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.
Online MPH in Epidemiology Degree: 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 online program here!
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.
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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.
Online 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.
Fall 2020 Application Deadlines:
- December 1, 2019: for degree-seeking applicants who wish to be considered for admission and new student scholarships for the fall 2020 semester.
- April 1, 2020: final deadline for all degree-seeking applicants for the fall 2020 semester.
- 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 online program launch here.
Have questions? We've got your answers! Please visit the prospective student FAQ's page here.
Prospective Student Open House, June 21
The Prospective Student Open House will provide an in-depth look at the School of Public Health and provide information on the admissions process. The event will also give guests the opportunity to meet with faculty, staff and students from the department they are interested in. Please RSVP for the Prospective Student Open House HERE.
For more information, please visit our website at GO.UTH.EDU/OnlineEpi or email OnlineEpi@uth.tmc.edu.
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 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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