Front view of the School of Health Professions and Nursing building.

Office of the Dean

The Office of the Dean provides leadership for the School of Health Professions and is responsible for preparing and administering the budget, developing and maintaining good relationships with students, faculty, staff, and alumni, fostering professionalism, belonging, and a positive work/learning environment in the school.

Welcome from the Dean of the School of Health Professions

David Brown

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I am delighted to welcome you to the School of Health Professions (SHP) at the University of Texas Medical Branch. We welcome you into an academic environment that values education, research and innovation, service to the community, patient care, and inclusivity in the pursuit of giving you the opportunity to make lasting contributions to healthcare. We look forward to your contributions to the varied perspectives and unique backgrounds that each student brings to our learning community.

Our interprofessional learning environment is composed of the Departments of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Nutrition and Metabolism, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Care, and the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences. We are truly excited to be moving forward as a unified team of health care professionals to assure the quality of our educational programs.

You will find dedicated and skilled faculty ready to work with you, to share their expertise, and offer you state-of-the-art learning experiences using innovative technology and teaching methods. These faculty will provide you with opportunities to stretch your own professional boundaries and help you gain a broad perspective of your own role on the healthcare team while working with students from other disciplines, including those in the School of Nursing, School of Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

I hope you will take some time and learn more about what SHP and UTMB has to offer you as a student and ultimately as an alum.


David A. Brown, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Senior Vice President and Dean, School of Health Professions

Web Biography

SHP Mission, Vision, Values and Philosophy

SHP Mission

The mission of the School of Health Professions is to provide excellent and innovative education integrated with high impact research and quality clinical experiences producing healthcare professionals that advance the future of healthcare.

SHP Vision

The School of Health Professions envisions a multi – disciplinary school engaged in diverse, collaborative and innovative solutions that produces future healthcare professionals and clinicians who provide world class patient care and cutting-edge research.

SHP Values

All constituents of the School of Health Professions practice the values endorsed by UTMB:

  • We demonstrate compassion for all.
  • We always act with integrity.
  • We show respect to everyone we meet.
  • We embrace belonging and inclusivity to best serve a global community.
  • We promote excellence and innovation through lifelong learning.
SHP Philosophy

Health profession's education should focus on student competency and compassion for the clients they serve.

Research and innovation is the hallmark of a great institution. We are always looking for new ways to make things better.

Service to the community is an attitude that characterizes professional people. Professionals always put the needs of others before their own. The campus community is part of a larger community, with whom we must partner if we are to be effective. Our educational programs emphasize community-based learning and practice.

Evidence-based patient care is critical for providing clients with the best healthcare outcomes for a better quality of life.

We invite you to learn more about the School of Health Profession Strategic Plan.

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To view UTMB Health's Strategic Plan, please visit

Contact Us

School of Health Professions
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-1028
O: SHP/SON 4.202
P: 409-772-3001
F: 409-747-1623

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