Student Support Services

Academic Advising and Counseling

Program directors and education coordinators of the School of Health Professions assist students with course selection, academic program planning, and curriculum-related advising in general. All students in the school are scheduled with their faculty advisor each semester. The objective of the advising session is to assist the student in developing intellectual potential and to explore educational opportunities and career goals. Many other faculty and staff in the campus community also contribute to the advising process. 

Academic counseling is provided by the program directors, education coordinators and the dean. In counseling the focus is on assisting the students with developing academic, career choice and personal skills; understanding themselves and their concerns; and making decisions and changes they feel are best for them. The confidential nature of counseling sessions is respected, to the limits provided by law, and no record of a student’s visit is made on an academic transcript or in a placement file.

Computing Resources

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center campus provides an extensive array of computing and networking resources to support instructional, research and administrative computing. Computer hardware, software, user support services and an extensive computer network are combined to provide one of the finest and most sophisticated computing environments of any educational and research institution in the nation.

The centralized computer resources are managed by the Management Information Systems (MIS) department, which provides the oversight of new or procured enterprise-wide information systems and software applications for MD Anderson. A top-notched staff works to produce technology solutions for the entire campus based on the synergy of technical and clinical talents. Staff members from MIS come from an assortment of clinical, business and information technology backgrounds and they provide a wide range of expertise and experience.

Health Services

Medical services for the students attending the School of Health Professions are provided at The University of Texas Student Health Services Clinic by Student Health physicians who are staff physicians board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. Students are required to pay an annual Student Health Fee, and with this fee they can access health care in the clinic and see a nurse or physician at no charge for minimal or limited/minor problems.

The hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for official university holidays. Appointments are available by calling 713-500-5171. For more information, see Student Health Services.


 Professional counseling services provide access to staff psychologists and psychiatrists to MDACC School of Health Professions students at through the: 
University of Texas Employee Assistance Program (UTEAP)
7000 Fannin St., Suite 1670
Houston, TX 77030. 
Phone 713-500-3327 or 1-800-346-3549


Human Resources

The Human Resources Department plays a strong support role in making the lives of the School of Health Sciences students the best they can be, and are dedicated to the core values of Caring, Integrity and Discovery. For students in their Senior Year, the professionals in Human Resources are also available to provide students with the best access to job opportunities. For more information, see Job Search Assistance.

Library Facilities

The Research Medical Library 
Pickens Academic Tower - Floor 21
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center 
1400 Pressler Street, Houston, Texas 77030-3722 

Main entrance is on Pressler Street ground floor
Parking for the public is available in Garage 2 or Garage 10 

For hours of operation, call 713-792-2822

The School of Health Professions students are introduced to the Research Medical Library through a library orientation session scheduled at the beginning of the academic year. At that time direct access is given to students via the student badge.

All MD Anderson Cancer Center students, regardless of location, can use ILLiad (the online document ordering and delivery system) to place requests for the following:

  • Journal articles (more than 4,000 available)
  • Books
  • Meeting abstracts
  • Other items not available online from the Research Medical Library
    or the HAM-TMC (Jones) Library
  • Items from the Research Medical Library’s print collection, including journal articles, book chapters and books

The Library uses a remote access system called EZProxy. EZProxy is specifically designed for libraries and requires no special software on the part of the user. All that is needed is a standard web browser and a connection to the Internet. Off-site students have access to the online journals and library services through this system.

University Police

The University of Texas at Houston Police Department (UT Police) provides law enforcement and community services to the UT Health Science Center at Houston and MD Anderson Cancer Center institutions.

The UT Police Department consists of more than 330 professionals working together to proactively provide a safe environment for all patients, visitors, students, employees and staff. They were the first university police agency in Texas to be fully accredited through the Commission for Accreditation on Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). They use a pro-active approach which includes police officers on foot, bicycle and mobile patrols, along with a wide range of police community services and the use of electronic security components. Most importantly, the University of Texas Police rely on working together with the university community for a safer environment.

At the student orientation, the students are provided with pertinent information regarding crime prevention:

UT Police Crime Prevention

  • Programs (prevention of robbery, office theft, sexual assault, identify theft and more)
  • Brochures and other personal safety literature
  • Standards manual
  • Crime statistics and crime trend analysis information
  • Surveys of areas to identify crime risks

The UT Police also serve students through field operations and technical support:

UT Police Field Operations
713-792-2890 or 713-792-HELP(4357)

  • Report suspicious activity, a crime in progress or request emergency assistance
  • Personal Safety Transportation Service for a ride to your vehicle within the Texas Medical Center area any time after dark
  • Motorist Assistance Program (MAP) for vehicle unlocks and battery jumps
  • Extra patrol of areas for employees, staff or students working late hours
  • Lost and found property

UT Police Technical Services

  • Install, repair and maintain the electronic security system including card readers, duress alarms, alarm keypads, cameras and time delay locks
  • Management of the electronic security system database and infrastructure
  • Design and cost estimates for electronic security system components
  • Use of the UT Identification Badge with the electronic security system