Health Information for Students
Student Health ClinicThe University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
UT Professional Building
6410 Fannin St, Ste 1010
Houston, TX 77030
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Appointments preferred. Acute illness Walk-Ins: 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
No physician 12-1 p.m.
For non life threatening emergencies contact the answering service at 713-500-5808 and ask to speak to Student Health doctor on call.
For occupational exposure or Needlesticks call the 24 hour hotline at 713-500-OUCH (6824). Call this emergency hotline before going to the ER. Callers will be given instructions on what to do and if postexposure prophylaxis medications are needed.
MD Anderson School of Health Professions students seeking counseling should contact the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houstons Counseling Services, which provides SHP students access to staff psychologists and psychiatrists.University of Texas Employee Assistance Program (UTEAP)
7000 Fannin St, Ste 1670
Houston, TX 77030
713-500-3327 or 800-346-3549
AIDS, HIV and HBV
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center recognizes the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) as serious public health threats. It is the policy of this institution to minimize risk to our patients and to provide the highest quality patient care. It is also the policy of this institution to make reasonable accommodations when disabilities limit the capacity of otherwise qualified applicants and employees as set forth in the institution's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policy. Any student or employee infected with HIV or HBV will not be permitted to perform exposure-prone procedures unless and until an Expert Review Panel determines that it would be medically appropriate to do so.
The existence of HIV or HBV infection will not be used by MD Anderson to determine suitability for admission to an educational program unless the program requires performance of exposure-prone procedures as identified by MD Anderson's Expert Review Panel. No employee or student will be denied benefits or provided reduced benefits under a health plan offered through The University of Texas System on the basis of a positive HIV test result. A person with HIV or HBV infection shall not be denied access to MD Anderson because of HIV or HBV infection. A complete copy of the institution's policy regarding AIDS, HIV and HBV is available in the Office of the Dean.
Educational Materials Concerning AIDS/HIV
Contagious Diseases and Immunization Requirements
In the event that a student contracts or is exposed to a communicable disease, the student must notify the program director so that patient contact limitations are considered. All institutional policies regarding infection will be observed. Copies of these policies are available in each Program Office and in the Office of the Dean.
Federal regulations require that:
- Students who are at risk for exposure to body/ blood fluids must be informed of the potential danger of contracting the hepatitis B virus and other infectious materials.
- The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions must show documentation that each student has:
- been informed of the standard exposure precautions to be followed when working with patients,
- bas received the hepatitis B vaccine or has declined the vaccine but understands the risk incurred by so doing, and
- has completed the Immunization Form at the time of registration.
April 2011 rule update:
Effective for incoming students as of Jan 1, 2012
The University of Texas System has issued a policy statement regarding Texas Meningitis Laws, Education Code Chapter 38 Section 38.0025 and Chapter 51 Section 51.9191,92 that applies to students under the age of 30, requiring a meningococcal (bacterial meningitis ) vaccine or "booster" dose during the five year period prior to but no later than ten days before the first day of the first semester students will enter that institution.
Effective October 1, 2013:
- Students 22 years of age or older are not required to submit evidence of meningococcal meningitis vaccination.
- Affidavit forms for exceptions to vaccination for reasons of conscience, such as religious or philosophical belief can only be issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
- The exception form from DSHS must be signed and notarized no more than 90 days prior to the first day of classes to be valid.
Information about Meningitis
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions provides all new students with information about bacterial meningitis including:
- How the disease is diagnosed
- How it is transmitted
- Consequences of the disease
- How it can be treated
All students must acknowledge receipt of this information at Orientation. To expedite this process, students may download, print and complete the acknowledgement form in advance of the orientation session by downloading the following form: Important Information about Bacterial Meningitis - Acknowledgment pdf. For Orientation dates, please see the Academic Calendar.