School of Medicine Public Health Track

The Public Health Track provides medical students interested in public health careers or concerned about public health issues with focused training in public health research and practice skills within the four-year Integrated Medical Curriculum.

Public Health Track courses and activities guide students in developing knowledge, skills, and values regarding:

  • Structure and functions of public health systems
  • Physician’s role in public health practice
  • Evidence based public health planning
  • Public health research

Upon successful completion of track requirements, students will earn the designation Scholar of Public Health. This designation is noted on the student's medical school transcript, as well as during the commencement ceremony.


Any UTMB School of Medicine (SOM) student can enroll in the Public Health track.

UTMB SOM students are permitted to enroll in multiple tracks. For more information, contact the UTMB SOM Office of Educational Affairs.

Join us for Public Health Book Club on Tuesday, December 4th in Jennie Sealy 2.560A! We'll be discussing the book Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness by Pete Earley.



MS 1

  • PMCU 1050 Topics in Public Health

 (if the student has other obligations to fulfill during the summer, this course can be taken between years 3 & 4)

MS 3-4

  • PMCU 4001 Public Health in the Community
  • Choice of one additional approved elective for Public Health Track credit


MS 4


  • Attendance at Public Health Seminar and other approved activities
    Public Health track students are expected to attend at least 12 seminars over the four years of medical school. Students will be emailed information/invites for seminars and activities as they are scheduled.
  • Public presentation of scholarly project
    Public Health Track students are strongly encouraged to present their scholarly work at the UTMB National Public Health Week Symposium or at other local or national public health conferences.


Preventive Medicine Graduate Programs
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1110

p. (409) 772-6635

Cara Pennel, DrPH, MPH

Cara Pennel, DrPH, MPH
Director, Public Health Graduate Program

(409) 772-2288

Leslie Stalnaker, MPH
Coordinator II, Public Health Graduate Program

(409) 772-5271