Department of Global Health & Emerging DiseasesContact Us

Departmental Contact

Sadie Odem
Office Phone: (409) 772-9141
School of Public and Population Health
4th Floor, University Hospital Clinics Building
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-1150


International SOS (iSOS) at +1-215-942-8478. Students requiring any type of emergency assistance are instructed to contact iSOS, who accepts collect calls and is available 24/7 to assist with overseas medical, security, or legal emergencies.

As an alternative, students may also call the UTMB Emergency Abroad dedicated phone at +1-409-761-1308. This number is monitored 24/7 while UTMB students are abroad, and will be answered by the designated UTMB Global Health personnel on-call. This number should ONLY be used for emergency issues.

Questions or Concerns about Health & Safety

Please contact Dr. Matthew Dacso in the UTMB Global Health Education office at +1-713-206-3713 (cell) or by email at if you have any questions or concerns about non-emergency health and safety issues.

Parents, spouses, or other family members of traveling UTMB students should contact Dr. Matthew Dacso at +1-713-206-3713 (cell) or by email at for questions or concerns.

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