UT Southwestern Medical Center, one of the largest academic medical centers in the U.S., is seeking an academic innovator and leader for Director of the UT Southwestern & Children’s Health Population Sciences Program. The Program, a joint undertaking of UT Southwestern’s Schools of Public Health and Medicine and Children’s Health in Dallas, serves a culturally rich population that has Dallas ranked No. 4 in diversity among U.S. cities. The 7.8 million-person Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex encompasses 13 counties across 9,000 square miles. The majority-minority population is 41% Hispanic and 25% African American. Close to 20% of the population are foreign born, speak Spanish only, and lack health insurance. A quarter are under age 18.

UT Southwestern is establishing a 21st-century School of Public Health cemented in its core research strengths and reinforced through integral collaboration with area institutions, health systems, and community organizations aligned with our mission, vision, values and goals. The Department of Pediatrics, with more than 300 faculty members in 18 divisions, provides clinical care in eight locations and maintains an active research program with more than $40 million of annual research funding. UTSW has approximately 3,000 full-time faculty who garner more than $524 million in annual grant funding for research. The UTSW Medical District spans 230 acres in Dallas. Through its own and affiliated health systems – Parkland Health & Hospital System, Children’s Health, Texas Health Resources, and the VA North Texas Health Care System – UTSW physicians are central to the care of millions of residents in North Texas.

With roots going back more than a century and more than 600 licensed beds, Children’s Health, staffed by more than 7,500 professionals, including approximately 1,300 medical and dental professionals who oversee more than half a million patient encounters each year, is home to nationally recognized programs in most specialty areas. Building upon their 60-year affiliation, Children’s Health and UT Southwestern recently formed a Joint Pediatrics Enterprise (JPE) to expand collaborative clinical services and community outreach. The agreement facilitates a closely aligned partnership to improve joint decision-making and operational alignment to provide the best pediatric care in the region, and ultimately, improve our ability to make life better for children in North Texas.

The UT Southwestern & Children’s Health Pediatric Population Health Sciences Program will function as a home for UT Southwestern faculty, educational programs, and other scholarly activities pertaining to the health and well-being of children. The vision of the Program is that there is no greater societal responsibility than assuring the health of our youth and future generations. Accordingly, the mission of the Program is to foster research and promote its dissemination and implementation for the benefit of all children in North Texas.  The Program is guided by a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. While housed within the new UT Southwestern School of Public Health, it will incorporate faculty from across UT Southwestern Medical Center, as well as clinical and operational leaders from our affiliated health systems and local community-based organizations. The Program’s Director, who may also hold a leadership position in the Department of Pediatrics, will be responsible for managing the Center’s resources, including salary support to fund the faculty and staff effort allotted to achieve the mission.

The Program Director’s primary goal will be to support multidisciplinary research teams, conducting studies and programs on the most critical issues impacting children’s health. This research will be conducted in collaboration with health care providers and community organizations, to generate discoveries that improve the health of child and adolescent populations and serve as a resource to translate scientific findings and knowledge into practical applications for public health practice, health care services, and health policies. Consequently, dissemination and implementation science will be a hallmark of the Program.

Minimum Requirements

The Director of UT Southwestern & Children’s Health Pediatric Population Health Sciences Program must:

  • Hold a MD, PhD or other terminal degree relevant to public health and be eligible for appointment as an Associate Professor or Professor in the School of Public Health,
  • Have at least six years of experience working with a complex university system,
  • Demonstrate a strong track record of research and leadership experience with multi-disciplinary research teams in academic and community settings,
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills

Appointment rank will be commensurate with academic accomplishments and experience.

About UT Southwestern Peter O'Donnell Jr. School of Public Health

UT Southwestern, one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation, integrates pioneering biomedical research with exceptional clinical care and education. The institution’s faculty has received six Nobel Prizes and includes 25 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 17 members of the National Academy of Medicine, and 13 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators. The full-time faculty of more than 2,800 is responsible for groundbreaking medical advances and is committed to translating science-driven research quickly to new clinical treatments. The UTSW Medical District spans 230 acres in Dallas. Through its own and affiliated health systems –Parkland Health & Hospital System, Children’s Health, Texas Health Resources, and the VA North Texas Health Care System – UTSW physicians are central to the care of millions of residents in North Texas.

UT Southwestern Medical Center is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community.  As an equal opportunity employer, UT Southwestern prohibits unlawful discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, or veteran status. To learn more, please visit: https://jobs.utsouthwestern.edu/why-work-here/diversity-inclusion/.