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 319
Phone: (512) 471-3375

Maggie Rigney, M.A.
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


 Inspiring Story of the Brownsville Transformation

Information about the Summer Internship and the 2018 Projects

This highly recommended annual program for both current students and graduating seniors provides real field experience in public health as well as important networking opportunities.  

Credit may be earned in PBH 361P in the following fall semester.  There is also the opportunity that a project will meet the requirements for a thesis for those interested in pursuing departmental honors, and credit may be earned in PBH 379H.

The internships are for 8 weeks (this year, it runs from June 4 through July 27 ) and focus on Texas-Mexico Border Health in Brownsville, TX at the UT School of Public Health. Participation is supported with a $1000 stipend from the UT School of Public Health.  Internships are Monday-Friday, from 8am-5pm.  (Weekends are free.)  This summer, there are 10 exciting projects to choose from in many different areas of public health.

The complete list of those projects and mentors is listed here:


      “This internship has been the single most interesting and rewarding thing I have done in my four years at the University of Texas. Coming into the project, I knew almost nothing of molecular biology laboratory procedures or theory. However, that changed on the first day in the lab. Dr. Tanksley has since served as a fantastic teacher and mentor, helping me every step of the way and ensuring the success of this project. I feel like this project has made a positive difference not only in my life, but also in the lives of all those who are affected by the disease galactosemia as well as the families and doctors of those patients." 

Application for Summer 2018 is now closed.