Bryan Bayles



Dr. Bayles is Research Assistant Professor of Public Health in the Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He works closely with Department and University leadership to help spearhead A&M-SAs growing public health research and teaching initiatives. Dr. Bayles has also held faculty appointments in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for over 15 years, where he taught medical, nursing, and allied health students, while also serving as Assistant Director of the Center for Integrative Health (CIH).  Dr. Bayles previously served as Curator of Anthropology and Health at the Witte Museum, where he led content, educational programing and data analysis for the Wittes pioneering exhibition: The H-E-B Body Adventure Powered by University Health System. This permanent exhibition has won multiple awards for its innovative use of interactive technologies and multimedia to nurture Health IQ, Empowerment and Wellness, while generating actionable health behavior data at the zip-code level for tens of thousands of school-age youth and adults in central Texas. This data has been featured in Annual Reports, the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment for Bexar and Atascosa Counties, and the SA 2020 Impact Report. This data was also highlighted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a contributor to San Antonios receipt of the prestigious RWJF 2018 Culture of Health Prize. 

Dr. Bayles recieved a Masters degree studying art history with the eminent late Mayan epigrapher Linda Schele at the University of Texas at Austin. He subsequently received a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Missouri Columbia and a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houstons San Antonio Regional campus. Dr. Bayles worked closely with indigenous Mayan midwives and traditional healers in Chiapas, Mexico, as well as curanderos (folk healers) and biomedical clinicians throughout South Texas and the Texas-Mexico border region. Upon receiving a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral National Service Award (F32 AT001995-01A2), Dr. Bayles gained further experience in epidemiological methods and community health promotion, with an emphasis on maternal and child health and chronic disease. Dr. Bayles has particular passion for merging qualitative and quantitative research methods for the deisgn, implementation, and evaluation of community public health and teaching interventions. Dr Bayles serves as the Vice Chair for the San Antonio Mayors Fitness Council, Dr. Bayles works to nurture creative, sustained partnerships that will result in culturally humble community health initiatives and transformative social change.


Year Name of the award
2022 Community Engagement Hero Award for Outstanding Community Partner; Awarded by the UT Health San Antonio Institute for the Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS)
2019 American Association of Museums Silver MUSE Award in Research and Innovation for innovative technology and community impact (awarded to the Witte Museum for the H-E-B Body Adventure; Role: Curator).
2016 Texas Association of Museums Inaugural Media and Innovation Excellence Award (Awaarded to the Witte Museum for the H-E-B Body Adventure. Role: Curator)
2001 Team Spirit Award. Teen Pregnancy Prevention Workgroup. Texas Department of State Health Services. Austin, Texas.
1994 Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. University of Texas Austin


Teaching Summary

Year Rank Company/Institute/University
2023-present Assistant Professor of Community Health; Program Director Texas A&M University San Antonio
2020-Present Research Assistant Professor of Public Health Texas A&M University San Antonio
2012-Present Adjunct Associate Professor Department of Family and Community Medicine/University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
2019 Instructor Honors College/University of Texas San Antonio
2002-2011 Assistant Professor / Assistant Director Department of Family and Community Medicine/Center for Integrative Health/University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
2009-2011 Instructor Department of Anthropology/University of Texas San Antonio
2000-2001 Adjunct Faculty Department of Sociology/San Antonio College
2000 Adjunct Faculty Department of Sociology/Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX
1995-1998 Graduate Instructor Department of Anthropology/University of Missouri-Columbia


Classes Observing

Course Code Course Name
HLTH 2301 Foundations of Community Health
HLTH 3345 Theories and Models of Health Behavior
HLTH 3110 Health Writing
HLTH 3330 The Science of Health Disparities
HLTH 4325 Global Health
HLTH 4355  Health Program Evaluation and Research
HLTH 4342 Program Planning for Health Promotion
BIOL 4356 Topics in Biology-Fundamentals of Epidemiology


