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The program facilitates research, education and community outreach on urban health issues, broadly defined. It also brings together faculty and community affiliates from institutions across the Houston area who focus on the social determinants of health.


The Urban Health Program (UHP) is dedicated to fostering community and academic partnerships surrounding issues of health, health care, education, and community planning by highlighting how urban areas can create barriers as well as opportunities for the health of their citizens. In addition to research, UHP allows provides population health training for doctoral students, in conjunction with Rice University's sociology department. 

Strategic Goals

  • Connecting scholars conducting health research and community health organizations in Houston.
  • Facilitating interdisciplinary health research.
  • Convening on-campus dialogues on issues relevant to urban health.


UHP is supported by the Houston Endowment, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the University of Kentucky’s Center for Poverty Research, the University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty, the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Health Economics program, the Faculty Initiatives Fund at Rice, the Texas A&M Census Data Research Center, and the Foundation for Child Development.


Mailing: 6100 Main St., MS-28, Houston, Texas 77005




Head shot of Rachel Kimbro

Rachel Kimbro

  • Dean, School of Social Sciences Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences
  • Kinder Fellow
  • Professor of Sociology
  • Founding Director, Kinder Institute Urban Health Program
  • Rice University