Reuel A. Stallones Building in the Texas Medical Center in Houston
At six campuses across Texas, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health works to improve the state of public health in Texas every day. Each of our campuses is strategically placed to meet the public health education and research needs of the diverse populations across Texas. UTHealth School of Public Health is the only school of public health in the nation with regional campuses.
The main campus, located in the heart of Houston’s Texas Medical Center, offers students unmatched opportunities for research and employment. The School of Public Health’s five regional campuses are in Austin, Brownville, Dallas, El Paso and San Antonio. Each campus has its own faculty and research specialties. Students can attend class at any of the six campuses via Interactive Television (ITV).
UTHealth School of Public Health is one of six schools of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), the most comprehensive academic health system in The University of Texas System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region. In addition to the School of Public Health, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, medicine and nursing. It also includes a psychiatric hospital, multiple institutes and centers, a growing network of clinics and outreach programs in education and care throughout the region.
The School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and the university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
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 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.
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 Virtual Information Sessions
Interested in UTHealth School of Public Health's epidemiology or environmental sciences degree programs? If so, please join us at one of our upcoming virtual information sessions:
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.
The MPH in epidemiology spans the five core disciplines of public health — biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, and social and behavioral sciences — as well as in-depth knowledge and skills in epidemiology.
Explore cardiovascular disease, genetics, infectious disease, occupational epidemiology and other areas through our elective courses. Program graduates are prepared to put epidemiologic concepts and methods into public health practice. This includes conducting research studies in public health and interpreting scientific evidence relevant to public health. Graduates leave prepared to enter the workforce, improving the health of the population through prevention and better health outcomes.
Fall 2020 Application Deadline:
April 1, 2020: final deadline for all degree-seeking applicants for the fall 2020 semester.
Rigorous coursework and excellent practicum experiences in the field
45 units total
UTHealth School of Public Health and its programs are accredited by CEPH
For more information regarding the online MPH in epidemiology program, please contact JR Bright, academic and admissions advisor, at OnlineEpi@uth.tmc.edu or 713-500-9361. To apply, please visit the UTHealth School of Public Health application and admission requirements webpage here.
Learn more and keep up to date with our online program launch here.
Have questions? We've got your answers! Please visit the prospective student FAQ's page here.
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 department's main research centers and research concentrations.
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
Job opportunities, position descriptions and salaries for EHGES graduates vary greatly at the local, state and national and international levels. Typically, School of Public Health graduates find job descriptions 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.