Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) serves as the hub for supporting and strengthening relations between the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and academia.  These solid partnerships are essential in fulfilling our vision of an equipped, engaged and re-energized public health workforce in Texas.  

The OAA operates a preventive medicine residency program, provides continuing education services, facilitates internship experiences and workforce development, and administers an Institutional Review Board.

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. This program is a fully accredited, two-year, full-time residency.

Contact: or (512) 776-3686

DSHS Internships/Practica

DSHS recognizes that developing and maintaining a skilled public health workforce is critical for the agency to accomplish its mission. The agency’s scope of responsibilities focuses on many dimensions of public health from chronic disease, infectious disease, laboratory services, zoonosis control, and consumer protection.

DSHS hosts a variety of internships across functional divisions and eight DSHS public health regions. Through partnerships with academic and other organizations, DSHS is well suited to host interns seeking practice or research experiences to meet academic requirements or other learning goals. DSHS Blue Ribbon internships are designed for graduate level, although undergraduate students and post-graduates are welcome to apply. If there is no available internship that matches your interest, you can request one using the procedures on the Internship Applications page.

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.  

IRB #1:  Located within the Office of Academic Affairs. Reviews DSHS-affiliated social, behavioral, educational, and health science research. 
IRB #2:  Located within HHSC. Reviews HHSC-affiliated* mental health, mental retardation, and substance abuse research. The IRB #2 website.

For more information, please access the DSHS Institutional Review Board Homepage.

Last updated June 11, 2019