Sharon Cooper


Sharon Cooper, PhD



Co-Director: Sharon Cooper, Ph.D., Professor of Epidemiology, is Regional Dean of the UT School of Public Health, San Antonio Regional Campus. Prior to returning to UTSPH in 2007, she spent five years as Professor of Epidemiology and Head, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health. She obtained her Masters degree in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health, and her doctorate in chronic disease epidemiology. She is an occupational epidemiologist whose major research focus is on surveillance of occupational illnesses and injuries, and assessment of occupational exposures and their relation to adverse health effects. She is also interested in research in vulnerable working populations, particularly migrant farmworkers, and in child and adolescent workers. She has published in the area of injuries in working youth, substance use and occupational injuries, childhood cancer, and ethical issues in working with vulnerable populations. Funded by CDC/NIOSH and NIEHS, she is currently studying chronic disease risk factors in Hispanic youth, with a focus on youth from migrant farmworker families and is working with a team to build a national research database for farmworkers by linking clinical data from a sample of Community and Migrant Health Centers.  She also directs the Occupational Epidemiology training program that is part of the NIOSH-funded Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health in Houston, and serves on the Internal Advisory Board for the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health at UT Health Center at Tyler. 

Contact: Sharon Cooper, Ph.D.
Co-Director, REACH Center
Professor and Regional Dean
UT School of Public Health
San Antonio Regional Campus
8550 Datapoint, Suite 200
San Antonio, TX 78229
Phone:  (210) 562-5508
Fax: (210) 562-5528


Positions Available
Epidemiologist, Health Services Researcher
Informatics Researcher