Dean's Welcome


Saludos!  Welcome to the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)! In keeping with UTEP’s mission of Access and Excellence, our undergraduate and graduate programs prepare the next generation of health and human service professionals to improve quality of life, address health disparities, respond to the social determinants of health, and provide outstanding healthcare with compassion and competence. Recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a high-research-activity and a community engaged university, our interdisciplinary and cross-border research, teaching and community service initiatives are designed to examine and address some of the most pressing health challenges that our local and global communities face.

Our degree programs lead to careers in several professional fields that consistently rank among the 100 Best Jobs in health-related fields:

Our expert and award winning faculty and staff work collaboratively to foster high impact educational initiatives by raising global awareness, facilitating interprofessional teamwork, creating opportunities for interdisciplinary and applied research, and enabling global health and civic engagement activities for our learners. The College is housed in two locations: Our $60 million 135,000 sq. ft. Health Sciences and Nursing building on UTEP’s main campus houses state-of-the-art clinical and research laboratories, innovative teaching and clinical simulation spaces, as well as faculty and administrative offices. The Campbell Building, located next to the main campus, is home to CHS graduate programs in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences (Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Speech Language Pathology) with clinical, classroom, simulation and laboratory spaces, the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, the Concussion Management Clinic, and the recently-renovated Human Anatomy Teaching Lab.

We also work closely with UTEP’s Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy as well as the Colleges of Engineering, Education, Liberal Arts and Science to equip all our students with an interprofessional education that will give them a competitive Edge when they graduate and enter the world of professional practice.  Our Interdisciplinary Health Sciences doctoral degree program, in collaboration with UTEP’s School of Nursing, provides the highest quality doctoral educational experience which enables its graduates to become national and global leaders in interdisciplinary research in academic, research and professional practice settings.

Please browse our website to learn more about our vision and mission, academic programs, scholarly activity, community engagement and global initiatives. You will find that every member of the CHS team contributes in a unique and vital way to improving the lives of others. We take to heart the vision of our President, Dr. Diana Natalicio. Recently named as TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world and Fortune magazine’s 50 world leaders, President Natalicio’s passion, dedication, and determination has enabled the College of Health Sciences to attract global attention for its innovative model of community-engaged education and research and its social accountability mandate of working to promote the health of the people and communities of the Paso del Norte Region

I wish you the very best in your educational pursuits and invite you to come and visit us on our beautiful and architecturally unique campus. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need additional information.

En Salud!

Shafik Dharamsi, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Health Sciences
Peter De Wetter Distinguished Professor of Health Sciences
The University of Texas at El Paso
500 W. University Ave.
El Paso, TX 79968
915-747-7201 phone
915-747-8223 fax
http://www.utep.edu/chs/