School of Community and Rural Health Dean’s Welcome

Gerald (Dr. Jerry) Ledlow, Ph.D., MHA, FACHE Dean
Gerald (Dr. Jerry) Ledlow, Ph.D., MHA, FACHE Dean

Welcome to the School of Community and Rural Health at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. Imagine being a professional in a field that is much more than just a job and a title. Can you see yourself in a career that will make a real and positive difference in your community, region, state, and even nationally? We exist to train you in the professions of public health, occupational health, health administration, and the clinical practice and management of health. If you want a meaningful profession that helps improve health, your training starts here. Our experienced faculty and staff provide ‘hands-on’ education, mentoring, and career training so you can make a difference in a variety of health-related fields, including:

  • Epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Social and behavioral health
  • Health policy and administration
  • Medical occupational health
  • Environmental health and health analytics

As the only academic health science center in Northeast Texas, we are known for our comprehensive experience in public health, management expertise, successful collaborations, and consensus building. For many years, we have invested in actionable, real-world solutions to the region’s toughest public health challenges and have become a leader in community health. Our program will connect you with real and ongoing public health and healthcare delivery – actual patients and families with actual health needs – making your educational experience much more valuable than a traditional program would.

Our generalized master of public health (MPH) program specializes in rural community health and the unique needs posed by these vulnerable populations. The MPH courses are taught by individuals with notable leadership experience, not only in academia, but in state and local public health programs and solutions. Our exceptional graduate degree is designed to be accessible to and affordable for students from communities in our region and beyond.

The mission of the MPH program is to positively impact health in Northeast Texas and beyond. Our diverse, multidisciplinary, and experienced faculty and staff stand ready to teach, provide hands-on experiences, mentor with a low faculty-to-student ratio, and assist you in achieving your academic goals.

Are you ready to start a professional career that is meaningful? We want to hear from you! Feel free to send us your questions, and let us know how we can propel you into a career that makes a real difference.

Warm Regards,

Gerald (Dr. Jerry) Ledlow, Ph.D., MHA, FACHE
Dean