Epidemiology, human genetics & environmental sciences

Understanding and reducing the burden of disease and mitigating man's impact on the environment through research, education and service.

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From genetic predisposition to environmental exposure

The Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences encompasses every facet of life that can affect a population’s health.

The fields covered by our department offer a different angle from which to assess and tackle pressing health issues affecting communities and populations. Our epidemiology students learn to bring the full context into view, in order to understand the patterns and relationships in chronic and infectious diseases and other health outcomes such as injuries, aging and mental health in populations. Our human genetics students immerse themselves in genetics and genomic research to help guide decisions regarding the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Additionally, our environmental and occupational health students investigate environmental and occupational exposures to determine how they affect health and to ensure healthy workplaces and communities.

Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics, and Environmental Sciences (EHGES). The faculty, students, staff, and alumni of EHGES have a shared mission to reduce the burden of disease in human populations. Our department accomplishes this goal through excellence in research, education and service.

Although teaching and academic programs are the engines that drives our department, research is the fuel that keeps the intellectual engines running. EHGES is committed to excellence in research and affecting positive changes in the quality of health around the world. Some of our research enterprise is conducted in specialized research centers. The Center for Infectious Disease (CID) has a commitment to conquering the emerging infectious diseases that result from close contact between humans and other species, or the result of poor sanitation and inappropriate food handling. The Human Genetics Center (HGC) is utilizing the latest genomic technology to understand the genetic etiology of many of the common chronic diseases that plague human populations. The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) is addressing the threats to health and well-being posed by occupational and environmental factors through multidisciplinary and innovative approaches to research.

As you consider your options, I encourage you to explore our website and learn more about how our graduate programs can help launch you on the path of a successful public health career. For more information, please feel free to contact us at sphehges@uth.tmc.edu

Professor Alanna Morrison, PhD
Chair, EHGES 


The foundation of public health.

Epidemiologists play a vital role in disease prevention and control by studying the determinants and patterns of disease in populations. Through rigorous coursework, we prepare our students to confront some of the most consequential health conditions affecting our local and global communities. Many faculty and graduates of our epidemiology programs are leading experts in both chronic and infectious diseases, helping to extend life expectancy, advance health equity, improve quality of care, and pave the way for innovations in how we address future health events.

Environmental Sciences

Protecting our environment to preserve public health.

Environmental and occupational health scientists are at the forefront of the most critical public health challenges today. Whether addressing workplace safeguards during a pandemic or mitigating the threats of extreme weather, aging urban infrastructure, and foodborne outbreaks, those working in environmental health inform the health policies that impact where we live and work. Faculty expertise and leadership span industry, government and academia. Along with interactive curricula, students engage in research that lead to solutions to contemporary public health problems.

Epidemiology, human genetics and environmental sciences research

We offer a supportive and thriving research culture, including many grant-funded projects and high-profile partnerships with other health and community organizations. Our department collaborates with the Center for Infectious DiseasesHuman Genetics CenterSouthwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and the Center for Health Equity on a wide range of topics. 

Our research interests and efforts include: 

  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes  and other Chronic Diseases
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response Training
  • Environmental and Occupational Exposures (Waterborne Diseases, Air Quality)
  • Ergonomics
  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Human Genetics
  • Human Health Risk Assessment
  • Industrial Toxicology
  • Infectious Diseases & Immunology
  • Injury, Violence & Substance Abuse
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Epidemiology 
  • Nutrition & Obesity
  • Pediatric, Perinatal & Reproductive
  • Physical Activity
  • Total Worker Health®

Graduate Certificates offered

The Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences offers the following graduate certificates:

 For degree-seeking students
 For non-degree seeking students


Genomics and Bioinformatics Certificate Information:

Expand your knowledge by learning how to identify, analyze, and integrate genomic and high-dimensional multi-omic data into population and personalized health with a Genomics and Bioinformatics Certificate from UTHealth School of Public Health.

Students, clinicians, and researchers enrolled in the program will be equipped with a unique set of skills needed to compete and lead in genomic sciences. These skills, obtained through a structured set of courses in computational genetics, clinical genetics, and genetic epidemiology, will assist students in understanding advances in human genetics and bioinformatics and its application to research and practice. 

The Genomics and Bioinformatics Certificate can be completed in 12 months if the required courses are taken in three consecutive semesters. Certification is available for degree, and non-degree seeking students. 

 Course delivery available completely online

For more information, please contact JR F. Bright, academic and admissions advisor, at JR.F.Bright@uth.tmc.edu.


Infectious Disease Epidemiology Certificate Information:

Enhance your expertise in infectious disease epidemiology with an immersive Infectious Disease Epidemiology Certificate from the UTHealth School of Public Health.

Students, clinicians, and researchers enrolled in the program will delve into the intricate world of pathogen transmission, colonization, and infection; outbreak investigation; and public health interventions. These skills, obtained through coursework in the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases, applied epidemiology and outbreak investigations, and a range of classes across the breadth of infectious disease applications, will enable students to understand how epidemiologic concepts and techniques are applied to the study and intervention on infectious pathogens in both research and practice.

The Infectious Disease Epidemiology Certificate can be completed in 12 months if the required courses are taken in three consecutive semesters. Certification is available for degree seeking students.

For more information, please contact Blake Hanson, PhD, at blake.hanson@uth.tmc.edu.

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