  • Kalmbach, K.C., Basinger, E.D., Bayles, B., Schmitt, R., Nunez, V., Moore, B.A., & Tedeschi, R.G. (2023). Moral injury in post-9/11 combat-experienced military veterans: A qualitative analysis. Psychological services. Advancd online publication.
  • Ogbeide, S.A. & Bayles, B. (2023) Using a Delphi Technique to Define Primary Care Behavioral Health CLinical Supervision Competencies. Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings, 1-14. Advanced online publication.
  • Huynh, H. & Bayles B. (2022). Secure yet Flexible: Can Intellectual Humility Protect against Belief in Conspiracy Theories? A Brief Report. North American Journal of Psychology. Vol. 24, No. 4, 561-570.
  • Sheperis, CJ & Bayles B. (2022). Empowerment evaluation: A practical strategy for promoting stakeholder inclusion and process ownership. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation.
  • Young RA, Bayles B, Benold T, Hill J, Kumar KA, Burge SK. (2013) Family physicians perceptions on how they deliver cost-effective care: A qualitative study from the Residency Research Network of Texas (RRNet) (2013) Family Medicine 45(5):311-318.
  • Ferrer RL, Cruz I, Burge S, Bayles B, Castilla MI. (2014) Measuring capability for healthy diet and physical activity. Annals of Family Medicine 12(1):46-56.
  • Palmer RF, Walker T, Mandell D, Bayles B, Miller CS. (2010) Explaining low rates of autism among schoolchildren in Texas. American Journal of Public Health. 100(2):270-272. Epub 2009 Dec 17.
  • Bayles B. (2009) Perceptions of childhood obesity on the Texas-Mexico border: A pilot study. Public Health Nursing. 27(4):320-328.
  • Bayles B and Usatine R. (2009) Evening Primrose Oil. American Family Physician. 80(12):1405-1408.
  • Bayles B and Katerndahl D. (2009) Culture-bound syndromes in Hispanic primary care patients. The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine. 39(1):15-31.
  • Bayles B. (2008) Metaphors to cure by: Tojolabal Maya midwifery and cognition. Anthropology and Medicine. 15(3):227-238.
  • Rakel DP, Guerrera M, Bayles B, Desai G, Ferrara E, Nedro A. (2008) CAM Education: Promoting a salutogenic focus in health care. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 14(1):87-93.
  • Bayles B. (2007) Herbal medicine use among direct-entry and certified nurse midwives in Texas. Journal of Midwifery and Womens Health. 52(5):473-478.
  • Fornos L, Mika V, Bayles B, Serrano A, Jimenez R, Villarreal R. (2005) Why dont they reach out? A qualitative study of Mexican American adolescent depression. Journal of School Health. 75(5):162-70.
  • Bayles B. (2004) Engaging the field of integrative medicine. Anthropology News 45(1).
  • Bayles B. (2002) Infant mortality. In Health Disparities in Texas: An Epidemiologic Review of Priority Health Outcomes. Texas Department of State Health Services. Austin, Texas. pps 53-59.
  • Bayles B. (2012) Nervios. In Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health. Loue S and Sajatovic M (Eds.). Springer U.S. DOI 10.1007/978-1-4419-5659-0. ISBN: 978-1-4419-5655-2 (Print) 978-1-4419-5659-0 (Online); Pages 1122-1123.
  • Bayles B. (2001) The rayo and the ribbon: Tradition and transformation in a Tojolabal folktale. Latin American Indian Literature Journal. 21(1):55-78.
  • Bayles B. Scaling the world trees: Ethnobotanical insights into Mayan spiked vessels. Journal of Latin American Lore. 21(1):55-78.


Bryan Bayles

College Of Arts And Sciences

Department Health and Behavioral Sciences

Assistant Professor of Community Health

CAB 351 F
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Course Teachings

HLTH 4325 001 GLOBAL HEALTH Spring 2024 No Syllabus Attached
HLTH 2301 001 FOUNDATIONS OF COMM HLTH Spring 2024 No Syllabus Attached