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Welcome to The University of Texas School of Public Health!

Any new experience is full of anticipation and excitement. At UTSPH, the Office of Student Affairs will try to make your transition into graduate school as smooth as possible.

There are a handful of items that must be completed prior to starting school. On the following tabs you will find in-depth information on Orientation and a New Student Checklist that will guide you through all the steps toward walking through the doors for classes. We suggest you begin completing the checklist early since some steps will take a while to complete.

Keep in mind that some of these steps may be different for students at the regional campuses; please contact the Student Affairs representative from your campus.



Fall 2015 Orientation

 Schedule Overview

***Regional campus students please verify orientation schedule with your staff advisor/admission coordinators for your campus.***

***Orientation is Mandatory for Students to attend prior to being able to register for courses***

Monday, August 24, 2015

All International Students (Mandatory)

1:00-2:30            * International Student Meeting with the office of International Affairs (required for all international students)

2:45-3:45            * Adjusting to Life in Texas (required for all international students)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Students Majoring in Epidemiology, Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences and Customized MPH Programs (ONLY SPECIFIED PROGRAMS)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.  Students Majoring in Management, Policy & Community Health, Biostatistics, and Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Programs (ONLY SPECIFIED PROGRAMS)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

9:00 a.m.-4:30 pm. Information Sessions (Recommended for ALL students)

  • Career Service
  • Overview of Concentrations
  • Blackboard
  • Library Services
  • Registration Assistance

To view a copy of the tentative schedule, please click: Tentative Fall 2015 Orientation Schedule

To print a temporary Shuttle Pass for the week of Orientation, please click: NSO Shuttle Pass

Writing Assessment (Required for all Degree seeking Students)

The writing assessment serves two important purposes:

  1. To help the UTSPH improve our writing instruction.
  2. To help you and your advisor plan your curriculum, including courses that specifically address writing skills, as needed.

You will write a brief essay (300-600 words) in response to a prompt. No previous knowledge is required. You will have 40 minutes to complete the essay. Based on your score, you will be given recommendations for improving your writing. For more information about how to write an essay for Write Placer, you can watch this YouTube video:

Students who fail to do this Writing Assessment will have a hold put on their records.

The Write Placer will be administered on a walk-in basis during the following time slots, no appointment is required 





Contacts at each campus


Monday 8/31


Thursday 9/03

Friday 9/04





UTA 6.322

Courtney Dezendorf:


Tuesday 8/25

Thursday 8/27

1:00 - 4:30

Computer lab room N2.102

Jeanette L Broshears:

Joshua Johnson:


Monday 8/24

Wednesday 8/26

10:00 – 3:00

10:00 – 3:00


Connie L Carter:

El Paso

Tuesday 8/25

Wednesday 8/26

12:00 – 4:00


Room 400 (computer lab)

Maribel Alomari:


Thursday 8/27



Friday   8/28

9:00 -12:00



8:30 – 12:30




Nneka Chima:

San Antonio

Tuesday 8/25


Wednesday 8/26


Thursday 8/27


Friday        8/28





9:00-4:00 (pls bring your laptops)


Room 1131

Gerardo J Pacheco:

Delana M Gonzales:

If none of these sessions work for you, contact the proctor for your campus.

The following steps should be completed as soon as possible:

Accepting your offer of admission
Ensure your place in the class by accepting your offer of admission in myUTHOnce you have chosen to enroll at the UT School of Public Health, be sure to complete all the required forms and return them to the appropriate offices identified below. Feel free to contact us at The Office of Student Affairs at 713-500-9032 or email us at with any questions you may have.  To accept your admissions offer you will need to :

-  log-in to your myUTH account
-  click on your student center
-  scroll all the way down, under admissions you’ll see a hyperlink to accept or deny your admissions.

If you are having issues logging in to your my UTH to view your admissions offer, you will need to contact our IT Department at 713-486-4848 or email them at

Complete Criminal Background Check
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) requires that a criminal background screening process be completed and submitted by all new students admitted to a degree or non-degree program prior to enrollment for their first term of study at their respective campus. International students just arriving in the U.S. are exempt, and should review the webpage for details. Accepted students who do not consent to a criminal background check or who fail to provide the report as required will not be able to enroll in the UT School of Public Health. For more information, see the Criminal Background Check webpage.  Please complete this step as soon as possible to avoid delays in course registration.

Laptop requirement
Students enrolling in the School of Public Health must have a personal computer available to them as a graduate student. UTSPH provides reduced software prices through the UT Bookstore for certain required software titles.  This would include the Windows Operating System, Microsoft Office, and certain statistical software products required to use during study.  For compatibility purposes, students should consider first a computer running the latest version of the Windows Operating System. Over the past couple of years, University support for Macintosh computers has become more reliable, but the most supported platform is the Windows Operating System.  All students are provided with a user account which offers access to a feature rich web-based electronic mail application, an online instruction based system in Blackboard, the ability to connect personal wireless computers within the UTSPH campus, a file repository and sharing system known as XFiles.

