alongside faculty to address urgent public health matters through world-class research and community projects.

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  • Faculty Profile 

    From ag worker to ag researcher: Anabel Rodriguez, PhD, studies the industry that shaped her childhood

    Rodriguez, an assistant professor at UTHealth Houston School of Public Health, believes she was able to write her own story because of her parents’ years of labor in the agricultural fields, the way they encouraged their children to succeed academically, and her own relentless dedication to academics and pursuit of opportunity.

    Read moreFaculty profile Anabel Rodriguez

    Anabel Rodriguez, PhD
  • Our Impact

    Cancer in adolescent and young adult women before pregnancy does not increase risk for stillborn births, according to UTHealth Houston research

    Adolescent and young adult women who were diagnosed with cancer and received chemotherapy treatment prior to pregnancy did not have a higher risk of stillbirth, according to research led by Caitlin C. Murphy, PhD, MPH, with UTHealth Houston.

    The study was published recently in the online version of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

    Read the full story here.Cancer in adolescent and young adult women before pregnancy does not increase risk for stillborn births, according to UTHealth Houston research

    From left to right: Sharice Preston, PhD; Andrea Betts, PhD, MPH; Aubree Shay, PhD, MSW; Caitlin Murphy, PhD, MPH; and Marlyn Allicock, PhD, MPH, from the UTHealth School of Public Health, collaborated on the research. (Photo courtesy of Caitlin Murphy)
  • Faculty Profile

    Meet Carol Huber, DrPH, a School of Public Health alumni and the newest faculty member in San Antonio

    A patient, dedicated approach to getting her doctorate helped Huber balance her life as a student.

    Read MoreFaculty Profile Carol Huber, DrPH, alumni and faculty member

    Carol Huber, DrPH, the newest faculty member in San Antonio
  • TexasCARES REPORT

    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.

    READ MORESPH - TexasCARES Report

    TexasCARES Graphic
  • See Our Impact

    Study shows U.S. migrant farmworkers are more likely to respond to traditional research survey collection methods

    A small randomized trial conducted by Jack Tsai, PhD, and Anabel Rodriguez, PhD, at UTHealth Houston School of Public Health in San Antonio, found that migrant farmworkers in the U.S. were more likely to respond to data collection efforts through traditional telephone interviews and online surveys.

    Read moreStudy shows U.S. migrant farmworkers are more likely to respond to traditional research survey collection methods

    Anabel Rodriguez, PhD, on a farm in the Rio Grande Valley collecting data on agricultural work.
  • Student Spotlight

    Inspired by Black leaders and family members, Campbell looks to a career in medicine

    Kristen Campbell is pursuing a master’s of public health at the UTHealth Houston School of Public Health in San Antonio, and said she’s always admired the ground-breaking work Patricia E. Bath, MD, did for blind and visually impaired people.

    Read moreBlack History Month student profile Kristen Campbell

    Photo of Kristen Campbell
  • See Our Impact

    Testa on, "The Contribution of Criminal Justice Systems to Reproductive Health Disparities" in the American Journal of Public Health

    Recent research suggests that policing is failing to protect and serve Black communities, and that collaboration between the public health community and law enforcement is important for creating more equitable policing, according to Testa's commentary in the American Journal of Public Health.

    Read moreTesta on, "The Contribution of Criminal Justice Systems to Reproductive Health Disparities" in the American Journal of Public Health

    Alexander Testa
  • Our Impact

    UTHealth researchers create better way to estimate COVID-19 infections in communities

    Public health and safety strategies are only as effective as the information that guides them.

    Read moreUTHealth researchers create better way to estimate COVID-19 infections in communities

    Public health and safety strategies are only as effective as the information that guides them.
  • Community Impact

    Bob Woodruff Foundation Awards Grant to Jack Tsai, PhD, to provide financial counseling program for at-risk veterans

    UTHealth Houston School of Public Health has received a Bob Woodruff Foundation grant for a Recovery-Oriented Money Management (ROMM) program. 

    Read morewoodruff foundation grant for veteran financial counseling

    Jack Tsai, PhD
  • Student Spotlight:

    Victoria Solis, MPH, is guided by her family's legacy of community service to pursue public health education

    For Victoria Solis her master’s degree in public health was a culmination of growing up with a legacy of family service, shaped by life in two different countries, and a desire to change the future of public health for vulnerable communities.

    Read the full storyStudent Spotlight: Victoria Solis

    Victoria Solis leans against a brick wall
  • Our Impact

    Amerigroup provides $50,000 scholarship to address Texas' rural healthcare needs

    San Antonio-based students who are committed to working in rural healthcare are eligible to receive funds.

    Read moreAmerigroup provides $50,000 scholarship to address Texas’ rural healthcare needs

    female scientist in the lab
  • NIH GRANT

    $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.

    READ MORESPH - $5 Mill Grant

    Workers at drive-thru COVID testing sites prepare their workstation
  • Honoring Veterans

    Meet Joanna Moore: an active veteran, a student completing two postgraduate degrees and a mother

    Joanna Moore is a major in the U.S. Army Reserves, and in May she will be graduating with an MD/MPH from the UTHealth Houston School of Public Health San Antonio and the Long School of Medicine.

    Read moreJoanna Moore veteran dual degree student at SPH story for Veteran's Day

    Joanna Moore sits with her kids in her lap on the grass
  • Our Impact

    Tsai serves as guest editor for American Psychological Association Journals, Limited Special Series on, “The Psychology of Resilience"

    This series of special issues across four different journals showcase the latest research on the various ways in which humans adapt to adversity and trauma.

    Read More Here.Tsai serves as guest editor for American Psychological Association Journals

    Tsai serves as guest editor for American Psychological Association Journals
  • See Our Impact

    The UTHealth Houston School of Public Health San Antonio, led by Jack Tsai, PhD, conducted contact tracing for COVID-19 in collaboration with MetroHealth for two years during the height of the pandemic.

    After two years and hundreds of thousands of calls to residents, UTHealth Houston School of Public Health wrapped up its COVID-19 contact tracing program in San Antonio at the end of September. The project was a partnership with the City of San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health department.

    Read morecovid-19 contact tracing project story

    Dr. Tsai wears a mask and stands in front of a group of contact tracers and staff members at the Alamodome contact tracing site.
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