PMPH Faculty


Laura Rudkin, PhDProfessor and Chair
Centennial Chair in Preventive Medicine and Population Health
Interim Director, Institute for the Medical Humanities

Contact Information

Ewing Hall, Suite 1.116, 700 Harborside Drive, Galveston, Texas
Phone: 409-772-9141
Fax: 409-772-5272
Mailing address: 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77555-1150

Laura Rudkin, PhD

Dr. Rudkin serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health (PMPH) and Interim Director of the Institute for Medical Humanities (IMH). She is a social epidemiologist and demographer with a primary research interest in the influence of social factors on health outcomes. Her educational research and program development activities focus on the integration of public health and medicine through innovative pedagogies. She was PI of the Primary Care Plus project, a five-year HRSA funded grant to integrate primary care and public health training in the medical school and the physician assistant studies program. Dr. Rudkin served as Vice Chair for Education and Graduate Program Director in the Department of PMPH and led the expansion of public health educational opportunities across the schools at UTMB. She was instrumental in the Department of PMPH receiving the 2012 Outstanding Educational Program Award from the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research. She is an elected member of the University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education and a UT Distinguished Teaching Professor.
  • BA, Journalism and Global Studies, University of Iowa, 1982
  • MA, Sociology, University of Iowa, 1985
  • PhD, Sociology and Demography, Princeton University, 1992
  • Educational integration of public health and medicine
  • Social epidemiology
  • Aging
  • Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health
  • Sealy Center on Aging