Reuel A. Stallones Building in the Texas Medical Center in Houston
At six campuses across Texas, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health works to improve the state of public health in Texas every day. Each of our campuses is strategically placed to meet the public health education and research needs of the diverse populations across Texas. UTHealth School of Public Health is the only school of public health in the nation with regional campuses.
The main campus, located in the heart of Houston’s Texas Medical Center, offers students unmatched opportunities for research and employment. The School of Public Health’s five regional campuses are in Austin, Brownville, Dallas, El Paso and San Antonio. Each campus has its own faculty and research specialties. Students can attend class at any of the six campuses via Interactive Television (ITV).
UTHealth School of Public Health is one of six schools of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), the most comprehensive academic health system in The University of Texas System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region. In addition to the School of Public Health, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, medicine and nursing. It also includes a psychiatric hospital, multiple institutes and centers, a growing network of clinics and outreach programs in education and care throughout the region.
The School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and the university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Students receive Beasley Travel Award to pursue public health in developing countries
HOUSTON – Five students from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health have received the R. Palmer Beasley, MD and Lu-Yu Hwang, MD Travel Award in International Research. This year’s recipients are Aleisha Elliott, Jamie Gutierrez, Elena Herrera, Sunny Ibeneme and Marie Kasbaum.
The award supports UTHealth School of Public Health students working on important public health issues in a developing country in Asia, Africa or Latin America, or students or junior faculty from a developing country working with faculty in one of the school’s six campuses across Texas. Each student receives a $2,000 stipend.
Since 2014, 16 students have received the award, established as a permanent endowment in memory of Beasley, a former UTHealth School of Public Health dean renowned for his groundbreaking research on the epidemiology and prevention of hepatitis. The competitive award is an opportunity for highly motivated individuals to experience mentored research and practicum training at funded research centers or institutions in developing countries. Up to five students per year from the School of Public Health have received the award.
Awards have funded research in Vietnam, Uganda, Kenya, Bangladesh, India, Chile, Hong Kong, Switzerland (Geneva), Colombia, Ecuador and Congo. Recipients present their international research travel experience at the school’s Global Health Seminar course (PH 5612).
The award funds the following projects for 2018:
Elliott (pictured bottom right in photo) will conduct research for her doctoral dissertation on how water insecurity affects mental health in rural communities in Kenya, and gender differences in water inequity. She is pursuing a doctorate in epidemiology at the Houston campus.
Gutierrez (bottom left) traveled to El Bosque University in Columbia to gain broader knowledge about how the country’s laboratories are contributing to the understanding of antibiotic resistance. She is currently earning a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in epidemiology at the Houston campus.
Herrera (top right) conducted research with the CATCH Global Foundation in Cuenca, Ecuador to understand the most prevalent health issues among school-aged children there, and developed prototypes for a health competency test to assess student knowledge in those key areas. She is pursuing an MPH in health promotion and behavioral sciences with a concentration in global health at the Austin campus.
Ibeneme (center) is in the Congo for a summer internship at the World Health Organization, African Region. While there, he will collect data for his dissertation on the impact of technology on improving HIV and tuberculosis health outcomes among African health systems. He is earning his doctorate in management, policy and community health at the Houston campus.
Kasbaum (top left) worked on her research practicum at the International Center for Microbial Genomics in Bogota, Columbia, comparing the non-prescription sale of antibiotics to foreign travelers and Colombian citizens. This project was created because adherence to antibiotic regulations in Bogotá pharmacies is lacking, leading to antibiotic overconsumption and misuse, and potentially allowing the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Kasbaum is pursuing her MPH in epidemiology at the Houston campus.