YOUR Portal to Public Health
an exciting degree path in Public Health at The University of Texas at Austin!
"the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities and populations"
The mission of Public Health is to preserve, promote, and improve the health and well being of populations, communities, and individuals. To fulfill this mission, we foster collaborations among public health and the health professions in education, research, and service.
Are you passionate about keeping people healthy and safe? For information about how to use your communication and laboratory skills in an exciting and fulfilling career, check out these links:
About Public Health Laboratories and their blog
The Center for Disease Control Keep up with Outbreaks and see the list of job opportunities
What students are saying...
“The biggest difference I’ve seen between public health and some other majors is how much I actively participate in my learning. It’s not just about learning about public health, it’s about how you as an individual can make a difference in the field.”
“Public health classes aren’t your usual cut and dry classes—they are interesting, engaging, and very applicable. You aren’t going to be memorizing hundreds of definitions; instead you will learn concepts and ideas...”
“The faculty is very knowledgeable and you can tell they want to be here for the students”
"This is Public Health" stickers are available outside of GEA 319. Help spread awareness on campus and in your community!
Get your shot today! Go here for the schedule. Take a friend!
Be Prepared for the Flu - Flu Season is Back
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older by the end of October, if possible. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses and prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Flu vaccines have been updated for the 2016-2017 season.
The ACIP voted that live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the "nasal spray" flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season. This ACIP vote is based on data showing poor or relatively lower effectiveness of LAIV compared to the inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) from 2013 through 2016. ACIP continues to recommend annual flu vaccination, with either IIV or recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV), for everyone 6 months and older.
AIDS Quilt in the GSC!
Week of October 3-7, 2016
@GSC (SAC 2.112)
In June of 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This meeting of devoted friends and lovers served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Today the Quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic. More than 48,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels — most commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS — have been sewn together by friends, lovers and family members.
Several portions of the quilt are on display around Austin, including one section in the Gender and Sexuality Center. Stop in this week to see this historic memorial.
For a video about the Quilt made by University of Texas Unions, visit here.
Dr. Richard Taylor Selected to Participate in Development Workshop
Congratulations to Dr. Taylor as one of only 20 UT faculty members selected to participate in a full-day workshop and four working lunches over the fall semester collaborating to create a welcoming and challenging learning environment for UT students in the classroom. He will provide an import public health viewpoint on issues such as race, gender, sexuality, religion and violence.
Be involved with Public Health on campus!
Join Texas Public Health
Breathe free at UT. Student initiated!
In the News
Ick! What is 11,000 Times Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat?
Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative pledges $3 billion to curing, managing disease
Read this news article to learn more about how Mark Zuckerberg and his wife support public health initiatives.
Information about Zika virus
This is the link to up to date information from the TX Department of Health Services:
University Health Services (UHS) has posted Zika virus information on healthyhorns.utexas.edu with recommended guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization.
Zika virus is spread primarily by mosquito bites, but other means, including sexual transmission, are possible. Transmission through blood transfusion has also been reported and is being investigated. Zika virus causes no symptoms in 80% of those it infects. When it does cause symptoms, they are usually mild. Pregnant women, however, have grave reasons for concern. The CDC recommends that pregnant women consider postponing travel to areas with active Zika transmission.
Check out the de Beaumont Foundation Blog, Why a career in governmental public health might be right for you More undergraduates than ever are earning degrees in public health, but fewer are choosing to pursue a career in governmental public health. This blog speaks to those students and early career professionals.
Sample 4 year degree plans are available outside the Advising Office in GEA 37