Since 1979, The University of Texas School of Public Health San Antonio Regional Campus (SARC) has been serving the state of Texas training and educating public health leaders for the South-Central Texas Region.
The SARC has a long history of working with UTHSC-San Antonio, UTSA and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, as well as Brooke Army Medical Center, one of the Army’s largest medical care facilities. SARC students gain hands-on experience with exposure to public health professionals at these organizations and working with other local community partners and non-profit organizations.
The UT School of Public Health SARC offers the following academic programs:
The faculty at the SARC conduct research based upon the needs of the surrounding community. Research areas include health disparities, childhood obesity, occupational and environmental exposures, and injuries and chronic disease risk among farm workers and other working youth.
Taking A Step Forward in Public Health
The UT School of Public Health San Antonio Regional Campus offers all levels of graduate education, 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 SARC campus and online. Classes are taught by San Antionio-based faculty as well as faculty at all other UTSPH 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 Master of Science (MS) degree in Epidemiology is also offered at SARC.
Three doctoral programs are available at the UTSPH San Antonio campus – a DrPH in Community Health Practice and a DrPH in Environmental and Occupational Health, and a PhD in Epidemiology. In the Community Health Practice program, students complete a course of study focused on the practical and applied aspects of public health science at the community level. Students in the Environmental and Occupational Health program learn to examine the anticipation, identification and characterization of potentially harmful physical, chemical and biological agents in environmental and occupational environments. Epidemiology students learn to examine the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specified populations, and the application of this study to the control of health problems.
Dual Degree Programs
Two dual degree programs are offered at the San Antonio Regional Campus in conjunction with other local UT System universities.
- MD/MPH with The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
- MBA/MPH with UT-San Antonio College of Business
Certificate and Non-Degree 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 on campus and online.
General Public Health Certificate
Maternal & Child Health
Public Health Informatics
Who Should Apply?
- Those who work in public health who 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
Practicum Opportunities in San Antonio
Each MPH and DrPH student must complete a practicum experience prior to graduation. A practicum is a planned, supervised and evaluated “real-world” experience that allows you to use the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom and apply them in a community-based setting. The practicum should be directly relevant to the student’s educational and career goals.
PLEASE NOTE – It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that their practicum is properly documented in the academic record by:
If however, you have just started our program and are not quite ready to commit several hours a semester to a practicum, but still want to expose your skills to local organizations, consider clicking on the Volunteer Opportunities in the San Antonio Community link for ideas.
We would like this to be a combined effort, so if you find a great practicum/volunteer opportunity, please ask your preceptor/supervisor to fill out the Practicum Description Form and submit it via email to San Antonio Regional Campus and/or fax it to 210-276-9028 so that we may investigate the possibility of offering a similar opportunity with the same organization to future students.
Here you’ll find online answers to questions and concerns are specific to the San Antonio Regional Campus.
Academic & IT Services
Where do I find information on course offerings?
Local and ITV course offerings for the San Antonio Regional Campus may be found by clicking here.
How do I obtain a photo ID badge?
Even though students enroll through The University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston, all students attending the San Antonio Regional Campus will need to obtain a Photo ID card from The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). This will enable students to access UTHSCSA Student Services and the Briscoe Library.
What student email accounts will I have?
Email is a major communication mode for administration, staff, students and faculty. It is very important that each student have a valid e-mail account. When a student enrolls in a course, the student receives a “Houston”-based e-mail account: (email@example.com). At the San Antonio Regional Campus, students also receive a “San Antonio”-based e-mail account: (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What library do I have access to?
Students will have access to the Briscoe Library on the campus of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and the UT School of Public Health Library in Houston.
Where can I receive writing assistance?
UTSPH has resources on writing your thesis, dissertation, and other publications.
Is there a Computer Lab on campus?
The SARC Computer Lab is equipped with sixteen PC compatible computers. Students print documents on a shared laser printer. The Computer Lab also doubles as a classroom and has the same videoconferencing technology and equipment as the regular classrooms.
Life in San Antonio
What is there to do in San Antonio?
From visiting the River Walk to seeing the Alamo and the other Missions, there are many fun activities to do in San Antonio.
Do you have any restaurant recommendations?
The Medical Center has several delicious options of all types of cuisines. For restaurant suggestions, click here.
The San Antonio Regional Campus is building on the existing capacity of the South-Central Texas and the Texas-Mexico Border region to respond to public health demands and assist our community in examining and identifying health problems, as well as providing assistance in implementing solutions to enhance disease prevention activities. This growing research focus is enhanced by our participation with research and training centers.
Faculty Research Profiles
The San Antonio Regional Campus has over 15 faculty whose research cuts across all fields of public health. Download the Faculty Research Profiles.
Affiliated Research Centers
- Developing novel ways to address health promotion, disease prevention, and other social issues adapted to fit specific communities through the Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) with UTHSC-San Antonio
- Enhancing and expanding the data content of web-based community portals through Community Information Now (CI:NOW)
- Evaluating the health effects of air pollution in Bexar County with a focus on local coal and gas fired power plants through CPS Energy
- Evaluating the epidemiology and economic burden of hearing loss in Active Duty service members
Faculty Research Expertise
- Health promotion
- Occupational and environmental health
- Health economics and decision analysis
- Comparative effectiveness research
- Geographic information systems
- Needs assessments
- Health survey research