Facilities and Other Resources The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSC-H) UTHSC-H Organization The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston was created by The University of Texas System Board of Regents and supported by the Texas Legislature in 1972. Located in the world renowned Texas Medical Center, it brings together a dental school (established in 1905), a graduate school of biomedical sciences (1963), a medical school (1969), a school of public health (1969), a school of nursing (1972), a school of health information sciences (1997), a psychiatric center (1986) and an institute of molecular medicine for the prevention of human diseases (1995). The UTHSC-H campus consists of 44 owned buildings and leased facilities with a total of 3.9 million assignable square feet. The university pursues its mission through a comprehensive approach to health. The UTHSC-H is the most comprehensive academic health center in Texas educates and trains health professionals and biomedical scientists, conducts cutting edge biomedical, behavioral and population research and provides both primary care and highly specialized medical, dental and public health care and expertise. In 2007: 3,775 students enrolled in 19 degree and certificate programs at 6 UTHSC-H schools located within the Texas Medical Center and at 4 regional campuses. Students participated in clinical training at over 200 affiliated sites across the Houston metropolitan area and across Texas. 958 students received degrees from UTHSC-H and began careers as health professionals and biomedical scientists. Researchers conducted research expending $191.7 million in sponsored research dollars and submitted 1,127 proposals for new research funding. Clinicians trained nearly 900 medical and dental residents as they delivered care in more than 60 outpatient and inpatient sites, reflecting more than 1 million patient encounters. As of fiscal year 2008, UTHSC-Houston employed more than 1,389 faculty and 3,648 staff. UTHSC-H served more than 3,865 students across all six UTHSC-H schools located within the Texas Medical Center and at regional campuses. The education of health professionals is enhanced by UT-Houston’s Annual operating budget of $762.3 million. University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH) at Houston Facilities The main campus of the school is in the Reuel A. Stallones building (RAS), named for the founding dean who served from 1967 until 1986. The 10-story, 220,000 gross-square-foot building is located in a park setting with outstanding library, computer and research laboratory facilities. The school established regional campus programs in San Antonio (1979), El Paso (1992), Dallas (1998), Brownsville (2001) and Austin (2007). The Houston campus is housed in the RAS Building, 234,000 square foot eleven-story building located in a park setting with an outstanding library, computer, and research laboratory facilities within the Texas Medical Center (TMC). Most classrooms are small and conducive to the seminar and small group format frequently used in the teaching program. Floors eight, nine, and ten are dedicated to major centers and research programs at the UTSPH. The first floor houses the Dean's office, other administrative offices, and the UTSPH library. The basement houses the computer services’ offices, computer laboratories, and media services. The UTSPH has over 17,000 square feet of laboratory and related space. This comprises 25 laboratories (several with internal small labs), 21 office-sized labs with wet bench facilities, and four support spaces for dish washing, media preparation, sterilization, and a walk-in refrigerator. Counted separately is an animal care and research suite of 2,700 square feet. History and Purpose The Texas State Legislature authorized a School of Public Health within The University of Texas System in 1947, however funding was delayed until 1967 and the first class, admitted in the fall of 1969. The mission of the school is to protect and improve the health of the public by providing the highest quality graduate education, research and community service for Texas, the nation and internationally. The school’s first responsibility is to provide present and future practitioners, teachers and scientists the highest quality graduate education in the theory and practice of public health. The school continues to build dynamic partnerships between its research programs and community agencies and groups to translate research knowledge to effective community health programs. To address the need for graduate public health education in other geographic areas of the state the School of Public Health established Regional Campus programs in Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, and San Antonio. UTSPH Computer Facilities Information Technology Services (IT) SPH Information Technology (IT) provides the school with a team of computer professionals that supports the education, research, and administrative functions of a graduate school. This includes automated universal account activation and maintenance, computer support, disk storage services, electronic groupware including mail and calendaring software, website creation and maintenance, Access and SQL database creation and maintenance, and consulting services on just about anything else technology related. The School of Public Health maintains a high speed Local Area Network based on gigabit technology with 100 megabit per second access to each workstation within the building. Advanced network monitoring technologies from Cisco Systems help supply the school with diagnostic and corrective tools to maintain the ever expanding network. The school is interconnected to The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston through fiber optic cabling providing the highest available bandwidth possible for additional University resources and access to the Internet. This network currently provides access to more than 800 computers in Houston and provides additional computing resources to more than 200 computers located remotely at the school’s remote campuses in Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso, Brownsville, and Austin. Between the multiple sites, IT Services provides access to more than 1,600 student, staff, and faculty. Besides dual high speed connections to the internet, SPH maintains high speed connections to collaborative teaching and research networks Internet-2 and the Texas LEARN network. Access to our wireless network is available throughout the entire SPH