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Research Programs

Asthma Research and Education

The Program on Asthma Research and Education (PARE) facilitates environmental research and education focused on asthma, addressing underserved and minority populations.

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Environment and Sustainability

The PES goals are to develop and lead a vibrant Environmental and Sustainability network and to build a model research program with a multi-disciplinary approach that also encompasses education and outreach.

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Global Health Research

The Program on Global Health Research engages in cutting‐edge transdisciplinary research and teaching that reduces the burden of disease and improves lives in international settings.

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Health Law & Policy

The Program on Health Law & Policy aims to become a nationally recognized center noted for its rigorous analysis of state health laws and in-depth training of empirical health law researchers, analysts, and policy advocates.

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Reproductive and Child Health

The program on Reproductive and Child Health focuses on the study of environmental and occupational etiological determinants of reproductive and child health and the education and training of future leaders in this highly critical area of public health.

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Program on Asthma Research and Education

The Program on Asthma Research and Education (PARE) facilitates environmental research and education focused on asthma, addressing underserved and minority populations and recognizing the influence that poverty, disproportionate environmental exposures and lack of medical insurance have on those populations.

The PARE maximizes its impact on asthma outcomes through a dual approach based on prevention research and in-home technical interventions with personalized behavioral education for the family.

Program Contact

Director: Genny Carrillo, MD, ScD, MSPH, MPH
Co-Director: Natalie Johnson, PhD
Phone: 979.436.0963

Program for the Environment and Sustainability

The Program for the Environment and Sustainability goals are to develop and lead a vibrant Environmental and Sustainability network and to build a model research program with a multi-disciplinary approach that also encompasses education and outreach.

PES objectives include:

  • Address population health challenges related to the environment and sustainability through the development of innovative approaches in research, training and outreach
  • Investigate the interaction of the environment, sustainability and population health
  • Create research strategies for implementing environmental and sustainability approaches linked to population health
  • Develop an effective infrastructure for communicating/translating environmental and sustainability findings
  • Develop and promote academic programs, based on research that address the environment and sustainability and population health
  • Increase and expand collaborations with governmental and corporate organizations, TAMU, system-wide TAMU campuses, and other nation/international organizations, which a common interest

Program Contact

Director: Virender K. Sharma, PhD
Co-Director: Antonio Rene, PhD, MPH
Phone: 979.436.9323

Program on Global Health Research

The Program on Global Health Research has an active, engaged group of faculty and students who engage in cutting‐edge transdisciplinary research and teaching that reduces the burden of disease and improves lives in international settings.

This program supports and advances public health research, the dissemination of findings and resulting knowledge, and translates research into public health practice in settings across the world. Our mission is to accomplish this through excellent academic research that supports innovative teaching. As such, this program coordinates with the Program on Public and International Engagement for Health, particularly in related to seeking funding and in identifying opportunities for research translation, engagement, and educational opportunities.

Program Contact

Director: Brian Colwell, PhD
Phone: 979.436.9345

Program on Health Law & Policy

The vision of the Program is to become a nationally recognized center noted for its rigorous analysis of state health laws and in-depth training of empirical health law researchers, analysts, and policy advocates.

The two-fold mission of the Program is

  1. to describe variation in state laws and regulations and to analyze their effects on health and healthcare, and
  2. to train current and future health lawyers and public health professionals in the empirical analysis of laws.

The goals of the Program are to:

  • develop a close working relationship with the TAMU School of Law to establish joint educational programs in public health and law
  • to obtain core funding to allow for the collection and analysis of health laws
  • to identify and engage a cohort of empirical health law faculty across Texas A&M University who are interested and able to undertake this research and training
  • to provide professional development opportunities to attorneys and researchers interested in legal surveillance and analysis

Program Contact

Director: Cason Schmit JD
Co-Director: J.O. Spengler JD, PhD
Phone: 979.436.0277

Program on Reproductive and Child Health

The program on Reproductive and Child Health focuses on the study of environmental and occupational etiological determinants of reproductive and child health and the education and training of future leaders in this highly critical area of public health.

Program Contact

Director: Shaida Kalbasi, PhD
Phone: 979.436.9390