School of Public Health

School of Public Health Seeks Outstanding PhD Students

The UNTHSC School of Public Health seeks outstanding students for its PhD degree program in Public Health Sciences. Students are being recruited for two concentrations within the PhD program: Behavioral and Community Health and Epidemiology. Accepted students will be provided tuition and fee waiver for four years, a $24,000 stipend each year, medical insurance coverage,…

No effort too small in public health

As a public health student working on her doctoral degree, Erin Carlson, DrPH, questioned how reaching out to one local apartment complex could make a significant impact in breast cancer prevention. What she learned, after early detection saved the lives of several South Dallas women in that neighborhood, was that there are no small efforts…

Public health professor inspires Eagle Scout badge, helps moms and babies

On any given day, you might find UNTHSC School of Public Health assistant professor Marcy L. Paul, PhD, reading to elementary students in local schools and day care centers, working with parents-to-be at area churches, helping high school kids clean up the environment, or connecting with others to build a healthier community. It’s no surprise…

SPH training leads Biostatistics graduate to Harvard

When Kshitiz Rakesh (MPH ’15 Biostatistics) transferred to the UNTHSC School of Public Health (SPH), he was seeking a program that would challenge him beyond the coursework, involve him in real-world health problems and solutions, and push him to advanced levels of statistical programming and data analysis. What he found was a place that gave…

‘World War Z’ awareness fair to focus on zoonotic diseases

Scientists have long recognized the connection of diseases spread between animals and people, through viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi. This is so common, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that an estimated six out of every 10 infectious diseases in humans are spread from animals. On November 9, 2016, UNTHSC public…

Online degree works for Amarillo public health director

Caring for 250,00 people in addition to your own family can be a challenging job. So when Casie Stoughton, RN, MPH, decided to pursue a public health graduate degree, she knew the best option would be through online study (SPH Master of Public Health Professional Option). At the time, Stoughton was serving as Assistant Director…

New students consider public health myths, perceptions

“In any field, it’s important to know how to work together with people who are different and come from backgrounds other than our own. Especially in community health, we find solutions in unique ways through collaboration with others. Each perspective brings something important to the table,” said Karen Bell, PhD, Assistant Professor and Director of…

Public health professor lectures in China: Private rooms found to reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections

  In a study of 1.2 million patients treated at 292 Texas hospitals over a one year time period during 2013, Liam O’Neill, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy at the UNTHSC School of Public Health, and a student cohort have found that hospitals with mostly private rooms had a lower risk for…

New Dean talks public health

“Our graduates are doing incredible things to make the world a better, safer, healthier place,” said Dennis Thombs, PhD, newly-named Dean of the UNTHSC School of Public Health. After serving for the last year as Interim Dean, Dr. Thombs was selected from among a pool of national candidates as the leader who will move the…

A tradition of UNTHSC graduates

  2016 graduation was an “all in the family” celebration for Neda Moayad, DrPH, Adjunct Assistant Behavioral and Community Health Professor in the UNTHSC School of Public Health, when her daughter May received her medical degree from TCOM. Husband and proud dad, DFW-area neurologist Hamid Moayad, is a TCOM class of ’87 graduate, and Neda…