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Gerard E. Carrino

TTUHSC Names New Dean for the Julia Jones Matthews School of Population and Public Health

Gerard E. Carrino, Ph.D., MPH, has been named dean of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Julia Jones Matthews School of Population and Public Health.

Carrino, who most recently served as head of the Department of Health Policy & Management at Texas A&M University School of Public Health, has more than 20 years of executive experience at world renowned public health organizations and vital experience in academia.

TTUHSC President Lori Rice-Spearman, Ph.D., said Carrino offers a combination of professional and academic skills necessary to build and lead TTUHSC’s newest school.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Carrino joining our team,” Rice-Spearman said. “Our goal for this school is to train future health care leaders in a sector of health care that, because of COVID, has been elevated in public awareness and prominence. Dr. Carrino brings a wealth of experience and expertise to share in this field of health care. He also has a great commitment and philosophy to learning and working that reflects our TTUHSC values-based culture.”

Carrino earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Akron in 1989. He received his Master of Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in 1991 and Doctor of Philosophy in 2005 from the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences with his focus on economics and public health.

During his six years at TAMU School of Public Health, Carrino led the school’s interprofessional education efforts, oversaw the successful accreditation of its health administration program, and helped to build sustainable degree programs at TAMU’s McAllen, Texas, site.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Carrino join the TTUHSC team as the dean of our newest school, the Julia Jones Matthews School of Population and Public Health,” TTUHSC Provost and Chief Academic Officer Darrin D’Agostino, D.O., said. “His real-world experience working with population and public health issues will translate into new curriculum, opportunities, and community engagement that will help transform health care in our communities in need. His perspective, proven track record, and work has translated into learning opportunities for his students and will now complement the incredible work our schools bring to West Texas.” 

Among Carrino’s past professional experiences are: senior vice president for the March of Dimes Foundation where he developed and led global forum of more than 9,000 scientists, government officials and health professionals; assistant vice president for administrative planning and project management for Columbia University Medical Center; Island Peer Review Organization director of data analysis where he assured quality-of-care for HIV/AIDS patients in New York State; New York Academy of Medicine senior program officer for the Division of Health and Science Policy; and New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education project liaison.

“I am delighted to be joining Provost D’Agostino, President Rice-Spearman and the whole Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center team,” Carrino said. “I look forward to working with faculty, staff and students – and the entire TTUHSC and Abilene community – to ensure that the Julia Jones Matthews School of Population and Public Health remains a positive force for health in West Texas.”

Carrino has served on numerous national committees concerned with healthy births, the health care workforce and interprofessional education and collaboration. His research focuses on interprofessional education, maternal and child health and the nonprofit form in health care.

The Julia Jones Matthews School of Population and Public Health, which is the sixth at the university, aims to train future health care leaders in population and public health – a sector of health care that has been elevated in public awareness and prominence by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Julia Jones Matthews School of Population and Public Health, which resides on the TTUHSC Abilene, Texas, campus, offers students and researchers a collaborative educational experience, emphasizing research and use of large data sets to understand needs in health care delivery.

Carrino began his new position as dean Feb. 1, 2023.

 

Billy U. Phillips

The Julia Jones Matthews School of Population and Public Health named to honor Julia Jones Matthews. 

The footprint of Julia Jones Matthews' legendary philanthropy extends deep and wide across the environment and culture of Abilene. Portending this moment we celebrate today, Ms. Matthews long recognized the importance of healthcare. Over many years, she has magnanimously shared her considerable resources to address health needs in the Abilene community by supporting local healthcare institutions including Hendrick Health, West Texas Rehabilitation Center, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and others. 

 

Accreditation

Thr Department of Public Health in the Julia Jones Matthews School of Population and Public Health (JJMSPPH) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is currently undergoing reaccreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Our program first gained accreditation in 2018 and, to date, has graduated over 270 students with the MPH degree.

The Council on Education for Public Health is the nationally recognized accrediting body for schools of public health and public health programs.

