UNTHSC professor honored for outstanding achievement in environmental health


Published: August 3, 2009

GrattonTerryUniversity of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) professor Terrance B. (Terry) Gratton, DrPH, has received the 2009 Walter F. Snyder Award for outstanding achievement in advancing environmental health by NSF International (NSF International, The Public Health and Safety Company) and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).  Given in honor of NSF’s co-founder and first executive director, this award is presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the environmental health field; this year’s award honors Dr. Gratton for his 40-year career within the San Antonio, Texas, Metropolitan Health Department, the U.S. Public Health Service, and the UNTHSC School of Public Health.

NSF International is an independent, not-for-profit organization that helps protect individuals and communities by certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods (http://www.nsf.org/). Founded in 1944, NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.  The NEHA is a national professional society representing the profession and practice of environmental health (http://www.neha.org/).

According to NSF president and CEO Kevan P. Lawlor, “Dr. Gratton’s contributions to the environmental health profession have left a lasting positive impact in areas such as education, training and sanitation.”

Prior to joining the UNTHSC’s School of Public Health as assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health in 2000, Dr. Gratton served in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, where he spent 18 years with the Indian Health Service in Oklahoma, Kansas and Arizona, and five years with the Bureau of Prisons in Fort Worth, Texas.  Currently, he teaches the environmental health core courses for the UNTHSC Master of Public Health program and the environmental determinants core courses for the doctoral program.

Dr. Gratton is a founding member of the Alpha Sigma Chapter of Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society and has received the Public Health Student Association Award for outstanding contributions to service and events.  He has also received an Outstanding Teaching Award from the UNTHSC School of Public Health.

He holds a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Oklahoma City.