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Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services

The Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services' mission is to assist you in successfully achieving your academic goals as a UTHealth School of Public Health student by providing timely and accurate information, quality service and personal guidance. In conjunction with the SPH Student Association, we also support and promote student life and act as a liaison between students and faculty, advocating for student needs and concerns.


The Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services serves as the central “hub” for the services that will assist you from the time you apply through graduation. The services and support systems we offer include: communicating with prospective students; processing of applicant documents; conducting orientation, providing financial assistance information; administrative support for UTHealth School of Public Health courses and programs, career information, one-to-one counseling, and planning commencement activities.


Academic Affairs

Nesh Aqrawi
Director, Academic Affairs

  • Provides direction for all School of Public Health state-wide academic affairs and student services operations, programs, activities, initiatives and events
  • Serves as the liaison to all external academic and student affairs organizations

Sharon Cummings
Program Manager, Academic Affairs

  • Assists students and faculty with graduate certificate offerings for all students
  • Manages faculty governance, promotion and tenure, six-year review, faculty awards, and adjunct faculty appointments

Kathryn McAdams
Kathryn McMillan
Senior Coordinator, Student Services

  • Responsible for enrollment activities, maintaining course and enrollment data, and for developing the schedule of classes each semester for all School of Public Health campuses
  • Plans, coordinates, and implements the course evaluation process for all degree-seeking students

Student Advocacy and ADA Accommodations

Mary Ann Smith, PhD
Assistant Dean of Students

  • Manages student grievances, disciplinary matters, academic integrity issues and serves as the faculty advisor for the School of Public Health Student Association
  • Serves as the School of Public Health ADA/504 Coordinator

Academic Advising

Robert Hammarberg
Manager, Academic Affairs

  • Manages all academic advising and related planning processes across campuses
  • Manages all dual-degree, accelerated masters, certificate and non-degree programs for all campuses

Travis Crook
Coordinator, Student Records

  • Monitors students’ academic progress throughout their tenure at the School of Public Health
  • Manages and assists students with their academic committees

Admissions and Recruitment

Elvis Parada
Assistant Director, Admissions and Student Services

  • Responsible for the management and implementation of new student orientations, commencement, student scholarships, and all recruitment events
  • Oversees the admissions and recruitment processes of the School of Public Health (includes new student scholarships)

Career and Alumni Services

Ali Sasha
Sasha Ali
Senior Student Affairs Coordinator, Career and Alumni Services

  • Responsible for services including resume critique, mock interviews, career advising and assessments, and job search assistances
  • Provides support and engagement opportunities to our alumni

Data Reporting

Sarah Donahue
Business Intelligence Analyst

  • Collects, preserves and disseminates institutional data and ensure its integrity and accuracy
  • Assists in providing data to the UTHealth community, external agencies and fulfills state and federally mandated reporting requirements

Educational Technology

Peggy Powell
Manager, Educational Technology

  • Responsible for the support, design, development, implementation, delivery, and maintenance of resources used for instructional functions
  • Provides support and assistance for leave of absence requests, the qualifying process, post qualifying issues, and academic integrity issues


Dee Kirksey
Senior Coordinator, Student Services

  • Manages the graduation process for degree-seeking students at all School of Public Health campuses
  • Assists department leadership with development, review and interpretation of academic policies and student research standards

Office Management and Scholarships

Brooke Burns
Senior Administrative Coordinator, Student Research 

  • Responsible for the daily business operational and financial management of the office and coordinates the application and selection process for endowed scholarships
  • Ensures that the office is in compliance with the fiscal, budgetary, personnel, and operational systems established by university, departmental, program, and grant guidelines

Practicum and Public Health Practice

Janelle Rios, PhD
Director, Public Health Practice

  • Guides students through applied practice experiences
  • Chairs the School of Public Health Practice Council

Laura Rademacher
Coordinator, Educational Programs

  • Guides students through their public health practice experience
  • Supports the overall administrative and operational goals of practicum program

Holly Cieslikowski
Holly Cieslikowski
Project Specialist

  • Supports all practicum activities
  • Reviews learning contracts

Student Research

Patricia Salas
Senior Administrative Coordinator

  • Manages the student research process [culminating experience (CE), thesis and dissertation]
  • Oversees the administrative review and approval of thesis and dissertation proposals

Physical address

Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services
UTHealth School of Public Health
1200 Pressler Street
RAS E-201
Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 713-500-9032
Fax: 713-500-9068

Mailing address

Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services
UTHealth School of Public Health
P.O. Box 20186
Houston, TX 77225

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.