School of Health Professions, Defining the Future of Healthcare. Dean Protas awards student with diploma. Three students look down at machines Two students examine a test tube. Seven students practice examiniations on test dummies. Seven students pose with a skeleton that is wearing scrubs, an apron, and face/head coverings. Five graduates posing in a group. Two students looking through their own microscopes. A professor pointing at a screen with student taking notes. Student inserting a tube inside the nose of a test dummy. Five students sitting on the floor, examining footprints. Three students reading from a program booklet. A large group of students addressing the crowd. One student lecturing to his classmates. A student measuring heartbeats from a patient's wrist. A professor pulling out and explaining a chart reading to two of his students.



For over a century, the University of Texas Medical Branch has dedicated its efforts toward improving the health of society - in Texas and beyond. Today the SHP offers Baccalaureate degrees in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Respiratory Care, master's degrees in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Occupational Therapy, Health Professions, Nutrition & Metabolism and Physician Assistant Studies, and a professional doctorate in Physical Therapy.

In addition to designing and implementing innovative ways to deliver instruction to students at distant locations, the school continuously explores opportunities to expand its program offerings and interprofessional learning.

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Dr. Elizabeth Protas and Dr. Vicki Freeman pose with various award recipients.

Congratulations to all of our recipients of the SHP Dean's Academic and Competitive Scholarship Award. Nita Amin and Makaela Mirano, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Nicole Bardaji and Allyson Cook-Lindsay, Physical Therapy, Jennifer Cleveland, Nutrition & Metabolism, Reagan Davis and Nikita Engineer, Physician Assistant Studies, Christina Carrion and Rachel Perry, Occupational Therapy, and Justin Horsley and Soraya Toghani, Respiratory Care. All of the recipients are pictured above with former dean Dr. Elizabeth Protas and interim dean, Dr. Vicki Freeman.

Read More: Congratulations Michael Chamberlain & Colleen McKenna!

SHP Welcomes New Interim Dean Dr. Vicki Freeman

Dr. Vicki Freeman

Dr. Vicki S. Freeman has been appointed Interim Dean for the School of Health Professions, effective September 18, 2017 by Dr. Danny Jacobs, Executive Vice President and Provost.

Dr. Freeman is currently the Associate Dean of Faculty Development in SHP and tenured Professor in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. She also holds faculty appointments in the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Freeman is a University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor, a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor and received a UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award in 2014.

Dr. Freeman leads UTMB's Clinical Laboratory Sciences program, one of the largest and most dynamic in the country. In 2016, she established the Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Sciences degree program, the second of its kind in the nation. Dr. Freeman's efforts have been funded by the Departments of Education, Labor, and Health Services through the American International Health Alliance Twinning Partnership Program.

Dr. Freeman received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Community and Human Resources and Master of Arts degree in Adult Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She earned a Bachelor of arts degree in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from the University of Texas at Austin.

SHP Bids Farewell to Dr. Elizabeth Protas

Dr. Elizabeth Protas

A retirement reception was held for Dr. Elizabeth Protas, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA on September 13. She dutifully served as the Dean of the School of Health Professions since 2006 and has been named Senior Vice President, George T. Bryan Distinguished Professor, Ruby Decker Endowed Professor, and Senior Fellow of the Sealy Center on Aging during her tenure.

A good time was had by all and she will be truly missed. We wish Dr. Protas the very best on her new phase in life and thank her for her service and dedication.

Dr. Elizabeth Protas poses with various party attendees wishing her a sincere farewell

Read More: Past SHP Deans

Laboratorians: Behind the Scenes Detectives

close up of a microscopeThe TMC News quoted Dr. Vicki Freeman, Former Clinical Laboratory Sciences Chair and Professor, on Aug 4.

"The people we educate are the ones that work in the labs processing specimens that come to them from patients," Dr. Freeman said. "They perform the tests that go back to physicians, allowing them to make decisions on how to treat patients."

Read More: Laboratorians: Behind the Scenes Detectives

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The Exercise Antidote

Nutrition and Metabolism faculty focus on how exercise causes good health.

Screen capture of the The Exercise Antidote.

SHP Nutrition and Metabolism faculty shed light on their $6.6 million grant, the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC). The grant allows UTMB to join forces with other institutions to examine and provide understanding on how physical activity improves health over a five-year period.

Article Excerpt: "There is little dispute that exercise is good for us. Getting fit is consistently one of the most New Year's resolutions and many Americans commit - and recommit - to a new workout routine more than once a year. Numerous scientific studies link exercise to a host of benefits for your body, from boosts of serotonin levels to lowering risk for heart disease."

Read More: The Exercise Antidote

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