Laura Rudkin, Ph.D. (2008) Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director
Preventive Medicine and Communigy Health
Dr. Laura Rudkin serves as the Graduate Program Director for Preventive Medicine and Community Health (PMCH). She also directs the nationally accredited UTMB Public Health Program which offers MPH training to medical students, residents, and fellows. PMCH students voted to honor Dr. Rudkin with the program’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2005, 2006, and 2007. She has taught multiple courses in the area of social and population health sciences. She is the course director for Prevention and Public Health, a core required course in the PMCH and Clinical Science curricula. She also oversees the Community Health Practice sequence in the Public Health Program. Those courses provide students an introduction to public health practice and culminate in a service learning opportunity at a community based site. Dr. Rudkin is a social epidemiologist and demographer with a primary research interest in the influence of social factors on health outcomes. She has investigated gender differences in the experience of old age and the health benefits of social support systems for elderly persons in both developing and developed country contexts. She also conducts applied research and was a co-investigator for a community-based intervention focused on reducing lead poisoning and asthma complications among young children in a low-income Hispanic neighborhood.