This search is for up to two health promotion and behavioral scientists interested in interdisciplinary, integrated, and comprehensive research addressing population health outcomes particularly relevant to  Latino/Hispanic populations.  We are especially interested in researchers focused on chronic disease, communications research, multi-level interventions, and participatory research. We would also welcome applicants with expertise in systems science (e.g., machine learning, agent-based modeling, social network analysis, systems dynamics modeling, etc.), dissemination & implementation research, quantitative methodologies and analytic approaches in population research, and innovative alternative study designs appropriate for complex clinical and/or community-based studies.

The positions would allow collaboration with faculty, physicians, and epidemiologists with expertise spanning behavioral science and health promotion including prevention and management of chronic disease, cancer and determinants of health including culture, diversity, and disparities. We strive to create and sustain a spirit of diversity, inclusion and enrichment to foster research, the generation of new knowledge, public service, and increase the number of underrepresented minorities in public health research.

Responsibilities will include research, teaching, and community service. The applicant will develop and implement research related to population health, community health and/or clinical health initiatives and work collaboratively with UTHealth School of Public Health colleagues. The applicant must demonstrate practical / applied expertise in analytic methods appropriate to enhancing research investigating psychosocial, behavioral, structural, and/or environmental factors associated with health outcomes as well as empirical research involving the design, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion interventions. We encourage applicants with a broad array of skills and experience related to social/behavioral science and health promotion to apply.  Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences (HPBS) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health and fill two tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant/Associate level. More information on the HPBS Department is available on our website https://sph.uth.edu/divisions/health-promotion-behavioral-sciences/

The Brownsville Campus of the UT Health SPH is host to one of the largest longitudinal cohorts of Latin American origin individuals in the United States. The Cameron County Hispanic Cohort (CCHC) is comprised of ~5,000 participants aged 8 years and older, recruited since 2004, from randomly selected households with the purpose of longitudinal study of health conditions in our community. The Brownsville campus also has a rich history with community-engaged research with a longstanding Collaborative Action Board comprised of community members.  The Brownsville campus is also participating in a range of pre- and post-infection COVID-19 related clinical and genomic studies based on the CCHC. The long-term goal of this faculty recruitment is to delve deeply into population health and to address chronic disease in the population. This unique opportunity involves collaboration among others with the UTHealth Houston, MDAnderson and The Diabetes and Obesity Institute of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).  There are also opportunities to work with faculty at the recently initiated UTRGV School of Medicine as well as the recently approved PhD educational program of UTRGV. The faculty member(s) will participate with senior faculty mentors, other faculty and peers in the research group authoring publications, making presentations at scientific and/or professional meetings, and developing grant support.

Qualifications include: (1) a doctorate with a focus in social/behavioral science or related disciplines (including psychology, psychiatry, sociology, political science, anthropology, social work, health services, organizational science, etc.); (2) evidence of collaborative research supporting advances in population health, community health, mental health, health promotion, disease prevention, chronic disease and cancer prevention and control, and/or health services research; 3) track record of established independent research funding including NIH-funded grants (e.g., K-series and/or R-series); (4) commitment to excellence in teaching and advising graduate students; and (5) excellence in written and oral communication skills. Multi-disciplinary training, with backgrounds that include computer sciences, statistics, engineering, law, policy and other equivalent disciplines/fields will also be considered.

The applicant must demonstrate experience as an independent researcher with funded research studies, presentations at national and international conferences, and a record of high-quality peer-reviewed publications. The successful candidate will provide guidance and mentorship to graduate and post-doctoral students. The candidate will participate in classroom instruction and should be prepared to teach graduate level classes. Teaching commitment will be agreed upon with the Department Chair and the Curriculum Coordinator in the Department. We aim to recruit outstanding research scholars, and the compensation package will be competitive.

Why Brownsville Texas?

Brownsville Texas is located in of the Rio Grande Valley. It is in the heart of a large Mexican American population with high levels of chronic disease, particularly obesity, diabetes, heart disease and liver disease.  Brownsville is located in the southern tip of Texas on the Mexico border, and it is a few miles from the Gulf coast town of South Padre Island, but is within easy reach of Houston, Dallas and other major academic centers with which the campus collaborates extensively. Brownsville has a tropical climate with a new university and medical school, and now hosts Space X as a new and exciting component of the community.  It is a vibrant and young community with a low cost of living.  The opportunities for cutting edge research in this very underserved and understudied population are substantial and collaborations with expertise in genetic epidemiology is already robust.

Application Process

Successful candidates are expected to contribute to the school’s teaching, research and service missions. We encourage applications from the diverse areas of public and population health and medicine.

·         We seek individuals with strong scholarly credentials, including research publications and an appropriate record of external research funding from diverse sources including federal programs.

·         Appointment will be at a rank commensurate with academic accomplishments and experience with competitive salaries, benefits and startup packages.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Candidates should submit a letter describing their qualifications and interests, along with a curriculum vita, and contact information for three professional references to: UTHealth Careers – Careers – UTHealth; direct link: http://p.rfer.us/UTHbocBiV.

Candidates with further questions are encouraged to contact the search committee co-chairs at: (Please copy both on correspondence).

Dr. Melissa Valerio-Shewmaker


& Dr. Harold Kohl


UTHealth is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy.  Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with the applicable law and UTHealth policy.  The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.  This is a security-sensitive position and thereby subject to Texas Education code §51.215. A background check will be required for the final candidate.