Multiple Tenure-Track-Open Rank; Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) - School of Public Health

Texas, USA

Multiple Tenure-Track-Open Rank; Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) - School of Public Health

Location: Texas

Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Category: Faculty

UTHealth Houston School of Public Health

Requisition #: 220003FM

UTHealth Houston School of Public Healthinvites applications to fill tenure-track open-rank faculty positions. Multiple positions are available and affiliated with theSouthwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH), a large and well-established research center within the new Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS). The School of Public Health aims to hire a cluster of faculty members formed to create a new EOHS department and support interdisciplinary scholarship in EOHS-related topics, with a particular interest in developing new areas of inquiry that will place the EOHS program and the School as a whole in a strategic position of strength in this area of science.

We are seeking innovative scholars who investigate and solve complex problems associated with environmental and occupational factors to improve the public’s health, safety, and well-being. To achieve this goal, the Department will aim to include a diverse portfolio covering environmental exposures and sustainability, Total Worker Health © , risk science and policy, infectious diseases, social and community dimensions of environmental health, climate communication, air pollution and climate risks, including working populations and their communities.

The new Department of EOHS will continue providing outstanding educational and professional opportunitiesfor students to study physical, biological, and chemical exposures encountered by workers and the general public, to provide solutions to natural and man-made problems in our environment, and to becomeskilled environmental and healthscientists,leaders, and practitioners. The department willintegrate its high-quality educational programs (MPH and Ph.D. in Environmental Health) with a growing research portfolio,interactive field, and laboratory work, and gainnational recognition for its research programs in environmental and occupational health sciences. Further, the department will foster public health practice and professional service opportunities tobetter serve the community through the prevention or mitigation of exposure to environmental hazards.

Established in 1977, the SWCOEH is the NIOSH-funded Texas Education and Research Center (ERC), and 1 of only 18 in the nation, at The UTHealth Houston School of Public Health. The SWCOEH has a 45-year history of commitment to occupational health and addressing a shortage of occupational and environmental health professionals. The overall goal of the Center is to respond to the critical need for well-trained occupational and environmental health (OEH) specialists by providing graduate-level academic and research training in the OEH disciplines and providing continuing professional education. The SWCOEH has a track record of sustained funding, and solid graduates from excellent degree programs such as the ABET-accredited MPH in Industrial Hygiene program recently ranked 5th in the U.S. (, the occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) residency program continuously accredited by ACGME since 1977 and one of only two civilian OEM programs in Texas, and the first and only Ph.D. program in Total Worker Health in the U.S.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  • Research. Commitment to establishing and maintaining anindependently funded research programand to academic advancement with a strong focus on research accomplishments and publications in scholarly journals within the EOHS field.

  • Teaching & mentoring. Provide graduate-level courses in the EOHS curriculum and mentor and advise both masters and doctoral students in EOHS programs. Commensurate with rank, faculty will serve as a mentor for junior faculty hires.

  • Service. Participate in activities that will enable the Department, School, and University to accomplish its mission. Participate in scholarly and professional organizations that will advance the profession. Provide expertise in areas related to EOHS to others, including other academic departments within the School, the University, or acting as representatives of the University using their expertise to the wider community of university partners and stakeholders.


  • Education: A doctoral degree in environmental or occupational health sciences-related disciplines with research interests in understanding the health effects associated with environmental or occupational risk factors. An MD or DO degree with experience in occupational medicine will be considered as well.

  • Research: An established record of independent scholarship with national and international prominence in the field of EOHScommensurate with academic rank, including high-impact,peer-reviewed research publications, federally-funded grants (e.g., NIH K-series or R-series) or that demonstrates the potential to develop independent and sustainable sponsored research portfolios in EOHS.

  • Teaching: Excellent reputation as an educatorand student mentor with a preference for graduate-level experience.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): A track record of demonstrated commitment to DEI, with capacity and drive to ensure inclusion and diversity in all facets of academic engagement, including faculty, staff, students, and key stakeholders.

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the Office of Benefits Website:

Interested applicants should complete the web application. Please attach a letter describing qualifications and interests, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references to the web application.Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Search Committee Be sure to add “EOHS Faculty Search” to the message subject line.

This is a security-sensitive position and thereby subject to Texas Education Code §51.215. A background check will be required for the final candidates.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

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Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.