ASPPH logo


School & Program Updates

School & Program Updates

UTHealth Hosts 2018 National Public Health Week Events

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health joined the American Public Health Association (APHA) in celebrating National Public Health Week 2018 (NPHW), April 2 – 8. This year’s celebration focused on “the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system.”

2018 National Public Health Week events include the following and more:

Harris County Public Health town hall meeting, April 2   

Dr. Umair A. Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health (HCPH), moderated a panel at a town hall meeting on important public health issues affecting the global community. Panelists include regional directors and leadership from various HCPH departments.

Dean’s Chat, April 3

UTHealth School of Public Health hosted a “Dean’s Chat” on Tuesday, April 3. Dr. Susan Tortolero Emery, senior associate dean for academic and research affairs and professor in the department of health promotion and behavioral sciences, and Dr. Mary Ann Smith, assistant dean for students and assistant professor in the department of epidemiology, human genetics and environmental sciences, chatted with the School of Public Health community. Ms. Angela FrazierSchool of Public Health Student Association president, moderated.

Coffee with faculty, April 3

The School of Public Health hosted “Coffee with faculty” on Tuesday, April 3. Students were encouraged to stop by for coffee and conversation and meet with faculty representatives from each department to learn about courses, research, and opportunities.

“What I wish I knew before my practicum” student panel, April 3

Dr. Janelle Rios, director of the Office of Public Health Practice and Career Services, hosted a workshop titled, “What I wish I knew before my practicum,” on Tuesday, April 3. The workshop featured student panelists providing advice and tips on navigating the practicum process. For more information, please contact the Office of Public Health Practice and Career Services at

Competency and learning objectives workshop, April 3

Dr. Janelle Rios, hosted a workshop titled, “Competency and learning objectives,” on Tuesday, April 3. The workshop assisted students in connecting their learning objectives to public health competencies.

Career development workshops, April 4 

Ms. Sarah Dauchez, assistant director of career and alumni services, hosted a variety of career development workshops on Wednesday, April 4. The workshops included topics such as knowing yourself and exploring employment opportunities; preparing your career tools; networking and managing your online presence; and interview and job offer negotiations. Dr. Carol Galeener, assistant professor in the department of management, policy and community health, co-presented with Dauchez on the interview and job offer negotiations workshop.

Research Day 2018, April 5

Research Day provides UTHealth School of Public Health students with an opportunity to highlight ongoing projects in their respective degree programs. During the event, students received valuable feedback from a judging panel and cash prizes were awarded to first, second and third place winners.

26th Annual Steele Lecture, April 5 

Dr. Carlos del Rio, presented the 26th Annual James H. Steele Lecture, titled “Conducting research that transforms healthcare policy,” on April 5. Dr. del Rio is the interim executive associate dean for Grady Clinical Affairs at Emory University School of Medicine, Hubert Professor and chair of the Hubert Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health, and principal investigator and co-director at the Emory Center for AIDS Research.

Admitted Students Day, April 6 

Admitted Students Day on April 6 is an opportunity for newly admitted students to visit campus and create a customized experience to help them discover UTHealth School of Public Health. Members of the UTHealth School of Public Health community will be present to welcome new students to the school and to address questions or concerns they may have related to their upcoming enrollment. Students will also have the chance to learn more about the school and tour the Houston campus. At the conclusion of the day’s activities, there will be a wine and cheese social from 5-6:00 p.m. in the first floor lobby of the RAS building. Faculty and staff are invited to join and give potential students an additional opportunity to learn more about the UTHealth School of Public Health community and its programs.

Read more