Richard S. Kurz, PhD

Dean, School of Public Health

UNTHSC_SPH_Richard_Kurz (1)Dr. Richard S. Kurz oversees all academic, research and service activities of the School of Public Health. He also serves as Interim Director of the Texas Prevention Institute and Professor of Health Management and Policy.

As Chair of the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), he oversees the credentialing body for public health professionals. He also assists the Texas Department of State Health Services with the accreditation of local health departments and has served as a Commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Management Education and Chair of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, the international association of accredited health administration programs.

Dr. Kurz has served on advisory boards and task forces nationally for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Veterans Administration and the Institute of Medicine, as well as for the Missouri Department of Health and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

He has published and presented in the areas of health services organization and management, especially on the topics of leadership, access to care and quality improvement. For six years, he was editor of the Journal of Healthcare Management.

In 2013, Dr. Kurz was recognized in the Dallas Business Journal’s Who’s Who in Health Care—25 People Who Are Changing the Industry in North Texas. He is a recipient of the Texas Public Health Association’s 2013 President’s Award and in 2012 was recognized as a Healthcare Hero by the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and UnitedHealthcare.

Prior to joining UNTHSC in 2007, Dr. Kurz served as Dean of the Saint Louis University School of Public Health and as Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy, as well as in other administrative roles at Saint Louis University.

He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his BA in Sociology from Washington and Lee University.

Dr. Kurz has served the Fort Worth community as Chair of the Hispanic Wellness Coalition, United Way of Tarrant County Health Council and Healthy Tarrant County Collaborative. In addition, he created a collaborative effort with key community leaders to reduce infant mortality in Tarrant County.