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.
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 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 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:
Infectious Disease Epidemiologist
The following includes local, state, national and international establishments where our graduates typically work after graduation.
Texas Medical Center
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 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
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