Working together to combat community health problems and disparities in care

Building on the combined expertise of UT Health San Antonio and UTSA in data science, epidemiology and biostatistics, behavioral science, finance and business administration and implementation science, The University of Texas School of Public Health San Antonio will prioritize health care needs in South Texas. The area has a population of 5 million people and includes bustling urban areas, large minority communities and underserved rural areas. The new school will generate a workforce of trained public health professionals who will serve to promote the overall health of South Texans through:

  • New public policy based on science, aimed at better health outcomes;
  • Enhanced security and protection from infectious disease and environmental hazards;
  • Improved access to safe and quality care;
  • Efforts to diminish public health disparities;
  • Prospective strategic planning for future public health challenges.

This research-intensive, community-centric School of Public Health will also work to address the current and future demand for public health professionals within San Antonio and the border region.

Accepting students in 2024

The University of Texas School of Public Health San Antonio will begin accepting students in 2024, offering advanced graduate degrees. Through its coursework, it will provide a unique public health education by integrating advanced health research, collaborating on new academic programs to serve a diverse population and building public health leaders who understand and are dedicated to finding positive interventions to mitigate our greatest public health challenges. The first doctoral students will be admitted in 2025. 

Quickfacts

100

jobs will be added specifically to support the UT School of Public Health San Antonio

$20 million

is estimated to be generated by the school's academic and research missions

400

students per year will be supported by the school's programs

San Antonio, an optimal location

As the seventh-largest city in the U.S., San Antonio is a prime location for a school of public health. It is the epicenter of health care in South Texas and is the largest city in the United States without an independent school of public health.

San Antonio Skyline at sunset.
William L. Henrich, MD, MACP, president of UT Health San Antonio in a white coat smiling.
“Unique health challenges of our region include infectious diseases, diabetes, maternal and child health, mental health and substance use disorders, health care disparities, cancer and injury prevention. Our faculty will propose innovative public health solutions to these problems.”
William L. Henrich, MD, MACP, president of UT Health San Antonio
"UTSA and UT Health San Antonio are urban serving universities that are deeply committed to meeting the unique public health needs of South Texas’ diverse population by preparing our region’s next generation of public health leaders and advancing transdisciplinary research and policy that ensures healthier communities."
Taylor Eighmy, Ph.D, president of The University of Texas at San Antonio
Taylor Eighmy, PhD, president of The University of Texas at San Antonio