INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERT JOINS UNT HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER
FORT WORTH, Texas -- One of the nation's top authorities on public health
has joined the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.
Fernando M. Treviño, Ph.D., M.P.H., has been appointed chairman of the institution's Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, it was announced by David M. Richards, D.O., president.
Dr. Treviño is president of the World Federation of Public Health Associations, Geneva, Switzerland, and comes to Fort Worth from Washington, D.C. where he has served as executive director of the American Public Health Association since 1993.
"Dr. Treviño is one of the nation's foremost leaders in matters of public health," said Dr. Richards. "We are very fortunate to have someone of his stature to direct our growing initiatives in public health and preventive medicine. Increasingly, public health concerns affect national health policy, and Dr. Treviño will give us a new and strong voice in the public health dialog nationally, state-wide, and at the community level."
Dr. Treviño earned his doctorate in preventive medicine and community health from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He was executive editor of the American Journal of Public Health and The Nation's Health. In 1995, he was elected president of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.
"While medicine concentrates on the health of the individual, those in the public health disciplines are concerned with the health of an entire community or population," said Dr. Treviño. "The average lifespan in the U.S. has increased about 30 years since 1900, and 80 percent of that increase is the result of better public health such as safe water supplies, improved food processing, storage and preparation, and immunizations against disease. I am excited about the vision of the UNT Health Science Center for integrating medicine and public health."
A high percentage of physicians graduating each year from the health science center's Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine choose to serve as family practitioners in small towns. "Often, these doctors are called upon to advise their communities on public health matters. We need to prepare them to do so," said Dr. Richards.
The health science center began offering a Master of Public Health degree in the fall of 1995 in a joint program with the University of North Texas at Denton. It is the only MPH program in north Texas. Currently, 56 students are enrolled in eight courses of study such as environmental health, epidemiology, health behavior, occupational health, and health services administration.
Dr. Treviño, a native Texan, held faculty positions at UTMB and Southwest Texas State University. At each institution, he was director of its Center for Cross-Cultural Research. He also served as senior scientist for the American Medical Association and social scientist for the National Center for Health Statistics at the U.S. Public Health Service.
Dr. Treviño has published and lectured extensively on national statistical data policy and Mexican-American health issues. He is one of only 100 persons in the world elected as an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Health in the United Kingdom. He also is a member of the Society for Public Health Education.
The UNT Health Science Center encompasses of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. In addition to its educational mission, the center conducts basic and clinical research programs, and delivers patient care services at neighborhood clinics located throughout Fort Worth.