UT School of Public Health

What is Public Health?

The American Public Health Association defines public health as “promoting and protecting the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play.”

If that definition sounds broad—that’s because it is. The exciting thing about public health is that it is a diverse, expansive field, and growing rapidly. Everything we do as public health professionals aims to use research and insights to encourage healthy practices, prevent disease and injury, and improve quality of life, all at the community level. It is a critical component in the continuum of healthcare. 

Why study at UTHealth School of Public Health?

We offer degree programs at six campuses: Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio. The unique racial, geographic, and economic diversity of Texas provides students the opportunity to explore a wide range of public health areas, and our classes and research opportunities set the bar when it comes to hands-on experience and faculty engagement. We train students to solve some of the world’s most complex problems by preparing them in the following disciplines: 

  • Biostatistics and Data Science are quantitative sciences in public health that prepare students to apply statistical science to understand the problems of human health and disease in the population.
  • Environmental and Occupational Health is concerned with environmental influences on human health and prepares students to characterize, access, and mitigate harmful physical, chemical and biological agents in the environment.
  • Epidemiology is a quantitative science that prepares students to investigate patterns of health across the world, delineate causes of disease and injury, and prevent diseases and injury to make lives better.
  • Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences examines how our decisions, good or bad, affect our lives, maps out opportunities for change, and evaluates how well health programs work.
  • Management, Policy and Community Health experts work to ensure lawmakers, businesses and scientists collaborate to protect people, communities and nations.

As populations around the globe continue to grow and evolve, more public health issues are going to emerge. In order to solve them, we’ll need people of all different backgrounds and perspectives. No matter what your interests are, what you’re good at, or what you want to achieve, there’s a place where your skills and passion are needed. For more in-depth information on our different degree programs and our six campus locations, visit our website: SPH.UTH.EDU