Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

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Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences includes a broad group of sciences that involve most areas of public health.

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Epidemiology is one of the basic sciences of public health. Epidemiologists play a vital role in disease prevention through their study of detecting determinants and patterns of disease in vulnerable populations.

Human Genetics

Human genetics research involves locating and characterizing genes underlying chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease and diabetes. Geneticists are responsible for characterizing the extent and utility of DNA variation within and among populations, and how this variation impacts the health of individuals, families and populations.

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Environmental science research involves studying the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the environment where you work. Environmental and occupational health scientists study physical, biological and chemical exposures encountered by the public for purposes of providing solutions to natural and man-made problems in our environment.

EHGES Academic Programs

The Academic Programs for EHGES are divided into two areas - Epidemiology and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS). The Epidemiology Program offers MPH, MS, DrPH and PhD degree programs. The Human Genetics curriculum is part of the Epidemiology program. The EOHS program also offers MPH, DrPH and PhD degrees.

Academic advisors are available to help students with degree plans and determining the course of their educational careers.

What Can You Do After Graduation?

Job opportunities, position descriptions and salaries for SPH EHGES graduates vary greatly at the local, state, national and international level. Typically, SPH EHGES graduates find job positions in local and state health departments, hospitals, university systems, the private sector, and non-profit organizations. Epidemiology is an evolving field that is constantly adapting to the needs of the public. Emerging job opportunities in epidemiology include cancer epidemiologist, pharmacoepidemiologist, and nutritional epidemiologist, to name a few.

Career titles and profiles of epidemiologists:

The following includes local, state, national and international establishments where our graduates typically work after graduation.


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Research Centers and Areas of Concentration

The research conducted by faculty, staff and students in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Science (EHGES) is incredibly diverse. The following is a list of the EHGES Department's main research centers and research concentrations.

Research Centers

Research Areas of Concentration

  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes & Other Chronic Diseases
  • Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS)
  • Health Services Research
  • Human Genetics & Genomics
  • Infectious Diseases & Immunology
  • Injury, Violence & Substance Abuse
  • Nutrition & Obesity
  • Pediatric, Perinatal & Reproductive
  • Physical Activity

Student Resources

Libraries and Computer Labs

Quick Links:

EOHS Degree Planners

Epidemiology Degree Planners


General Forms

MPH Forms

MS Forms

PhD Forms

Student Life Resources for Houston and the Texas Medical Center

Housing Information

Houston Area Information

Parking and Transportation

Health Services

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EHGES Contact Information

Alanna C. Morrison, PhD, FAHA
Department Chair

JR Bright
Academic and Admission Advisor II

Kim Waller, Ph.D.
Epidemiology Faculty Admissions Representative

Leticia Valles
EOHS Admissions Coordinator

Lawrence Whitehead, Ph.D.
EOHS Faculty Admissions Representative