building. General wireless internet access is available without authentication. The wireless network does provide for additional capabilities with user authentication. IT Services maintains a state-of-the-art microcomputer lab and a computer-based instruction classroom for students, faculty and staff. The lab and classroom are open during all the hours the school is open. The computer lab provides student access to eighteen Intel-based microcomputers running Microsoft Windows XP. The computer-based instruction classroom has twenty-two workstations. A ceiling mounted projection system is available for demonstrations and instruction. The classroom may be reserved for classes and meetings by both students and faculty. When not being used as a classroom, students may use the room for additional computer lab access. Additionally, in 2006, SPH became one of the first graduate institutions to implement a virtual computer lab. The virtual lab consists of more than 160 computers which can be accessed from the Regional Campuses or any remote location. This allows students to gain access to hardware and software applications on the PCs in the microcomputer lab in off hours from the comfort of their home, or other remote location. All of these machines are connected to the school’s local area network giving students access to a variety of services including the library services, electronic mail, Microsoft Office, statistical applications, and the Internet. A high speed Xerox multi-bin printer/copier is available for student printing. The following is a partial list of the software packages that are available in the computer lab: Microsoft Office 2007 including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, SPSS, Stata, MiniTab, SAS, EpiInfo, ML-Win, SmartDraw, S-Plus, Sudaan, TreeAge, R, WinBugs, Simul8, MapInfo, MapMarker, and Surfer. In addition, tutorials are available for many of the software products. All software in the computer lab is copyrighted and licensed to the School by the manufacturer for use only on the lab computers. Any attempt to make copies of this software for use on another computer is a violation of the license agreements and a violation of School and University policy. All computers within the School of Public Health are enrolled in automatic patch and virus maintenance programs. These systems make certain that all computers have the latest patches available for their respective operating systems and the latest virus protection software. UTSPH Library and Information Services The UTSPH Library is one of six libraries that comprise the Texas Health Science Libraries Consortium (THSLC), and is a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. This group of medical libraries, located in Houston and Galveston, encourages cooperative resource sharing. The THSLC catalog gives access to the monographs, journals and audiovisual holdings of all six libraries. The UTSPH Library is located in the RAS building in Houston. The primary role of the UTSPH library is to serve the students, faculty, and staff of the School. The collection, composed of approximately 65,000 books and journals, 10,000 microfiche documents, and 700 current subscriptions, reflects the diverse concerns of public health. The particular strengths of the collection—epidemiology, infectious diseases/AIDS, biostatistics, demography, health services research, health promotion, nutrition, community and mental health, environmental sciences, and occupational health—exhibit the library's purposeful support of the teaching/research programs of the UTSPH. As a member of the Texas Health Sciences Libraries Consortium (THSLC) our library participates with four other TMC libraries and the Galveston based Moody Medical Library in an online Integrated Library System (ILS). The THSLC includes: 1. Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library 2. Anderson Research Medical Library 3. UT Dental Branch Library 4. UT Psychiatry Library 5. UT Medical Branch (UTMB) Moody Medical Library The ILS contains approximately 200,000 book and journal titles and 750,000 individual volumes. Cooperative library arrangements also provide our patrons with borrower's privileges at the Fondren Library of Rice University, the M.D. Anderson Library of the University of Houston main campus, the Houston Public Library, and other Houston area resource libraries in the Houston Area Research Libraries Consortium (HARLIC). The online catalog and other library databases, such as TexSearch (our locally mounted version of NLM's MEDLINE file) may be accessed through terminals or PC's in the UTSPH Library or offices elsewhere in the UTSPH building that are connected to the UTSPH-VAX Ethernet. Dial access is also available from any PC with a modem. By logging on to the UTSPH Library VAX account the user can connect to THEnet or Internet, which gives access to a wide array of library services and information resources throughout the TMC, the state of Texas, and the Nation. Users are also able to search many specialized retrieval services in the UTSPH Library using laser technology—specifically CD-ROM. Selected CD-ROM titles currently available are: Science Citation Index (1980-present) and Social Sciences Citation Index (1981-present); Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s CCINFO (includes approximately 60 databases, e.g., Cheminfo, NIOSHtic, and RTECS); Environmental Periodicals; HealthStar; AIDSLine; NCHS Health Interview Survey; and Statistical Masterfile. UTSPH Educational Media Resources (EMR) The office of Media Services, located in the basement (RAS E17) of the SPH building in Houston, is staffed by skilled and creative professionals to provide a wealth of resources on photographic and graphic design solutions for all UTSPH campuses. List of services available: • Brochures • Newsletters • Posters/fliers • Conference and seminar promotional packets • Advertisement • Forms • Graphic logos • Table top displays • Banners (height limit at 60”) • Research poster sessions • Illustrations • Signage • Wall displays • Studio and on-site photographic services • Photo library • Hi-resolution Scanning • Coordination with printers The EMR team supports faculty and students in their efforts to create an effective and stimulating learning environment in the school. The technical and design skills offered help to further enhance the public health education atmosphere. UTSPH Students, Faculty, and Programs As of the fall 2007, UTSPH ranked 10th out of the 40 accredited SPHs in terms of student enrollment and had a faculty of 