Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

What is EHGES?

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.

Epidemiology Degrees


Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Degrees


What Can You Do After Graduation?

Job opportunities, position descriptions and salaries for UTSPH EHGES graduates vary greatly at the local, state, national and international level. Typically, UTSPH 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:

State Epidemiologist

Research Epidemiologist


Cancer Epidemiologist

Infectious Disease Epidemiologist

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


Texas Medical Center

Baylor Clinic

Memorial Hermann

The Methodist Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital

Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Texas A&M Health Science Center- Institute of Biosciences and Technology

M.D Anderson Cancer Center

City of Houston Department of Health and Human Services

San Antonio:

San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

UTHSC San Antonio

University Health System

San Antonio Military Medical Center

Texas Department of State Health Services Region 8


UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas County Health & Human Services

Tarrant County Public Health

Parkland Hospital

El Paso:

Texas Department of State Health Services Region 9/10

El Paso City County Health Epidemiology

Pan American Health Organization- US-Mexico Border Office

Texas Tech Paul I. Foster School of Medicine


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

American Cancer Society

Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

National Cancer Institute

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International


World Health Organization (WHO)

Family Health International (FHI)

Pan American Health Organization

Research & Centers

Research Centers and Areas of Concentration

The research conducted by faculty, staff and students in the Division of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Science (EHGES) is incredibly diverse. The following is a list of the EHGES Division s main research centers and research concentrations, and primary faculty who conduct research and teach courses in these areas.

Research Centers

Center for Infectious Diseases

Human Genetics Center

Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

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 Life Resources for Houston and the Texas Medical Center

Housing Information

Life In Texas – SPHISO

University Housing Information

Search for Available Housing

Medical Center Area Apartments

Houston Area Information

Houston Visitors Bureau

Houston: It’s cooler than you think (Provided by Rice University)

Free Things To Do in Houston

Parking and Transportation

TMC Parking

UT Houston Auxiliary Enterprises – Parking

UT Houston Auxiliary Enterprises – Shuttle Schedule

Metro Bus and Train

Bicycles in the Texas Medical Center

Health Services

University Dental Center

Student Health Services

UT Houston Health Services

Student Counseling Service

Other Libraries and Computer Labs

HAM-TMC Jesse Jones Library

Research Medical Library UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Quick Links:

Epidemiology Handbook Fall 2013 – Summer 2014

Epidemiology Faculty Research Interests  (Spring 2014)

PhD/DrPH in Epidemiology Preliminary Exam Intent Form and Eligibility Criteria

Academic Calendar


Student Guide About Plagiarism

Catalog and Course Information



Student Affairs


EOHS Degree Planners

EOHS MPH Degree Planner

EOHS DrPH Degree Planner

EOHS PhD Degree Planner

Epidemiology Degree Planners

EPI MPH Degree Planner

EPI MS Degree Planner

EPI DrPH Degree Planner

EPI PhD Degree Planner


General Forms

MPH Forms

MS Forms

DrPH Forms

For doctoral students entering Fall 2011 and after:

For doctoral students entering PRIOR to Fall 2011

PhD Forms

For doctoral students entering Fall 2011 and after:

For doctoral students entering PRIOR to Fall 2011

Get Involved:

Human Genetics Student Society

International Student Organization

Public Health Student of African Descent

Student Association

Student Epidemic Intelligence Society

Student InterCouncil

Student Society for Global Health

The Board

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EHGES Contact Information

Eric Boerwinkle, PhD
Division Director

Margaret (Peggy) Coleman
Epidemiology Admissions Coordinator

D. Michael Hallman, PhD
Epidemiology Faculty Admissions Representative

Leticia Valles
EOHS Admissions Coordinator

Lawrence Whitehead, PhD
EOHS Faculty Admissions Representative