Operating System Windows 7+ (preferred), Mac OS   X 10.7 (Lion)
Web Camera Resolution at least 640x480,   1280x720 preferred, should also include a microphone
Memory (RAM) 1GB minimum, 2GB+ preferred
Browser Internet Explorer 9+, Chrome,   Firefox, Safari (Mac users)
Internet Speeds Preferred: DSL and   Cable.     Dialup and ISDN services will not provide   enough bandwidth for most applications to function properly.
Antivirus Software Microsoft Security Essentials   is recommended for Windows computers if no other software is deployed and   Sophos Antivirus for Mac users.  Both products are free to students   through the vendor websites.
Proctor Software The latest versions of Adobe   Flash Player and Shockwave Player are required for our web-based proctoring   solution.  You can test your system’s compatibility with our proctor   solution at,
Other Software UTSPH provides access to most   course software through a virtual computer lab environment.  This system   is called 2X. You can gain access to the software and instructions for   configuring the software on the “Students” section of the SPH IT Services website,  2X software clients are   available for both Windows and Mac operating systems. Additionally, Microsoft Office is the primary application tool used by all faculty at UTSPH.  No matter your operating system, you will be most compatible with your faculty if you have Microsoft Office installed.

All students are provided with a user account which offers access to a feature rich web-based electronic mail application, an online learning management system, the ability to connect personal wireless computers within the UTSPH campus, a file repository and sharing system.   For software not provided through the virtual computer lab, UTSPH provides reduced software prices through the UT Bookstore for certain required software titles.  This would include the Windows Operating System, Microsoft Office, and certain statistical software products required to use during your coursework.

Keep Your Contact Information Current
Be sure to update your email and physical addresses if they change. Changes should be made on myUTH. If you are using a school email, example: @edu, we suggest you change it to email account that will not be lost after you leave school. We will need to contact you in the coming months regarding important information on orientation and registration.

Financial Aid and Assistantships
Domestic students in need of financial assistance can obtain information at the Student Financial Aid website. International students in need of aid can search the International Education Financial Aid site at: Students interested in employment and assistantships can register and search the SPH Career Services website. Newly admitted students must officially accept the offer of admission in order to gain access to the SPH Career Services Website.

Send Final Official Transcripts
Verify that all of your transcripts have been received by the Registrar’s Office by checking the “To Do List” on myUTH. If you are a currently enrolled student, send your final transcripts at the end of your last semester of enrollment.  Transcripts must be received by the Registrar s Office prior to enrollment.

Information regarding UT Housing can be found online. However, since it is usually filled to capacity, you will need to consider alternative housing options. Apartment locators can assist you at no charge, or you may consider nearby housing options. For further information, see Student Housing or Student Life and Resources.

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The following steps must be completed prior to Orientation:

Complete & Submit Your Immunization Record
All students must complete the Immunization Certification procedure through myUTH as soon as possible after accepting an offer of admission.  Please click on the link, for a complete list of Immunization Requirements.  For more information on required immunizations and the process for submitting your immunization record, please review the Immunization FAQ's handout provided by Student Health Services. You should complete this process well in advance of Orientation as verification can take several weeks for approval and removal of your Immunization Hold.  An Immunization Hold will prohibit you from registering for classes.

Complete the Core Residency Form
All students must complete the Core Residency Form prior to Orientation. The Office of the Registrar will not accept forms via fax. Forms must be:

Dropped off in-person to an Office of the Registrar staff member, or
Emailed as an attachment to the
Office of the Registrar , or
Mailed to the Office of the Registrar at:
Office of the Registrar
P.O. Box 20036
Houston, TX 77225

International Students:
Please wait for the Office of International Affairs to contact you regarding visa processing information.
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) will contact all international students directly via email once the official admission letter is processed and received by OIA. This email will provide prospective students with information for obtaining appropriate visa eligibility document including Form I-20 and detailed instructions to complete a check-in and clearance process upon arrival on campus. It is extremely important to remember that all foreign national students are required to check-in with OIA prior to beginning their academic program at SPH.

Attend Orientation
Attendance at orientation is mandatory for all students admitted to a degree program, including students who have completed a previous degree at UT SPH. Orientation is typically held the week before classes begin. See the Orientation page  for upcoming dates and details. Important enrollment and registration information will be given during that time. You will be administratively dropped from all classes if you do not attend orientation.

Identity Management Hold
Students must present a valid government issued identification card (driver license or passport). The identification card must contain name, address, date of birth, and photo. The hold will not be removed without the proper identification. This requirement will need to be completed by an admissions representative on the campus you are planning to attend (Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Brownsville, El Paso, or Austin). If you cannot complete the Identification Verification in person at a campus, you will need to click on the link below and follow the steps to complete this requirement.