TTUHSC MPH Accreditation Team

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Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220
Silver Spring, MD 20910-5660
Phone: (202) 789-1050
Fax: (202) 789-1895

 

SPPH Faculty Appointments

Gerard Carrino, PhD, MPH
Dean
School of Population and Public Health
TTUHSC - Abilene
gerard.carrino@ttuhsc.edu
Julie St.John, DrPH, MPH, MA, CHWI
Associate Professor - Department of Public Health,
School of Population and Public Health
TTUHSC - Abilene
julie.st-john@ttuhsc.edu
Hafiz Khan, PhD
Professor - Department of Public Health,
School of Population and Public Health
TTUHSC - Lubbock
hafiz.khan@ttuhsc.edu
Duke Appiah, PhD
Associate Professor - Department of Public Health,
School of Population and Public Health
TTUHSC- Lubbock
duke.appiah@ttuhsc.edu
Jeff Dennis, PhD
Associate Professor Department of Public Health,
School of Population and Public Health
TTUHSC - Lubbock
jeff.dennis@ttuhsc.edu
LisaAnn Gittner, PhD
Associate Professor - Department of Public Health,
School of Population and Public Health
TTUHSC - Lubbock
lisa.gittner@ttuhsc.edu
Rubini Pasupathy, PhD,  MBA, FACHE
Associate Professor - Department of Public Health,
School of Population and Public Health
TTUHSC - Abilene
rubini.pasupathy@ttuhsc.edu
Courtney Queen, PhD
Assistant Professor Department of Public Health,
School of Population and Public Health
TTUHSC - Abilene
courtney.m.queen@ttuhsc.edu

 

Adrian Billings, MD
Director, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - Permian Basin Alpine Rural Residency Tract
TTUHSC - Permian Basinadrian.billings@ttuhsc.edu
Michael Blanton, PhD
Senior Associate Dean-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Professor of Pharmacology and Neuroscience
TTUHSC - Lubbockmichael.blanton@ttuhsc.edu
Kevin Bridge, MD, MPH
Plastic Surgery, Hendrick Health System
TTUHSC - Abilene
kabridge27@gmail.com
Theresa Byrd, DrPH, MPH, RN
Dean - School of Health Professions
University of Texas at Tyler
TTUHSC - Lubbock
theresa.byrd@ttuhsc.edu
Ralph Ferguson, PhD
Managing Director, TTU Ethics Center, Fulbright Global Specialist
TTU - Lubbock
ralph.ferguson@ttu.edu
Debra Flores, PhD
Director of West Texas AHEC & Rural Health Programs
TTUHSC - Lubbock
debra.flores@ttuhsc.edu
Robert Forbis, PhD
Assistant Professor Department of Political Science
TTU - Lubbock
robert.forbis@ttu.edu
Katharine Hayhoe, PhD
Associate Professor Department of Political Science
TTU - Lubbock
katharine.hayhoe@ttu.edu
Coleman Johnson, JD
Special Assistant to the President
TTUHSC - Lubbockcoleman.johnson@ttuhsc.edu
Cynthia Jumper, MD, BSN, MPH
Adjunct Professor, Professor of Medicine, V.P. Governmental Relations & Managed Care
TTUHSC - Lubbock
cynthia.jumper@ttuhsc.edu
Zuber Mulla, PhD, MSPH
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
TTUHSC - El Paso
zuber.mulla@ttuhsc.edu
Patti Patterson, MD, MPH
Professor - Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
TTUHSC - Lubbock
patti.patterson@ttuhsc.edu
Billy U. Philips, Jr., PhD, MPH
Professor of Family & Community Medicine,
Executive Vice President & Director, F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural & Community Health
TTUHSC - Lubbock
billy.philips@ttuhsc.edu
P. Hemachandra Reddy, PhD
Professor and Executive Director, Garrison Institute on Aging
TTUHSC - Lubbockhemachandra.reddy@ttuhsc.edu
B. Chip Shaw, PhD
Executive Director - CRDW
TTUHSC - Lubbock
chip.shaw@ttuhsc.edu
Brie D. Sherwin, JD, PhD
Associate Professor, Texas Tech University School of Law
TTU - Lubbock
brie.sherwin@ttu.edu

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