UTSPH 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 prior to enrollment for their first term of study at their respective schools. 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.

The Pre-Check Company, an independent vendor, will provide the criminal background screening; all admitted students will be responsible for requesting the report and paying the required fee. Copies of the report will be provided directly to UTSPH. All information will be separately maintained in a confidential file. The Pre-Check Company will be reporting information that is in the public record and is not involved in any decision regarding admissions.

Application Process

Read the UT School of Public Health policy on Criminal Background Check.

Note: All international students who have resided in the United States for greater than 30 days prior to Orientation day at The University of Texas School of Public Health are required to provide the Criminal Background Check report. Those students who arrive in the United States less than 30 days prior to Orientation day are exempted from providing this report.

Go to http://utpublichealth.trackingtalent.com/opportunities/student-criminal-background-check and click on “Apply Here”.

Once you enter the application, please complete the following steps:

  • Fill in your contact information.  The application is based on your email address so if you need to apply again for another background check, you will need to use a different email address (please remember what email address you used).
  • Select Begin Application
  • Pay your $44 fee via www.paypal.com to info@pre-check.com.  Make sure you write down your transaction/confirmation number. If you are using someone else’s PayPal account or credit card, please add a note to your payment or email Sally@pre-check.com with your name and the name you paid under.
  • Select “yes”  if you paid and then Submit Now.  Your background check will not be started until payment is received!
  • Read through the Student Qualify Information section and provide your Transaction Number from your payment.
  • Select Submit Now.
  • Read through the release and then select Next Section.
  • Provide your Identity Information (You do not need to provide a driver’s license number or issue state.  If you do not have middle initial, full the space with a period. If you do not have a Social Security Number, fill in OOO-OO-OOOO).
  • Select Next Section
  • Complete the Current Residence Section
  • Select Next Section
  • Complete the Previous Address Section (If you do not have a prior address, you can leave this section blank).
  • Select Next Section
  • Complete ALL of the Criminal Record Information.
  • Select Next Section
  • Electronically Sign the Student Release for Background Investigation; you no longer have to provide a physical release to Pre-Check.
  • Select Submit Now
  • Complete the Non-United States Residency Form (Please note:  It is not assumed that you are, and have been, a resident of the U.S. for at least 6 months.  All applicants are required to complete this form before your background check can be accepted).
  • You will receive an email when your background check has been accepted.  If there is a problem, The Pre-Check Company will contact you.  Your background check will be processed within 3 business days.  Please do not contact The Pre-Check Company for the status of your background check.  The completed background check will be sent directly to the school, you will not receive notification when it is completed.
  • Please note:  International students and students with criminal activity will take longer to process.  Please allow enough time for these to be completed before your deadline date.  Additional fees may apply and will be requested once your application and initial payment of $44 is received.
  • If you have any questions, please email Amanda@pre-check.com.
  • Please do not call The Pre-Check Company.

For questions regarding the Criminal Background Check policy and procedures, please call the Office of Student Affairs at 713-500-9032.