School of Public Health COVID-19 Research, Programs and Media

Photo of women at the airport, showing many are facing tough decisions to make about holiday travel as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advises against holiday travel. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Is holiday travel worth the risk? Experts say with rising community spread, it isn’t.

The holiday season is here and many are eager to spend long-awaited time with loved ones to end a challenging year.

But now with coronavirus rates soaring across the country, even in rural areas, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly advises against holiday travel.

Photo of two nurses preparing for drive-thru testing at UT Physicians-Victory. Photo by Maricruz Kwon, UTHealth.

$5 million NIH grant awarded to reduce COVID-19-related disparities in vulnerable populations

To help reduce COVID-19-related health disparities in vulnerable populations in Texas, a multi-institutional team of researchers led by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (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.

Photo of UTHealth researchers and physicians, from left, Luis Ostrosky, MD; Bela Patel, MD; and Henry Wang, MD, MPH, are leading clinical trials on COVID-19. (Photo by Maricruz Kwon/UTHealth)

First Houston post-coronavirus clinic part of new UTHealth COVID-19 Center of Excellence

Bringing together expertise and access to the best clinical care, research trials, discovery science, and public health knowledge, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has established the UTHealth COVID-19 Center of Excellence.

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Getting the word out: Working with community partners to build a pandemic communication strategy

People obtain information about important issues in different ways—it’s a fact that teams with UTHealth School of Public Health’s Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences confront constantly in their research programs and community outreach.

Alumna profile: Emily Wei

Alumna profile: Emily Wei

August 20, 2020

I was born and raised in Northern California. I went to the University of California, Berkeley for my undergraduate degree and majored in cognitive science. After graduating, I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do, so I worked in different industries. During that time, I found that I was drawn to health care, particularly the people and the work environment.

Studying public health during a pandemic

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July 20, 2020

See how our summer semester students are learning to tackle the public health problems of today and tomorrow from their home classrooms. This the first of a two-part series. We’ll be checking in with another group of students in the next few weeks.

Planes, trains and automobiles: reducing the risks of traveling this summer

A photograph of a family loading luggage into a car. The photo is by Getty Images.

June 12, 2020

After enduring more than two months of quarantine, businesses and institutions are reopening, spurring summer travel plans to satisfy the urge to escape confinement. But is it safe to travel with the threat of COVID-19 still lingering? Experts at UT Physicians and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) weigh in on how to reduce the risks of traveling and make health-conscious decisions as we plot out the summer.

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