Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research


Brett Perkison, MD, MPH, FACOEM

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Assistant Professor
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Assistant Professor, Occupational Medicine

Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences

Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH)

UTHealth Department of Family and Community Medicine

Research Interests

Environmental and Occupational Health
Health Education/Behavioral Sciences
Community Health Practice
Cardiovascular and Chronic Diseases
Social Determinants of Health
Border Health
Global Health
Health Economics
Maternal and Child Health


Originally from Texarkana, TX. William “Brett” Perkison, M.D., MPH, obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology at Texas A&M University and then his medical degree at UTMB Galveston. He completed his intern year in Family Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and then served three years as General Medical Officer stationed overseas in the U.S. Navy. He then returned to Baylor to complete his Family Medicine Residency and completed a second residency Occupational and Environmental medicine at the UT School of Public Health. Prior to joining SPH faculty he has had extensive experience in international corporate occupational medicine, occupational medicine for underserved populations, and director of the occupational medicine department of a large tertiary care health system. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University Of Texas School Of Public Health in the division of Occupational and Environmental sciences and holds a joint appointment at UT Health Dept of Family Medicine. His research interests include improving participation rates in both worksite and community based diabetes prevention programs. He is also interested in identifying ways to improve employer and community disaster preparedness related to the effects of climate change. He is currently involved in research in the specific areas of heat stress prevention and improving readiness for restoring post flood buildings in a safe manner. In addition to his research and educational responsibilities, he maintains a clinical practice one day a week at the Bayshore UT Physician' s clinic where he treats both primary care and occupationally related injuries and illnesses.


Email: [email protected]
Phone: (713) 500-9468

Current Projects

Improving the Health of Americans through Prevention and Management of Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke

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CHPPR, in collaboration with the GCREC at the UTHealth SBMI, will assist the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in carrying out the proposed activities for the project.