UT Southwestern Medical Center has received a massive $100 million donation to support its new School of Public Health.
Programs at the Peter O’Donnell Jr. School of Public Health will focus on translating scientific discovery into solutions by building on UT Southwestern’s existing strengths, including data science, epidemiology, and disease research. population health, officials said.
The school will be named in honor of one of Texas’ leading philanthropists who died last year. He and his late wife, Edith, established the O’Donnell Foundation, which donated the money for the school. The donation is the largest donation to a school of public health at a public university in the country, officials said.
The new school joins UT Southwestern’s School of Medicine, School of Health Professions, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
The donation will benefit both the university and the North Texas region by improving “the quality of research and the focus on addressing entrenched health disparities affecting our communities,” Jasmin said. Tiro, professor of population and data science and associate director of community outreach, engagement, and equity for the Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center at UT Southwestern.
The new school of public health comes as Texas — and the world — continues to grapple with the ongoing effects of COVID-19.
The school will offer different concentrations including Burden of Chronic Disease; disease prevention; socioeconomic determinants of health and disparities in health outcomes; and health equity and global health and emerging infections.
For more than four decades, the O’Donnells and their foundation funneled more than $400 million to the Dallas campus.
University officials said the majority of the latest donation will create an endowment to support the new school’s research and education programs. The funding will also be used to support the recruitment of new teachers and the development of new programs by the school.
“We are proud to share a gift that honors the immeasurable legacy of the O’Donnells and has a lasting impact on UT Southwestern and North Texas communities,” said William T. Solomon, president and CEO of the O’Donnell Foundation. A declaration.
Last year, the University of Texas system regents approved the graduate school of public health, and lawmakers provided $10 million in seed funding. UT Southwestern will enroll students in its new master’s program next year and doctoral programs the following year.
“This gift will really dramatically accelerate our commitment to having a truly exceptional school…that will benefit public health,” said UT Southwestern President Daniel K. Podolsky.
About two weeks ago, UT Southwestern wrapped up a billion-dollar campaign to support its brain research institute, which also bears O’Donnell’s name.
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