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North Texas Serves as Academic Partner for 2018 U.S. Public Health Service Symposium: Dean Addresses Record Attendance

Dr. Dennis Thombs, dean of the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) recently spoke to a capacity crowd of more than 1,200 attendees at the 2018 United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Scientific and Training Symposium in Dallas, where UNTHSC served as this year’s Academic Partner for the event.

The annual USPHS Symposium brings U.S. Public Health Service members together with health professionals from across the country for continuing education, to build peer relationships and to gain valuable information on advances in health care and public health.

Key government leaders represented on the program included the assistant secretary of U.S. Health and Human Services, ADM, Dr. Brett Giroir, and U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral, Dr. Jerome Adams.

As one of the event’s opening presenters, focused on this year’s theme of “Ensuring Health for Generations to Come: Science Matters,” Dr. Thombs had an opportunity to share information on academics and research at UNTHSC and ways that faculty, students and alumni are helping to find solutions for improved public health and a healthier nation.

A number of UNTHSC public health researchers were also invited to speak at select breakout sessions, including:

“It was very exciting for our school to serve as this year’s Academic Partner and to meet with so many public health, health care and government representatives from around the country who are making a difference in the lives of others,” Dr. Thombs said. “Many of our alumni pursue careers with the U.S. Public Health Service, making this opportunity even more meaningful as we reconnected and they shared details on their experiences in the field.”