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UT School of Public Health and UT School of Social Work to Offer Dual Degree Program

Students at The University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus (ARC) will have the opportunity to receive a dual master's degree through a collaborative program with The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work, beginning fall 2009.

Cheryl Perry, Ph.D.

Cheryl Perry, Ph.D.

The dual degree in public health and social work was proposed to address the growing demand for social workers who are sensitive toward the public health needs of the community.

"The joint degree program, involving a master's in social work and a master's of public health, provides students with health promotion skills at the individual, family and community levels. This is a very attractive combination for employers and the two programs are very complementary," said Cheryl Perry, Ph.D., professor and regional dean of the UT School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus.

This summer, the ARC will move from its downtown Austin location to the UT Austin School of Nursing building. This will be beneficial to students pursuing the dual degree by providing better accessibility to the School of Social Work.

The UT School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and the UT School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The application deadline for the dual degree program is February 1. Interested applicants must apply and receive acceptance by both the UT School of Public Health and School of Social Work to enroll. For more information on the program, contact the Austin Regional Campus's academic affairs coordinator at 512-482-6176.

UT School of Nursing Dean Patricia Starck Honored

Dean Patricia Starck

Patricia Starck, D.S.N.

Faculty, staff and students will celebrate the 25th anniversary of School of Nursing Dean Patricia Starck, during the "Tribute to a Pacesetter in Nursing Education," event May 28 - 29.

Events honoring Dean Starck's achievements as an academic leader, her devotion to nursing and her commitment to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston will include a symposium featuring Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., executive vice chancellor for Health Affairs of The University of Texas System and a luncheon at the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel.

The tribute to Dean Starck is hosted by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston President Larry R. Kaiser, M.D.; School of Nursing Advisory Council Chair George R. Farris; and UT Development Board Chairman Emerita Margaret A. Barnett, who is chairing the luncheon. 

SPH Austin Campus Hosts Third Annual Michael & Susan Dell Lectureship in Child Health

The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living at The University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus hosted the third annual Michael & Susan Dell Lectureship in Child Health April 16, at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center Amphitheater in Austin.

Obesity expert Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, was this year's guest lecturer and presented, "Childhood Obesity: Which Children are at Highest Risk and Why?"

Kumanyika's academic and clinical areas of interest include epidemiology, nutrition, minority health and women's health issues. Her current studies involve developing and evaluating interventions to prevent or treat obesity, with particular focus on African-American and Latino populations. Kumanyika is involved in numerous national and international public health-related committees and is a consultant to the World Health Organization.

Third Annual Michael & Susan Dell Lecture

Front row: Shiriki Kumanyika, Cheryl Perry, Aliya Hussaini, Deanna Hoelscher. Back row: Harold (Bill) Kohl, Steve Kelder.

This year's lectureship included a moderated panel discussion including Deanna M. Hoelscher, PhD, professor and director of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living, Steven H. Kelder, PhD, MPH, professor and co-director, and Aliya Esmail Hussaini, MD, U.S. health portfolio director at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. 

The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living is committed to bringing national leaders on child health and obesity prevention to Texas. Past lectureship speakers include childhood obesity experts William Dietz, MD, PhD, and Mary Story, PhD.