Chris Tex, PhD
Dr. Chris Tex is an Associate Faculty member in the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Arizona Global Campus (UAGC). He obtained his PhD in Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology from Walden University and a Master of Public Health from the Medical College of Ohio. Before his graduate work, Dr. Tex earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Findlay in the field of Biology.
Dr. Tex has participated in indoor air quality studies focusing on smoking within Ohio restaurants. This led to a no smoking ordinance being implemented in two metropolitan cities. Following this, he began working as a Birth Defects and Newborn Screening Epidemiologist for the Arizona Department of Health Services. He has also worked as a Program Director for a Medical Laboratory Technology program, as well as in clinical laboratories analyzing biological specimens.
Dr. Tex has more than two decades of teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level. He has taught a variety of public health, nursing, and medical laboratory courses. At the UAGC, Dr. Tex teaches courses ranging from the Health and Wellness course (HWE200) to Public Health Practicum II (MPH651). He serves as a Course Lead for a variety of the MPH courses, as well as a faculty mentor to many of our MPH students. He was nominated to the UAGC Faculty Council starting in July 2023. Dr. Tex is also an active member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS).
Dr. Tex’s personal research focuses primarily on diagnostic testing standards, social presence/collaboration between MPH online students and faculty, and global health. He had poster presentations accepted for the 2023 ASPPH and SOPHE Annual Meeting focusing on interprofessional collaboration between MPH students and faculty, as well as public health liberation theory, respectively. He will be presenting a poster at the 2023 APHA conference focusing on public health liberation theory.
When not teaching, he volunteers for a health relief agency that travels to Mexico to help sustain a free medical clinic. He also plays drums in a few blues/rock bands. One of his bands is releasing their fourth album within the next month.