The Program for Public Health & Water Research (PPHWR)

The Program for Public Health & Water Research (PPHWR) was established for the purpose of improving access to safe drinking water and addressing other water quality issues in rural and underserved communities in Texas, the United States, and internationally through research, education, collaboration, and outreach.  The program will develop courses, conduct research, and provide a module for water and environmental public health practice.  PPHWR is housed in the Texas A&M Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, to conduct research and education relevant to public health and water. The quality and quantity of water available for residential, agricultural and industrial usage is an essential component of the economic stability of any region.  Currently, there are several cities in the eastern portion of the United States with less than 60 days of remaining water supply.  In many regions of the world, infectious disease rates due to contamination of drinking water with sewage and other contaminants is a major cause of fatalities in children.  The World Health Organization has estimated that more than 4 million children die each year from ingestion of contaminated water.  In addition, numerous water supplies have become contaminated with industrial or naturally occurring chemicals that are a threat to the health of surrounding populations.   




Vincent R. Nathan, PhD, MPH   Director






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