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2018-08-22 / South Texas Living

Deanna Hoelscher is new regional dean of UTHealth School of Public Health


Deanna Hoelscher, Ph.D., R.D.N. Deanna Hoelscher, Ph.D., R.D.N. Deanna Hoelscher, Ph.D., R.D.N., who was born and raised in Floresville, has been named regional dean of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin, effective Sept. 1. She will succeed Cheryl Perry, Ph.D., who has served as regional dean since the school’s Austin campus was established in 2007.

Hoelscher has served as director of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at UTHealth School of Public Health since 2006. She is the John P. McGovern Professor in Health Promotion in the school’s Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences. She is a certified nutrition specialist, licensed dietitian, and registered dietitian nutritionist. In 2017, she received the Academic Public Health Practice Excellence Award given by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, as well as The University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.

“I am excited to continue the excellent work that Dr. Perry and my colleagues started in Austin,” said Hoelscher. “Our campus has grown tremendously since its inception, in the number of students and faculty, as well as research projects and community partnerships, which illustrates the need for a strong public health presence and linkage to UT Austin, as well as the training of a public health workforce for Central Texas. I would like to thank Dean [Eric] Boerwinkle for this opportunity and Dr. Perry for her guidance and support during this transition period.”

Hoelscher, whose mother, Rose, still lives in Floresville, earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences and an M.A. in nutrition from The University of Texas at Austin, and a B.S. in food science and technology from Texas A&M University. Her chief research and academic interests include design, implementation, and evaluation of nutrition and physical activity programs for children, school staff, and underserved populations; and dietary and physical activity interventions for prevention of chronic diseases, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, and more.

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