Working together to combat community health problems and disparities in care

The University of Texas System Board of Regents has approved plans to create a School of Public Health, a collaboration between The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, also called UT Health San Antonio, and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). The new graduate school will provide academic instruction relevant to public health and serve as a focus of research activities directed toward community health problems, as it maintains and grows relationships with all entities interested in public health. 

UT Health San Antonio and UTSA offer collective strengths to serve as a strong foundation for advancing public health education and service to South Texas. Building on efforts to advance community health and wellness, both institutions share a rich and collaborative history in meeting the unique health needs of the region’s diverse population. These include:

  • Federal designation as Hispanic-serving Institutions by the U.S. Department of Education;
  • Established joint programs including a Ph.D. in translational science, Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and an M.D./M.P.H. dual degree program in medicine and public health;
  • A robust undergraduate public health degree program;
  • Demonstrated history of collaboration in research with the National Institutes of Health, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, the Center for Innovative Drug Discovery, the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, and the San Antonio Partnership for Precision Therapeutics.

Located on the Greehey Campus of UT Health San Antonio will provide optimal access to the region’s major medical and academic health facilities.

Now accepting students for our inaugural class

The University of Texas School of Public Health San Antonio is now accepting student applications for its first cohort beginning in Fall 2024. Offering a Master's degree in Public Health, the School of Public Health 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. Click here to apply.

This program is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. 



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


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

“Launching the new School of Public Health in San Antonio is a transformative opportunity of a lifetime. We are using the partnerships between UT Health, UTSA, San Antonio, Metro Health, and Bexar County to harness the brain trust and human power to address public health problems. Everything that we do will have the focus of the community at its center.”
Vasan Ramachandran, MD, inaugural dean of The University of Texas School of Public Health San Antonio
Dr. Ramachandran smiling in a photo