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The School of Public Health is improving the health of communities through interdisciplinary inquiry, innovative solutions and the development of leaders. Students use faculty as advisers, and each student participates in a practicum that seeks to solve a real-world, health-related problem. Students have conducted epidemiologic studies, assisted in programs/centers of faculty, and served as interns in Texas, the nation and the world. The college has been ranked among the top 25 best graduate schools for public health by U.S. News & World Report since 2008, and consistently ranks in the top five in student body diversity.

FUNDING PRIORITIES

Develop and expand the EpiAssist Program ($10 million)

EpiAssist is a service-learning program that provides surge capacity for local health departments to deal with public health emergencies including hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, and infectious diseases such as Zika and Ebola. With your support, we can provide logistical funds for students to work in the field; expand the program to allow participation from all students on campus; and create an endowment to support the program’s director. Endowed gifts of $25,000 or more will contribute to the overall goal.

Name the Center for Population Health and Aging ($7.5 million)

With increased longevity and population aging, new concerns are raised about the quality of Americans’ longer lives. To address these concerns, the Center for Population Health and Aging provides a coordinated focus for research and practice on strategies for understanding and promoting successful aging. Naming the center will support operational costs, evidence-based research efforts and expansion across Texas.

Fund four chairs for department heads ($4 million)

Funding an endowed chair through a $1 million gift is an excellent way to attract outstanding faculty, and it serves to recognize research achievements. Having a named professorship can be the edge needed to secure federal grants for research or to have research findings be published in leading academic journals.

Advance water purification research for Dr. Virender Sharma ($1 million)

The School of Public Health seeks research funding for Dr. Virender Sharma, a professor in the college. Sharma has spent the past 26 years researching ferrate, a supercharged iron that can both disinfect common surfaces and safely purify contaminated water. His stabilized liquid ferrate solution can make viruses, bacteria and other water toxins inactive within minutes without leaving behind harmful by-products. The use of liquid ferrate shows great promise as a spray disinfectant that could be used in health care institutions, stopping the spread of such deadly infections as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile. Endowed gifts of $250,000 or more will contribute to the overall goal.

Create scholarships for students ($1 million)

Some of the best public health students can’t afford today’s tuition, but endowed scholarships open a world of possibilities because they provide benefits to current and future generations. You can fund an endowed scholarship for a School of Public Health student starting at $25,000.

Fund an endowed faculty professorship ($500,000)

Top-notch faculty members attract not only other superb professors but also superb students. Because state funds cover only basic faculty requirements, private support is more critical than ever. You can fund an endowed professorship to support one of the School of Public Health’s top faculty. Endowed funds generate an annual income to pay for a professor’s research, travel costs and the salaries of his or her graduate assistants. A professorship can be established with a $500,000 gift.

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EpiAssist, a program in the Texas A&M School of Public Health, provides much-needed disaster and emergency preparedness services to local, regional and state health departments.

To support the School of Public Health and learn about endowment opportunities, contact Karen Slater.

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Karen Slater ’88

Director of Development
Texas A&M Foundation
(800) 392-3310 or (979) 436-9108
kslater@txamfoundation.com

Karen is director of development for the Health Science Center School of Public Health. She identifies, evaluates, cultivates, solicits and provides donor relations support of major gift donors to achieve the major gift fundraising goals for the college. Karen joined the Foundation in September 2016.