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Contact Info


Leanne H. Field, Ph.D.
Director, Public Health, Health Information Technology and 
Medical Laboratory Science Programs
Main Office: PAI 1.06B
Phone: (512) 475-8897

Shawna Al-Mashouq, J.D.
Senior Academic Program Coordinator for Public Health
Main Office: GEA 110
Phone: (512) 471-3375

Sydney Benator, RD, LD
Assistant Academic Advisor,
Human Ecology Advising Center
Main Office: GEA 37
Phone: (512) 471-7219

Chris Connelly, M.Ed.
Senior Academic Advisor, CNS Center for First-Year Advising
Main Office: WCH 1.106
Phone: (512) 471-3796


We offer internship opportunities every summer to our public health students focused on Texas-Mexico Border Health in partnership with the UT Health Science Center School of Public Health Brownsville Campus. Our students work closely with graduate school faculty to get real field experience in public health and make important networking connections.  

The internships are for 8 weeks (early June to late July) and focus on Texas-Mexico Border Health in Brownsville, TX at the UT School of Public Health. Participation is supported with a stipend up to $1000 from the UT School of Public Health. Internships are 40 hours per week on Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. We usually offer 3-10 internships positions each summer.

There are no specific pre-requisites for the internship program, however students that have taken PBH 354 Epidemiology and SDS 328M Biostatistics are more competitive. Some projects are laboratory-based, which is adventagous to applicants with laboratory experience. Spanish experience or fluency is also highly recommended for some internship positions as students are frequently in contact with Spanish-speaking populations.

Internship course credit is not offered in the summer, but course credit may be earned by taking PBH 361P in the following fall semester with Dr. Field's permission. There is also the opportunity that a project will meet the requirements for an honor's thesis for those interested in pursuing departmental honors and credit may be earned  by taking PBH 379H. Please contact Shawna Al-Mashouq (shawna.almashouq@austin.utexas.edu) for questions about honor's theses and internship credit. 


Learn more about the inspiring story of Brownsville,TX and the model of a healthy community. 


Brownsville summer internship to resume Summer 2021.