Verify Your Health Insurance Status
State law mandates that all SPH students must have health insurance. Thus, students will be asked to verify that they have health insurance each semester as part of the course registration procedure through myUTH.  Otherwise, students will be charged for health insurance in addition to tuition and fees. The Student Health Insurance for the 2015-16 academic year is $2181.  Contact Auxiliary Enterprises (7779 Knights Rd. Houston, TX77054) at 713-500-8400 for more information.

Catalog & Course Information
Students are bound to the UTHealth Catalog in place during their semester of matriculation.

Contact Your Academic Advisor
The name and telephone number of your advisor was included in your acceptance letter. We encourage you to contact your advisor before the orientation/registration period to set-up an appointment to discuss course selection. You can also review the Degree Planner Form for your degree and major.

The following steps should be completed after Orientation:

Register for Classes
View the Academic Calendar, course descriptions, as well as the available courses on myUTH.

To register, students must sign up for classes through the myUTH website. Please note that certain courses require faculty approval.

Please note that degree seeking students must register for a minimum of 3 credit hours per semester.

The following steps should be completed after registration:

Pay Tuition and Fees
Pay tuition and fees either online at myUTH or at the Bursar’s Office, located at 7000 Fannin Street, University Center Tower (UCT) Room 2240. Check the Academic Calendar to view the tuition deadline dates. Registration will be cancelled for all students who have not paid by the 12th day of class.

Writing Assessment
All incoming degree and certificate-seeking students at the UTSPH will be required to take a writing assessment test during or immediately following Orientation.  The result of the writing assessment will determine the guidance provided to students regarding their writing skills.  This guidance may include the following:  a notice that no writing remediation will be recommended, a recommendation to take specific writing courses offered by the UTSPH, a recommendation to take more basic writing course(s) at a local university/community college, or a recommendation to take a course outside of the UTSPH designed for non-native English speaking students.  Students will be responsible for any costs incurred by having to take additional writing courses.  All recommended remediation(s) must be completed within the specified time frame provided at the time of the assessment. Satisfactory completion of the requirements made for improving writing skills must be met in order to successfully proceed through respective degree plans. Failure to complete the required writing recommendations can result in the student being blocked from registering for courses at the UTSPH in subsequent terms.

Obtain UTHealth ID Badge
After registering for classes, pose for a picture and obtain your UTHealth ID badge in the Bursar’s Office, 7000 Fannin Street, University Center Tower (UCT) Room 2240.  IDs are available Monday-Friday, 8:30am-12pm and 1-4:30pm.

UTHealth ID Activation Form
E-mail Robin Baker ( your name (as stated on myUTH), along with the letters and numbers located under the black strip on the back of your student ID Badge (XXXXXXXXX-XXXXXXX).

Activate Official School Email Address
Contact the UTHealth Help Desk (713-486-4848) for assistance in obtaining your username and password. If you are in Houston, you may also visit members of the Information Technology staff on the east side of the basement in the main UTSPH building. You should also download the Student Information Technology Handout.

Complete Library User Form
Complete the library user form found on their website  or you can pick it up at the Library. Please return it to the Library.

Purchase Your Books
Visit a UTHealth Bookstore online  or on campus. The closest location is in the School of Nursing Building.

The Following documents will help you browse the catalog, search for classes, add classes and view holds and the to do list in MyUTH.

  1. Pathway to Registration
  2. Course Prefixes
  3. Hold and to Do List
  4. Searching for classes
  5. Adding classes to my schedule
  6. Review Degree Planner
  7. Navigating Learning Management Systems at UTSPH



SPH Student Survival Guide

This guide was written by leaders of the School of Public Health International Student Organization (SPHISO) and the School of Public Health Student Association (SPHSA) for current and future SPH students. For more information about SPH student organizations, please visit Current Student Groups  


The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center has selected a new tool to support educational instructional needs across our Houston and regional campuses.  Canvas is an easy-to-use, cloud-based learning management system that connects digital tools and resources for enhanced learning.  It integrates with hundreds of apps, empowering faculty and students with tools for creating exceptional teaching and learning experiences. The School of Public Health’s phased transition of course content from Blackboard started November 2014, and is scheduled for full implementation (online and hybrid courses) by the fall 2015 academic term and moving forward.

Blackboard will fully retire throughout all components of UTHealth by fall 2016.  At that point, all UTHealth courses will be taught in Canvas and instructors will retain read-only access to course material in Blackboard.


Login to: UTH Canvas

Student User Guide to Canvas Learning Management System

Navigating Canvas

Canvas Inbox

Viewing and Submitting Assignments

How to Participate in a Discussion

Checking Grades in Canvas

Canvas Student User Guide to Turnitin


Login to: UTH Blackboard

Student User Guide to Blackboard Learning Management System Navigation

Student User Guide to SafeAssign


ProctorU Student Handout