The Peter O’Donnell Jr. School of Public Health is the fourth school to be created in the UT Southwestern Medical Center, and the first in the past half-century. It joins the Schools of Medicine, Health Professions, and Biomedical Sciences. UT Southwestern, one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation, integrates pioneering research with exceptional health promotion, clinical care, and education. Read full overview
Transforming health in North Texas and beyond for individuals, families, and communities to thrive
and disseminate new methodologies and scientific knowledge to inform health care delivery and enhance community health
diverse stakeholders in health care systems and communities to identify and prioritize public health challenges and create and implement effective solutions
and inspire a workforce to improve health at multiple levels, from families and neighborhoods to employers, agencies, and health systems
Embrace our diversity to build capacity, eliminate disparities, and achieve optimal health for all
Uphold the highest standards in scholarship, service, and scientific generation of knowledge
Foster respect, fairness, dignity, and inclusion to maximize health outcomes
Build relationships and empower teamwork across disciplines to drive science, innovation, and policy
Enhance understanding by translating data into action and effectively communicating discoveries to the public
Promote science and evidence-based decision-making
Monitor and improve health at all levels
Inform and equip a diverse and inclusive public health workforce
Message from the Interim Dean
Welcome to the Peter O’Donnell Jr. School of Public Health. Approved by the University of Texas System Board of Regents, and endorsed and generously supported by the Texas Legislature in its 2021 session, the school will be cemented in UT Southwestern’s core research strength and reinforced through collaborations with area institutions and health systems. Read full message.
Seeking Innovative Faculty
As we prepare to welcome our first class in 2023, we are currently seeking academic innovators & leaders for the unique opportunity to build out the foundation of our program.
The Peter O’Donnell Jr. School of Public Health will train the next generation of experts who will identify, predict, and address wide-scale health problems before they occur—and quickly respond to public health emergencies as they arise.
Department of Population & Data Sciences Funding
CPRIT Cancer Funding
Foundations & Other Sources
Pursuing Community-driven Health & Equity
- Artificial Intelligence to Identify Cancer
Funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, UT Southwestern researchers have developed a software tool that uses artificial intelligence to recognize cancer cells from digital pathology images – giving clinicians a powerful way of predicting patient outcomes.
- Breast Screening and Patient Navigation Program (BSPAN)
Launched in 2009 with funding from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas, the Breast Screening and Patient Navigation (BSPAN) program works with community providers and other local organizations to decrease financial and geographical hurdles that keep women from getting mammograms and timely diagnostic services.
- Colon Cancer Screening
Funded by the National Cancer Institute and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, a program that asks patients to mail in stool samples to screen for colon cancer is an effective way to expand screenings to underserved and underinsured communities and offers an alternative to in-person testing during the pandemic, according to a study conducted by UT Southwestern and Parkland Health & Hospital system.
- COVID-19 Forecasting for DFW
To track the course of the virus in North Texas, UT Southwestern researchers have created a sophisticated forecasting model to show the spread of COVID-19 and predict its trajectory.
- COVID-19 Prevalence Study
- Dallas Heart Study
The only single-center heart study of its size and multiethnic composition, the Dallas Heart Study is a scientific resource that becomes more valuable each year as the population ages, providing opportunities to learn more about environmental, social, and genetic factors that contribute to health and disease.
- Food Pantries Need to Address Food Insecurity
Food banks should be used more consistently rather than only during emergencies to better address food insecurity and related health issues, a joint study by researchers at UT Southwestern and economists at the University of Dallas shows. The research is funded by multiple foundations and community organizations.
- Life Expectancy by Zip Code in Texas
An interactive map developed by UT Southwestern researchers reveals populations and places in Texas where people can expect to live longer—or shorter—lives. Life expectancy in Texas is 78.5 years, but varies greatly by populations and places. Users can navigate the map down to the ZIP Code level to learn about specific communities and explore differences between women and men, or between Blacks, Hispanics, and non-Hispanic whites.
- Population Science and Cancer Control
UT Southwestern’s Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Population Science and Cancer Control (PS) Program generates research discoveries addressing cancer burden and disparities in our catchment area and beyond. With over $5 million in funding each year from the National Institutes of Health and the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas, program members conduct research to generate discoveries across the cancer continuum from prevention and early detection, through treatment and survivorship.
- PROSPR Study
Partnering with the Dallas County’s Parkland Health & Hospital System, UT Southwestern’s Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers are deploying funding from the National Cancer Institute to address challenges of helping individuals complete the cervical and colorectal screening processes. As leaders in this large consortium of researchers, they are setting an agenda nationally for cancer prevention and detection in the neediest of populations.
- Texas Online Population Health Assessment Tool (TOPHAT)
TOPHAT provides access to multiple, interactive, layers of population health statistics, such as morbidity rates and life expectancy. The public can easily assess the health of neighborhoods, cities, towns, and counties for populations defined by race/ethnicity and sex across the state.
About the North Texas Catchment Area
The Peter O’Donnell Jr. School of Public Health will provide unique academic and research opportunities within the culturally rich environment of Dallas.