Students practicing how to move patients sitting on wheelchairs.

Academic and Student Affairs

The School of Health Professions exists to serve its students. Great pride is taken in our student body, and the admissions committees strive to admit the most qualified applicants. Each entering class represents diversity in educational, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. While each student is unique, all share high motivation, scholastic ability and great potential for success as health care professionals.


The staff of the Office of Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) strives to provide students with the support necessary to accomplish their academic and personal goals. This office is involved in the total academic experience of students, from orientation through commencement.

Our office provides the following services to all SHP students

  • Background Checks - Review & Approval
  • Commencement Information
  • Grades - Oversight
  • Grievances - Oversight
  • IS Services Authorizations
  • New Student Orientation
  • Tutoring - Hiring & Assignments

Message from the Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs

Dr. Christine Baker

Dear SHP Students,

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs coordinates the admission process and oversees a wide array of events and student services that enhance and support student experiences at the UTMB School of Health Professions. We are here to guide you as you work to achieve your goal of a career in health professions.

You are encouraged to use our services to assist you as progress through your program of study. Our website contains information regarding these services. However, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team and to me individually. We welcome student questions, comments and input.

I encourage you to become familiar with the Student Welcome Guide which is a great resource for our students. It is available online, along with all policies that impact students.

These years in school will shape you and your friendships in ways which are still to be discovered. These will be some of your most memorable years and you will leave here changed and ready to become a full-fledged member of your chosen health profession. Our office will be with you at each step of your journey to your degree, and beyond, as you become valued alumni of the School of Health Professions.


Christine Baker, PT, EdD, FAPTA
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
UTMB Health, School of Health Professions
Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

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