Office of Academic Affairs

Image of hands holding puzzle piecesThe DSHS Office of Academic Affairs is where academia intersects with health practice in DSHS. DSHS recognizes the importance of collaborating with institutions of higher education to strengthen the link between practice and research, as well as to develop the public health and behavioral health workforce. The Office:

  • Pursues, supports, and strengthens partnerships between DSHS and academic institutions;
  • Helps to develop the statewide workforce needed to improve health and well-being in Texas. 

Continuing Education Service

The Continuing Education Service coordinates continuing education planning and accreditation throughout the state for DSHS public events.

Contact: or (512) 776-3566

DSHS Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds is a series of scholarly presentations that supports DSHS health professions workforce development by encouraging a culture of learning and the integration of evidence into practice.

Contact: or (512) 776-6559

Preventive Medicine Public Health Residency Program

The DSHS Preventive Medicine Public Health Residency Program prepares qualified physicians for a competent, productive preventive medicine practice and career. The program is a fully accredited, two-year, full-time residency.

Contact: or (512) 776-7276

Internship Opportunities

DSHS recognizes that developing and maintaining a health workforce appropriate in skills and numbers is critical for the agency to accomplish its mission. Considering the agency’s scope of responsibilities, statewide facilities, public health and behavioral health expertise, and range of partnerships with academic and other organizations, DSHS is well suited to host students looking for practice or research experiences to meet their academic (internship, practicum, or clerkship) requirements. Most DSHS internships target graduate students, although, undergraduate students are also welcome to apply.

Contact:  or (512) 776-3750 

Institutional Review Boards

An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of the DSHS and personal health information requests submitted to DSHS programs needing approval by an independent board.  This includes human subject research contracted to public or private entities.  The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications in, or disapprove all research activities that fall within its jurisdiction as specified in the federal regulations, state regulations and statutes, and institutional policy. 
There are two IRBs at DSHS, each with the responsibility to protect human subjects in DSHS research or using their DSHS data.
IRB #1:  Located within the Office of Academic Affairs. Reviews DSHS-affiliated social, behavioral, educational, and health science research. 
IRB #2:  Located within the Division for Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Reviews DSHS-affiliated mental health, mental retardation, and substance abuse research.
For more information, please access the DSHS Institutional Review Board Homepage.

Last updated October 21, 2016