Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

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Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences

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


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.

Launching Fall 2019: The Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology will be offered fully online starting in fall 2019. Learn more and keep up-to-date with our 2019 online program launch here!

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.Surveyandgarbage

Environmental Sciences

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.

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.

Genomics and Bioinformatics Certificate-New!2018_11_05 REVISED GB Cert

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.

Enhance your education with a graduate certificate in genomics and bioinformatics. The certificate is intended for professionals in academic, clinical, and research settings who are now or soon to be faced with complex genomic and multi-omic data.

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, will assist students in understanding the advances in human genomics and bioinformatics so that they may apply this knowledge to improve public health and prevent disease. 

The Genomics and Bioinformatics Certificate can be completed in 12 months if the required courses are taken in three consecutive semesters. Please review the course requirements here and a description of course content here. Online classes are available starting spring 2019. For more information, please contact JR Bright, academic and admissions advisor, at JR.F.Bright@uth.tmc.edu.


Degree-Seeking students:

  • To elect a certificate, please complete the Election Form.
  • The Completion Form must be submitted in your final semester as part of your graduation checklist or earlier if the certificate requirements have been met.

Non-Degree Seeking students:

  • Submit the online application via SOPHAS Express.
  • Submit the $50 application fee
  • Submit all supporting documents
    • Reference letter (electronic request to recommender through the application system)
    • Transcripts (applicant may upload official or unofficial transcripts that lists the degree awarded. If the applicant is admitted, an official transcript must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.
  • For more information on admission requirements, please visit the certificate webpage here.

2018_11_05 REVISED Online Epi AdOnline Master of Public Health in Epidemiology

UTHealth School of Public Health is excited to announce the start of our online Master of Public Health in epidemiology.

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.

Application Deadlines:

  • December 1, 2018: for degree-seeking applicants who wish to be considered for admission and new student scholarships for the fall 2019 semester
  • April 1, 2019: final deadline for all degree-seeking applicants for the fall 2019 semester

Program Details:

  • 18 to 24 months program, fully online
  • Low tuition and low student-to-faculty ratio
  • 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 2019 online program launch here.

Research Centers and Areas of Concentration

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.

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

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. 

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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EHGES Contact Information

Alanna C. Morrison, PhD, FAHA
Department Chair

Tressie Jackson
Senior Administrative Manager

Epidemiology Admissions

JR Bright
Academic and Admission Advisor II

Kim Waller, Ph.D.
Epidemiology Faculty Admissions Representative

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Admissions

Leticia Valles
EOHS Admissions Coordinator

Lawrence Whitehead, PhD
EOHS Faculty Admissions Representative


Kori Gould
Senior Communications Specialist