School of Public Health

A career path focused on reducing alcohol- and drug-related harms

The year was 1986 when news stunned the country with reports that first-team, all American college basketball player Len Bias had died of a cocaine/alcohol overdose on the University of Maryland campus. The young athlete – described by some sportswriters as one of the greatest college players ever - had just been drafted by the…

Cancer survivor’s journey back to health

   Dr. Raheem Paxton with Tomi Huff When Tomi Huff was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 54, she knew she was going to die. No matter what the doctors said, she felt like her life was already over. Fast forward three rounds of chemotherapy and six years later, and Tomi is now cancer free with…

Student attacks international sex trafficking

A UNTHSC public health student wants to stop international sex trafficking with a simple piece of jewelry. The “Safe Move” bracelet, designed by MPH graduate student Kwynn Gonzalez-Pons, has the potential to save countless lives around the world by helping law enforcement agencies locate missing children and adults. Equipped with a global tracking device, this…

SPH names Associate Dean for Research, announces other promotions

Sharon Homan, MS, PhD, has been named as Associate Dean for Research for the UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health (SPH). She had previously served as Biostatistics and Epidemiology Chair for the school. Serving as Interim Chair of Biostatistics and Epidemiology is Associate Professor Sumihiro (Sumi) Suzuki, PhD. Dr. Homan has a substantial…

HHS funds $2.2 million interpersonal violence project

  A UNT Health Science Center project aimed at addressing interpersonal violence has been awarded $2.2 million in funding over the next three years by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. The project - called TESSA (Technology Enhanced Screening and Supportive Assistance) - is being led by Emily Spence-Almaguer,…

Dr. Richard Kurz named Dean Emeritus

For the first time at the UNT Health Science Center, The UNT System Board of Regents has bestowed the unique and special honor of the Dean Emeritus title to Richard S. Kurz, PhD, on the day of his retirement. The announcement was made by Thomas Yorio, PhD, UNTHSC Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic…

SPH Dean retires, Interim Dean named

Richard S. Kurz, PhD, Dean of the UNTHSC School of Public Health (SPH), will retire on August 31, after leading the SPH and serving as tenured Professor of Health Management and Policy for the last eight years. He will continue as an adjunct faculty member following retirement to complete several projects. “Retirement is a decision…

SPH student wins Gunnin Scholarship

UNT Health Science Center student Udoka Obinwa has been awarded the Dr. Gerry C. Gunnin Public Health Memorial Scholarship from Texas Health Resources. Obinwa is a Master of Public Health (MPH) student in the UNTHSC School of Public Health’s Biostatistics and Epidemiology Department. Prior to enrolling with UNTHSC, Obinwa studied parasitology, entomology and medical laboratory…

MPH Health Management & Policy goes online

Students seeking a Master of Public Health degree in Health Management and Policy are now able to complete the program entirely online through the UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health. This degree helps prepare students for careers in policy development, policy analysis and health systems management. Course topics include health systems, health economics…