Americans die sooner, are unhealthier, and have poorer quality of life than those in other high-income countries. The profession of public health continually strives to improve the health of communities and populations by preventing infectious and chronic disease, promoting and encouraging healthy behaviors, protecting against environmental hazards, preventing injuries, responding to disasters and assisting communities in recovery, and assuring the quality and accessibility of health services. In fact, the Bureau of Labor statistics projects that the workforce will add 15.6 million public health jobs by 2022.
Public health researchers investigate the interplay of individual
biological and behavioral factors with aspects of the physical, social,
and policy environments in both clinical and community settings.
The Graduate Program in Public Health has been fully accredited since 2002 by the
national accrediting body, the Council for Education on Public Health
(CEPH), and leads to the MPH degree. The program also offers opportunities for students interested in pursuing dual degrees (MD/MPH and PhD/MPH), certificates, or undergraduate medical degrees (MD).
The mission of the Public Health Program at the UTMB is to contribute to the protection and promotion of health in human populations by:
- Preparing students to practice skillful and evidence-based preventive medicine and public health;
- Conducting and communicating research that informs the diverse fields within public health; and
- Providing interdisciplinary expertise in the service of academic, professional, and community-based public health organizations.
Our established values, goals and objectives guide us in our efforts to accomplish our stated mission. We have developed broad goals and measurable objectives for the program and for each of its major functions: instruction, research, and service, as well as workforce development, resources and administration, and diversity.