UTHSCT, UT School of Public Health announce collaboration to offer graduate level public health education in Northeast Texas

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The University of Texas School of Public Health, a part of UTHealth in Houston, and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler announced a collaboration today expanding educational opportunities for graduate level public health education in the Tyler area and Northeast Texas.

“Eighty five percent of the public health workforce in Texas has no formal public health training,” said Roberta B. Ness, MD, MPH, dean of the UT School of Public Health.

“By providing additional access to public health education, we hope to see greater numbers of trained professionals providing public health services in Texas communities,” she added.

At left, UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A.Calhoun praises the collaboration during a reception held today at the School of Public Health in Houston to announce the agreement.

Beginning in the fall 2010 semester, students with a bachelor’s degree can take graduate level public health classes working toward a Graduate Certificate in Public Health.

Classes will be held at the UTHSCT campus via interactive television (ITV). Using ITV, students and professors can be in Tyler or at any of the six UT School of Public Health campuses across Texas interacting as though everyone was in the same classroom.

“I am very proud that the Health Science Center in Tyler has been so heavily involved in public health in the Northeast Texas region,” said Kirk Calhoun, MD, president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

“We now have a wonderful opportunity to work with the UT School of Public Health, one of the finest schools of public health in the country, in bringing educational opportunities in public health to our region,” Dr. Calhoun added.

According to Calhoun, the goal of this collaboration is to improve the quality of health for every citizen in Northeast Texas through the prevention of disease and the promotion of health. This will be the first of many such opportunities, he said.

The two universities have been in talks since fall 2009 because of the great need to provide advanced public health education in Texas.

The Graduate Certificate Program offers classes in epidemiology, biostatistics, humans’ impact on the environment, management and policy sciences, and social and behavioral aspects of public health. The certificate is available via online classes as well.

To apply to The UT School of Public Health Graduate Certificate Program, contact UTSPH student affairs at 713-500-9032 or saffairs@uth.tmc.edu.

For 40 years, The University of Texas School of Public Health has been making health happen by protecting and transforming the health of people in Texas, across the nation and around the world. With six campuses throughout the state, the school has established a strong reputation as a leader in public health. In addition to being a top-ranked graduate school of public health, UTSPH is the No. 1 ranked program in health promotion and prevention and is a premier program for students interested in genetics, epidemiology, and disease prevention. The school has five divisions of study: Biostatistics; Epidemiology and Disease Control; Environmental and Occupational Health; Management, Policy and Community Health; and Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences. There are also thirteen research centers within the school and one institute focusing on specialized research needs in the diverse areas of public health. For additional information on The University of Texas School of Public Health, visit www.sph.uth.tmc.edu.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, occupational health, and the disciplines that support them. As the academic medical center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education program – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine - provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond.

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