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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health Austin Campus 15th Anniversary

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UTHealth School of Public Health Austin Campus is celebrating 15 years of building public health in Central Texas through excellence in professional development and training, transdisciplinary research, and translation of scientific knowledge into action to create healthy habits. We believe that the academic rigor, world-class faculty, and research excellence of the UTHealth School of Public Health, along with the considerable academic, cultural, and intellectual resources of the Austin community, makes the UTHealth School of Public Health Austin Campus a highly attractive venue to further public health training and education.   

Campus research interests include obesity prevention, public health nutrition, physical activity promotion, international tobacco control, tobacco regulatory sciences, maternal and child health, the built environment, food insecurity, and health economics, focusing on children and adolescents. Support our cutting-edge research and top-tier education by donating today. 

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UTHealth School of Public Health Austin Campus is celebrating 15 years of building public health in Central Texas through excellence in professional development and training, transdisciplinary research, and translation of scientific knowledge into action to create healthy habits.

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History

The School of Public Health Austin Campus was established in 2007 after a core set of faculty moved to Austin to provide a home for the  Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living. 

In the past 15 years, the Austin Campus has achieved numerous milestones:

Academic

  • 15 masters-level academic programs: nine MPH, including six dual-degree programs with UT Austin, and three non-degree/certificates
  • Three doctoral programs in epidemiology and behavioral sciences 

Faculty and Research

  • 17 faculty with expertise in child health, tobacco, nutrition, and physical activity 
  • Contributed to many national and scholarly reports: 2 U.S. Surgeon General’s Reports on tobacco use and e-cigarette use among youth, 5 National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine (IOM)) reports, 2 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Position Papers on interventions and prevention of pediatric obesity, the U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, and many more scholarly achievements in high impact peer-reviewed journals and textbooks 
  • Spearheaded the development of CATCH Global Foundation

Community Impact

  • Hosted 15 Michael & Susan Dell Center Lectureships in Child Health, bringing in world-renowned experts in child and public health to Central Texas
  • Hosted academic and public health forums in Central Texas including Texas Obesity Awareness Week, institutional host for the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) 2012 Annual Meeting in Austin, TX and more 
  • Hosted over 100 webinars on child and public health available worldwide to academia, researchers, public health practitioners, school administrators, and more 

Graduates from the Austin Campus go on to work in varied and meaningful public health and academic settings, including the Texas Department of State Health Services, the US Food and Drug Administration, National Institute of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Anniversary Events

We invite you to join us as we celebrate the Austin campus’s 15th Anniversary.

Austin Campus 15th Anniversary Celebration

October 4

Austin Campus 15th Anniversary Celebration

Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Austin Public Library

Philip R. Nader Legacy of Health Lectureship

October 6

Philip R. Nader Legacy of Health Lectureship

Time: 11:30 AM
Location: UTHealth Houston School of Public Health Auditorium

Improving Health Through Nature

November 2

Improving Health Through Nature

Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Virtual Webinar

Our Campus


MPH Graduates


Doctoral Graduates

$Million
in research grants

Timeline

Legislature approved Austin Campus to recognize need for public health training in Central Texas

Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living established in Austin, funding awarded by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Spring 2007- Austin Campus established; Cheryl Perry becomes Regional Dean

First class of MPH incoming students at the Austin Campus (Fall semester)

Austin Campus/Dell Center Open House 2008

Austin Campus/Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living Center Open House 2008

DrPH, PhD, and MSSW-MPH Programs begin

First Austin Campus MPH graduation

106 students, 21 faculty, 86 staff, 1 postdoc

Dual Degree Programs with Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and UT Austin begin

BSPH/MPH Program begins with UT Austin

UTHealth SPH Austin Campus and Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living awarded nearly $20 million to launch Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS); 151 students, first Austin Campus Doctoral Graduates

10th Anniversary of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, 10th Annual Lectureship with Dr. Vivek Murphy, 19th Surgeon General of the United States

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Deanna Hoelscher named Campus Dean, Austin Campus

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571 total graduates since 2008

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As we celebrate 15 years of defining public health in Central Texas and beyond, please share an experience or story from your time with the Austin Campus.

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