149. (http://www.asph.org/userfiles/ADR2007.pdf). Total enrollment in the fall of 2008 was 1,005 students at the following campuses: Houston, 760; San Antonio, 70; El Paso, 31; Dallas, 64; Brownsville, 19; and Austin, 44. A total of 183 degrees were awarded in the 2007 academic year (fall 2006 – summer 2007), including 137 MPH or MS and 46 DrPH or PhD. International students comprised 21% of the student body. The ethnicity of the student body is 48% Caucasian, 14% Black, 17% Hispanic, 18% Asian, and 1% Native American. Instructional Programs Master of Public Health The master of public health (MPH) degree is the basic professional degree in the field. It is required for many supervisory and managerial positions in public health and is recommended for many others. Students are admitted to one of the Divisions (Biostatistics, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences; Epidemiology & Disease Control; Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences; or Management, Policy, & Community Health) or Regional Campuses (Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, or San Antonio) through which they complete a series of courses that cover the breadth of public health and develop competencies appropriate for their elected discipline. Master of Science The Master of Science in public health (MS) degree is offered within the following fields of study: Biostatistics and Epidemiology. These are research fields, each with a theory, a body of knowledge, and a set of methods that define it. They interrelate substantially, however, and constitute much of the broad field of public health. Since preparation in depth in such a multiplicity of fields is impossible, the student is expected to focus in one or a few areas and gain an understanding of the interrelations within the array. A student elects one of these fields as a major and selects another public health discipline as a minor area of study. Doctor of Public Health The doctor of public health (DrPH) degree signifies distinguished scholarly accomplishment in the professional field and is designed for those who plan careers involving professional practice, teaching or research. Students will affiliate with one of the Divisions (Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences; Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences; Biostatistics; or Management, Policy, & Community Health), but may also select courses in other Divisions. Students elect to concentrate in one of the public health disciplines or in a special topic area. While the primary course of study for doctoral programs is located at the Houston campus. Doctoral candidates may engage in research at one of the five Regional Campuses. Optional Concentration for both MPH and DrPH Global Health (Interdivisional) Doctor of Philosophy The doctor of philosophy in public health (PhD) degree requires scholarly attainment and a capacity for independent research. It is primarily a research and teaching degree. Curricula leading to the degree are offered in one of the Divisions (Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences; Epidemiology and Disease Control; Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences; Biostatistics; or Management, Policy, & Community Health), but may also select courses in other Divisions. While the primary course of study for doctoral programs is located at the Houston campus. Doctoral candidates may enroll for doctoral program study at some of the Regional campuses and engage in research at any of the five Regional Campuses. Dual Degree Programs Dual degree programs include the MD/MPH in collaboration with The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and in collaboration with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the JD/MPH in collaboration with the University of Houston Law Center, the MSN/MPH in collaboration with The University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston, the MSW/MPH in collaboration with the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work, and the MS/MPH or PHD/MPH in collaboration with The UT School of Health Information Sciences at Houston. In addition, the ADA Accredited Registered Dietetics Internship program is available in combination with all four public health degrees. Certificate in Public Health The certificate program is intended for public health practitioners and individuals considering a graduate degree in the field. The five courses in this non-degree program cover the core content of the basic public health disciplines and are available at all campuses. A certificate is awarded to students who perform at a satisfactory level in all five courses. The UTSPH is unique in its organizational structure. Not only it is designed to respond to changing public health issues by focusing the expertise of a variety of disciplines on specific problems, but also it is designed to allow students to plan a program of study that corresponds to their career goals. Through reciprocal agreements, full-time students at the UTSPH may take courses for credit at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Houston Central Campus, and at other components of the University of Texas System at the TMC. The UTSPH doctoral program in health education has been ranked #1 in the nation by an independent group of researchers. The study was conducted by researchers from Texas A&M University, the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and the University of Alabama. It also scored highest in three of the eight individual categories: articles published, student/faculty ratio, and student support. UTSPH Research Programs During the 2008 fiscal year UTSPH researchers received grant and contract funding from federal, state, local and private sources in excess of $41.64 million. Research centers and institutes located at the UTSPH include the Center for Biosecurity and Public Health Preparedness, Center for Health Services Research, Hispanic Health Research Center, Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center, Center for Transforming Public Health Systems, Fleming Center, Institute for Health Policy, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, Human Genetics Center, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living, Center for Infectious Diseases, Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, and Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials, providing the interdisciplinary setting for conducting public health research projects.
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