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!
NIH Study of Vaccine against Mosquito-Borne diseases
read more here
When Germs Got Deadly
This is a fun YouTube video from NPR on the evolution of germs!
Ebola "Super spreaders"
If superspreading had been completely under control, about two-thirds of Ebola cases could have been avoided, according to a recent study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study included researchers from Princeton University, Oregon State University, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Imperial College London, and the US National Institutes of Health.
Read more here: Ebola Study
How to help the environment by reducing your use of plastic
These are some things each of us can do to help:
Use your own reusable bag to shop, including mesh fabric produce bags
Don't use single-use plastic plates, utensils or straws
Use bar soap instead of liquid soap in plastic containers
Use matches instead of "disposable" lighters
Use your own reusable bottle and drink tap water - there are filtered fountains on campus
Recycle plastic! Plastic bags and films can be recycled at area grocery stores
For more information, go to this website: plasticoceans.com
Surgeon General's reportS:
on E-cigarette use among Youth and Young Adults
As part of a larger effort to address addiction, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy published this report on an emerging public health threat affecting our country.
on Alcohol, drugs, and health
This report focuses on a health crisis affecting every community in our country. "Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health" is a comprehensive review of the science of substance use, misuse, and disorders. The report is available online at https://www.surgeongeneral.gov/
APHA Annual meeting and expo
Here are the highlights from the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association:
Be involved with Public Health on campus!
Join Texas Public Health
UT Austin is Tobacco Free!
Do you have a tobacco cessation success story? Share it on the Tobacco Free Campus Facebook or on Twitter: Facebook.com/UTtobaccoFree | UT_TobaccoFree
Quit together. Win together. Let’s Clear the Air.
In the News
Health Department Name Change
The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department is changing its name to Austin Public Health to increase understanding and visibility of the work of the city of Austin's public health department. The name is easier to remember and understand, and more accurately describes what the department does. Go to austintexas.gov/health for more information.
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 on the ground floor of Gearing Hall