Office of Research
Jean Brender, Ph.D., R.N.
Associate Dean of Research
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health is committed to fostering research that improves public health and health outcomes, particularly among rural and underserved populations. To achieve this goal, SRPH is home to a distinguished team of 45 faculty researchers representing the five traditional disciplines of public health. Since the School's inception, extramural research expenditures have grown to nearly 8.0 million dollars per year in individual, program, and center activities. Faculty and student research span a wide range of topics important for public health and health outcomes. This range is reflected in our diversity of Centers and Programs that focus on such areas as community and rural health, health care management, reproductive and child health, aging, health disparities, nutrition, physical activity, public health preparedness, and use of geographic information systems in public health.
The Office of Research's mission is to provide efficient and effective administration for the research activities of faculty, students, and staff. This support includes assistance in pre-award grant preparation and post-award financial reporting and monitoring. The Office showcases student research through its annual sponsorship of the SRPH Poster Session and Masters and Doctoral Dean's Student Research Award.
Our Office works to create an environment that enhances the faculty and students' capacities to undertake research projects that improve health status and public health. We also support collaborative efforts of our faculty. SRPH faculty have developed strong collaborations locally and regionally and collaborate on projects with investigators across the U.S. and in other countries.
If you would like to discuss research activities at SRPH and opportunities to collaborate, please do not hesitate to contact our Office.
Jean D. Brender, PhD, RN
Associate Dean for Research