STEER | South Texas Environmental Education and Research




Students at U.S. medical schools; medical residents; nursing students; public health students; dental students or residents; practitioners in occupational health, preventive medicine, family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, or practitioners in any area who have an interest in border health or who want to learn more about the border before deciding to locate there.


Email or fax the required forms to:
Fax: 210-567-4579.
If you have any questions, call us at 210-562-6550.


The course Environmental Medicine/Border Health is an approved elective for first-year and fourth-year medical students at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Fourth-year students enroll in course number: FAPR 7010, and may earn up to 4 senior elective credits (one per week). First-year medical students (except for MD/MPH students) enroll in course number ELEC 3009. For first-year UTHSCSA medical students, there is no credit toward completion of requirements for graduation, and no grade is recorded. However, upon completion of the elective to the course director's satisfaction, the Office of Student Services will be notified so that a notation may appear on the student's transcript that this elective was completed.

Students in the Integrated 4-year MD/MPH Program may earn credit toward both degrees by participating in STEER. MD/MPH students who take STEER between their MS1 and MS2 years can earn “forward credit” 4 of the 18 required Senior Elective credits. The University of Texas School of Public Health requires a public health practicum for the MPH, and STEER is frequently approved as a practicum and as having appropriate contenct for the global health concentration.

Visiting students need to confirm whether their school will offer credit. Our staff will be happy to supply information as to topics and schedule.


There are no tuition fees. Housing for visiting students is $750 for the month and is due at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the program. Housing is provided at no cost to students from the University of Texas Health Science Center. All students are responsible for travel to and from Harlingen, meals, personal daily expenses and after-hours transportation and personal activities.

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The course is offered five to eight times per year. Instruction generally begins on the first Monday of the month and lasts four weeks. Contact us for the dates of the elective you are considering. Shorter electives may be available upon request. Please contact us for more information.