UTHealth School of Public Health COVID19 Updates

Update as of March 31, 2020 at 5 p.m. 

ALL: Gov. Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order requiring Texans to follow the Coronavirus Guidelines issued by the White House, emphasizing social distancing and limiting business activities to essential operations only, through April 30

Update as of March 25, 2020 at 10 a.m.

ALL: Students who are currently completing their practicum should work remotely for the remainder of the experience and should work in collaboration with their faculty mentor to complete the required practicum products. Students do have flexibility to modify their products and the competencies that these products address as needed based on this change.

Students planning a practicum experience for summer 2020 should still identify a practicum that informs public health practice and are strongly encouraged to identify an experience that can be completed remotely. In this circumstance, students may complete an experience that involves a faculty member as the preceptor. At this time, the School is not approving practicum experiences that require face-to-face interaction in the community or in clinics; however, this can change as the situation evolves. All students must still complete two final products and demonstrate attainment of competencies in the final products. 

These changes are designed to protect our students and our communities as we continue to navigate this situation. If you have any questions, please reach out to the practicum team at practicum@uth.tmc.edu

Update as of March 20, 2020 at 12 p.m. 

ALL: UTHealth School of Public Health has made the difficult decision to postpone the May 16, 2020 commencement ceremony until later this year, likely fall 2020. All students who were planning to participate in the original ceremony will be invited back to cross the stage, receive their diploma and meet the President at that time. Regional campuses will follow suit, working with their speakers and campus leadership to identify new dates in the fall for local celebrations. Please contact sphcommencement@uth.tmc.edu for immediate questions or concerns. 

Update as of March 17, 2020 at 10:40 a.m. 

AUSTIN: The UTHealth School of Public Health Austin campus formed a Response Team to monitor, plan, and communicate changes to faculty, staff, and students as it relates to the COVID-19 situation. The Response Team is meeting multiple times a week to discuss updates and plan outreach to ensure all Austin Campus affiliates are informed in a timely manner. If you have questions about the Austin campus please reach out to Dr. Kohl at harold.w.kohl@uth.tmc.edu or Heather Atteberry heather.n.atteberry@uth.tmc.edu

Update as of March 16, 2020 at 3:20 p.m. 

DALLAS: Per UT Southwestern Medical Center's update on Monday, Mar. 16, 2020, all UTHealth School of Public Health Dallas campus faculty and staff will begin teleworking until further notice. 

Update as of March 16, 2020 at 11:20 a.m. 

ALL: Per UTHealth’s update on Friday, Mar. 13, 2020, employees whose job duties can be performed remotely are encouraged to telework until further notice. Faculty/staff should work with their supervisors and direct reports to ensure all team members have the resources and ability to work from home effectively. More information about setting up to work remotely is available on the SPHCOVID19 Resources section of the Intranet.

For technical support, email SPHIThelp@uth.tmc.edu or call (713) 500-9065. For IT help outside of normal business hours, please call the main UTHealth helpdesk at (713) 486-4848.

Update as of March 12, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.

ALL CAMPUSES: The UTHealth School of Public Health is continuing to monitor the impact of COVID-19. In the interest of our community’s health and safety, all classes that are currently delivered in-person will move online starting March 23, and will remain online through the end of the spring semester.

Courses should continue to be held at their normal meeting time and utilize WebEx. Faculty and students affected by this change will have until the end of spring break (Friday, Mar. 20) to make any necessary arrangements to ensure course continuity. Information and reference materials for WebEx can be found on the SPHCOVID19 Resources section of the Intranet.

For ongoing practicums, students are now prohibited from working in clinic settings and should avoid medium and large group gatherings. Faculty and students should exercise flexibility in the practicum experience and final products. For questions related to a specific practicum experience, please contact practicum@uth.tmc.edu.

At this time, none of our school buildings are under restricted access. Faculty and staff are expected to report to work as usual, but members of the school community who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 are still asked to follow self-quarantine procedures and contact Student Health Services / Employee Health Services. Advising and thesis/dissertation research will proceed as normal. Students should contact their faculty advisor with questions or concerns. 

For more information, like travel restrictions and updates from the UTHealth administration, please visit the UTHealth COVID-19 Resource Page

We will share updates as soon as they become available.