The Office of Health Policy & Legislative Affairs (HPLA) advances UTMB’s education and research mission by strengthening research, innovation, decision-making, and relationships in all matters related to health policy. HPLA works to further UTMB’s knowledge and communication on health policy issues including workforce, access, reimbursement, reform, and community engagement-- through data management, research, decision-support and leadership. The office works to advance innovative models to improve access to health care that proves effective in improving health and cost-efficient.
Center for Global & Community Health (CGCH): Global Health at UTMB trains health professionals to work with vulnerable populations at home and abroad. We provide cutting-edge interprofessional learning opportunities working with our long-term partners to provide safe, well-supervised, and meaningful international electives for our learners. UTMB has field sites in the Dominican Republic, Jordan, Kenya, Peru and Uganda. The collaborative projects our trainees participate in add significant value to our partners, which maintains UTMB's status as an innovator in global health education.
Behavioral Health and Research (BHAR), Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob/Gyn): Behavioral Health and Research Division (BHAR) of UTMB’s Department of Ob/Gyn is a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and public and mental health professionals dedicated to promoting the behavioral health and well-being of youth, women and community systems. BHAR conducts funded research on the behavioral and psychosocial aspects of adolescent and women’s health across the lifespan; provides comprehensive and integrative psychological services to adolescents, women, couples, and families; trains the next generation of health care professionals in incorporating evidence-based psychological principles in translational research and patient care; and develops and implements evidence-based prevention programs that promote healthy relationships and decrease risk behavior.
The Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health (PMCH) at UTMB strives to promote human health and function through population health research and education, and the provision of evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion services. Our education programs include master’s and doctoral programs in public health, clinical science, population health sciences and rehabilitation sciences, as well as a public health track for medical students. Residency programs in PMCH train physicians to provide health care with an added focus on the promotion, prevention, and maintenance of health and well-being. Program offerings include aerospace medicine, public health and general preventive medicine, and occupational medicine. PMCH conducts clinical, population, and outreach and educational research, funded by a variety of agencies and organizations. The department operates several clinics and services, including the Aerospace Medicine Center, bioastronautics group, biostatistics statistical consulting, and the porphyria center. All of PMCH programs share a focus on disease prevention and health promotion and restoration.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) promotes an inclusive environment that actively values diversity among UTMB students, faculty and staff, as well as the broader community. This is accomplished by working to establish a comprehensive and systemic set of actions which infuse diversity and inclusion into the core aspects of the UTMB mission. The office convenes the UTMB Diversity Council which represents the cornerstone of UTMB’s diversity and inclusion process. Council membership leads and supports programs and practices which reinforce the nine goals outlined in the diversity and inclusion strategic planning for the university.
Hispanic Center for Excellence (HCE) promotes promotes excellence in healthcare for the people of Texas. We recruit and mentor a diverse population from across Texas into medical school and help to provide the resources and support to graduate linguistically appropriate, culturally competent bilingual physicians to better serve the healthcare needs of all Texans. Recruit and mentor students into medical school that reflect the population of Texas. Their three primary goals include: 1) Develop, educate, and foster the linguistic and cultural growth of medical students (as it pertains to the practice of medicine) to better serve the needs of all Texans. 2) Support and mentor a diverse (medical/healthcare) faculty, particularly junior faculty, in order to provide our students with mentors that mirror the student population and the population of Texas. 3) Disseminate, educate, and support Hispanic health news, education, and research.