The UTHealth Houston School of Public Health offers a comprehensive online repository, the "Academic-Practice Collaboration Hub," where students and faculty can access a wealth of information and resources related to the school's academic health department relationships and its dynamic collaborations with practice-based entities. This valuable resource serves as a central hub for bridging theory with real-world applications in public health.
Academic Public Health Partnership - Texas Department of State Health Services
Launched in 2022, the Academic Public Health Partnership is actively advancing the partnership between the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and UTHealth Houston School of Public Health. This collaboration is boosting public health education, research, and community service. It benefits students, public health professionals, and health departments by preparing them for local public health challenges, offering ongoing education, and enhancing employment opportunities. The existing relationship between DSHS and UTHealth Houston School of Public Health is growing through this initiative. The APHP's goal is to identify and strengthen existing collaborative efforts and cultivate innovative approaches to support Texas's current and future public health workforce. It actively fosters collaboration in areas such as educational programs, research, workforce development, and public health practice, contributing to an improved response to Texas' public health needs.
Academic Health Department - Dallas County Health and Human Services
In 2022, UTHealth Houston School of Public Health solidified an Academic Health Department with Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS). This collaboration offers enhanced educational opportunities, streamlined pathways to employment, improved professional development for public health workers, and increased efficiency in public health research and delivery. It builds upon a long-standing collaboration and introduces innovative elements to foster greater access to expertise, technology, and research sharing, aiming to boost efficiency in education and career opportunities for both partners and their communities. Through the Academic Health Department, a practicum-to-employment pipeline is developing, ensuring students and graduates have access to professional opportunities while providing DCHHS with a skilled workforce. These ongoing activities represent a dynamic partnership geared towards advancing public health in Texas.