Public Health Saves Lives
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The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has raised many questions about the role of public health in our communities. Various organizations and communities across the nation have responded differently, and while recently there has been lots of good news about vaccines rolling out, that does not mean the impact of COVID-19 dissipates overnight. We are all still figuring out this path forward together, and one thing has become incredibly clear over the course of the last year:
We need more people, of all backgrounds, involved in public health issues.
Public health is more than just COVID-19. Things like worker safety regulations, vaccination campaigns, promoting good hygiene in school or having open, honest conversations with people about the risks of unprotected sex are all examples of public health efforts that have saved lives and prevented the spread of disease. Opportunities to affect positive public health changes occur at all levels of society, too. Whether you studied policy, marketing and advertising, business, or biological sciences, there’s a place in public health where your passion and expertise is needed.
UTHealth School of Public Health is the largest and first school of public health in Texas, and has six campuses spread across the state: Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio. We offer both masters and doctoral degrees that cover a wide range of subjects including, but not limited to:
- Environmental Sciences
- Health Promotion and Education
- Behavioral Science
- Management and Policy
- Community Health
As a member institution of the largest medical center in the world, the Texas Medical Center, our university offers students the chance to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the field. As part of their degree, students have:
- Conducted literature reviews on the difference in 5-year survival rates in US born Black women and African-born Black women diagnosed with breast cancer to demonstrate the ethnic differences due to immigration
- Assessed mental health services offered by employee assistance programs of top Texas Fortune 500 firms
- Researched the effect of unconventional gas and oil drilling emissions on asthma respiratory disease in Barnett Shale region in Texas
These opportunities that wouldn’t be possible without the vast connections and support of UTHealth School of Public Health.
The health challenges we face are multifaceted and constantly changing. The matter of the next pandemic is not if, but when. If you want to help shape the way our healthcare systems, our research institutions, our local governments, and our communities interact to solve future public health crises, there’s a place for you here.
A healthier future is within our reach. Help make it a reality. Join us.