Dr. Shlesma Chhetri joins SPH faculty


Published: August 26, 2019

By Sally Crocker

Shlesma Chhetri PhotoThe UNTHSC School of Public Health is pleased to welcome Shlesma Chhetri, PhD, MPH, as new Assistant Professor, Health Behavior and Health Systems.

Dr. Chhetri is a UNTHSC graduate, having received both her PhD and MPH in Behavioral and Community Health from the UNTHSC School of Public Health.

During the final year of her UNTHSC PhD program, she worked as a Project Coordinator with the Texas Center for Health Disparities – one of 12 health disparities centers in the United States, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – and managed the SHE Tribe program – a social network-based healthy lifestyle intervention program for women – and the Community Engagement Core, both funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Dr. Chhetri has been involved in community health since 2013. During her PhD program, she worked on a variety of community projects related to homelessness, community re-entry of incarcerated women, intimate partner violence, financial stability and women’s wellness.

Since 2018, she has continued to work on public health projects funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She recently started working on latent tuberculosis prevention and treatment funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  She is also involved in strengthening community engagement in research within the UNTHSC community.

Her UNTHSC graduate program also provided opportunities to teach and mentor students, and she taught a master’s-level course on program evaluation as a Teaching Fellow, and provided teaching assistance for other graduate-level courses. She also supervised service-learning projects and helped students build partnerships with community organizations.

As a UNTHSC doctoral student, Dr. Chhetri was recognized for Outstanding Student Oral Presentation by the Texas Public Health Association in 2015 and 2017, and was presented with the UNTHSC School of Public Health Dean’s Award for Scholarly Excellence in Research in 2018 and 2019.