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

John “Wesley” McWhorter, DrPH, MS, RDN, LD, CSCS

Pivoting in the Pandemic: Making Culinary Medicine Accessible and Engaging

John “Wesley” McWhorter, DrPH, MS, RDN, LD, CSCS with the DrPH coalition for the de Beaumont Foundation discusses how the pandemic exacerbated longstanding food challenges, and how his team pivoted to better serve their classes and communities. 

Woman and daughter sit in the post-vaccination waiting area at Fair Park in Dallas.

5 things to keep in mind when comparing Dallas and Denton’s COVID vaccine efforts

It’s easy to be jealous of Denton’s massive inoculation event. But there is a lot of context to keep in mind evaluating the Fair Park and Texas Motor Speedway sites. Dean Eric Boerwinkle, PhD, speaks with the Dallas Morning News about different vaccine distribution methods being tested in Texas—and how they’re all worth exploring.

Reflecting on the coronavirus one year later

Reflecting on the coronavirus one year later

One year ago, on Feb. 5, 2020, Bob Emery, DrPH, School of Public Health faculty member and UTHealth vice president of Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management, convened and moderated a panel of regional experts on the topic of a dynamic and nascent emergency, the novel coronavirus epidemic.

Dr. Nayak administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Janice Beecham. Photo provided by Parkland Hospital.

UTHealth School of Public Health alumni and Parkland doctor reunites with first patient who survived COVID-19

Robert Beecham credits Dr. Satyam Nayak with helping him beat COVID-19. When it was Beecham’s turn to get the vaccine, Nayak did the honors.

The search for IgG: What you need to know about antibody testing

Photo of physician conducting antibody research, as researchers say antibody testing will play an important role in navigating decisions on reopening the country safely. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

April 28, 2020

As officials consider how to reopen the country safely, researchers say antibody testing will play an important role in navigating those future decisions. But not all antibody tests are created equal, and the presence of antibodies doesn’t necessarily equate to COVID-19 immunity.

Public health experts explain what our new normal will look like

A woman wearing a mask prepares to open up her business. Photo by Getty Images.

April 21, 2020

As local, state, and national government leaders release guidelines on reopening businesses and returning to a “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic, public health and infectious disease experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) say a gradual, cautious return would be the most effective.

Tracking COVID-19: New research app will help trace the spread of the virus

COVID Symptom Tracker app

April 15, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the U.S., a new free research app is hoping to slow the outbreak of the disease by tracking symptoms of millions across the country. To bring the app home to Texans, researchers at UTHealth have joined the national research project led by Harvard University.

How to encourage healthy eating for the body and mind during stay-at-home orders

Photo of Wesley McWhorter, MS, RD, preparing food with Laura Moore, MEd, RD, and students watching (Photo by Terry Vine)

April 8, 2020

Stay-at-home orders from government officials due to the COVID-19 pandemic have forced us to quickly adapt to a new normal, especially when it comes to eating. Restaurant dining rooms are closed, grocery shopping can be challenging, many parents are tasked with serving meals while working from home, and families who relied on school meals are now left to provide them since schools closed.

COVID-19 just a problem for elderly people, right? Think again.

A photo of a crowded beach. Photo by Getty Images.

March 24, 2020

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging all Americans – and now especially young adults – to avoid crowded spaces and gatherings of 10 people or more, and to continue practicing social distancing. Experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) echo that message.

COVID-19 Update: UTHealth moves classes online, effective March 16

Photo of hands on a laptop. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

March 13, 2020

In our ongoing efforts to minimize the potential transmission of novel coronavirus COVID-19, the six schools of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) will shift to online and virtual classes, effective Monday, March 16.

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