Dr. Bijal Balasubramanian has been named regional dean of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Dallas. Dr. Balasubramanian has served as interim regional dean since August 2016 and has been a faculty member at UTHealth School of Public Health in Dallas since 2010.
[Photo: Dr. Bijal Balasubramanian]
“After a thorough search, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Bijal has been selected for and accepted the position of regional dean for UTHealth School of Public Health in Dallas,” says Dr. Eric Boerwinkle, dean of UTHealth School of Public Health, which has six campuses in major cities across Texas. “Dr. Balasubramanian’s research on health disparities and primary care quality metrics along with her vision and leadership in Dallas make her an ideal regional dean for our campus in Dallas. I look forward to great things at the Dallas campus and strong collaborative relations with our partners at UT Southwestern and Children’s Health.”
“It is my privilege to be selected to lead a campus with so much talent and potential for making a significant impact in public health, says Dr. Balasubramanian. “I look forward to nurturing and growing our research and educational programs and to serve our faculty, staff, and students in improving the health of the Dallas community, of Texas and the nation.”
Faculty and students of UTHealth School of Public Health in Dallas are conducting innovative research to improve the health of vulnerable populations and reduce health and health care disparities. This research is focused on cancer prevention, screening and survivorship; violence prevention; mental health and substance use; and children’s health. The Dallas campus has strong partnerships with world-renowned institutions such as UT Southwestern Medical Center, Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, Children’s Health, Parkland Health & Hospital System, and the Dallas Police Department.
The Dallas campus currently has more than 100 students in the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) and Ph.D. programs, including a growing M.D./M.P.H. dual-degree program with UT Southwestern. This program is at the forefront of training the next generation of physicians on how to integrate public health with medicine in practice, research, teaching, and service.
Dr. Balasubramanian’s program of research uses implementation science methods to design and evaluate large-scale, multi-level health care improvement interventions. Her goal is to enhance care quality and outcomes for patients suffering from debilitating chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, depression, and cancer.
She earned a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Rutgers School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor Surgery (M.B.B.S) from University of Pune, N.D.M.V.P. Samaj’s Medical College, Nashik, India. Before joining the faculty at UTHealth School of Public Health, Balasubramanian was assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School from 2005-2010 (formerly part of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – UMDNJ) and associate director of the National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 2009.