Institute for Health Promotion Research

The Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR), housed in the Department of Population Health Sciences (PHS) at UT Health San Antonio, is leading the charge to discover why Latino health disparities exist, creating solutions to reduce those disparities, and enhancing the ability of people to advocate for and start equitable community changes that create healthier places to live, work, and play for this rapidly growing population.

Who we are and what we do

The IHPR’s mission is to investigate causes and solutions to cancer and chronic disease disparities to improve Latino health in San Antonio, South Texas and the nation.

Areas of Expertise

  • Latino health disparity research/training
  • Health promotion/communication
  • Cancer control research from primary prevention to survivorship
  • Healthy lifestyle promotion
  • Prevention of tobacco use, obesity, diabetes


  • Develop, test and implement behavioral health interventions, projects, and programs.
  • Train and mentor Latino undergrads, grads, fellows and pre/post-doctoral researchers.
  • Communicate with research, health, policy, media and public groups via websites, social media, news releases, PSAs, educational materials, and scientific articles and reports.

IHPR Program Websites

  • Salud America!: A National and Award-Winning Latino Health Equity Network for Research and Communications
  • Exito!: Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training Program (NCI)
  • Quitxt: A Statewide Text Message-Based Smoking Cessation Program

Visit the IHPR’s website for additional information related to current projects and research training opportunities.

IHPR Training Opportunities

Students interested in an internship may request more information by filling out IHPR’s prospective trainee survey and submitting an updated CV.

Collaboration Guidelines and Policies

Contact Us

Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.PH.
Chair and Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences
Director, Institute for Health Promotion Research

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