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COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Prevention and Response
School of Health Professions

COVID-19: Update from the School of Health Professions

SHP Students, Faculty and Staff
As our response to COVID-19 continues to evolve, please stay tuned to regular communications from the Office of the President/UTMB Broadcasts and monitor the UTMB COVID-19 website for updates: This page has been regularly updated with videos, FAQs, and additional information as developments are available. We are endeavoring to stay in close communication with you regarding updates as the situation develops.

For more specific information, visit the following links


SHP Student Resources & General Information

  • Online Learning & Remote Instruction
  • FAQ's for Students on Clinical Experiences

    Important Note: Clinical affiliation site policies are changing daily and students are instructed to monitor email communications from their Department Chair and/or Faculty Director of Clinical Education.

    Download: FAQs for SHP Students on Clinical Experiences (.pdf, Draft - March 18, 2020)

  • Office of Academic and Student Affairs

    The Office of Academic and Student Affairs is here to assist students in accessing existing services, connect them to resources, or to help students address issues that fall outside of the scope of our programs and services. Students may contact our office via:

    Academic Affairs
    P: 409-772-9411

    Student Affairs
    P: 409-772-3030

  • SHP Student Counseling
    Tips for Managing Concerns & Emotions about COVID-19 (pdf)

    I know that there is widespread concern in our community about the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), and I want you to know that your health is top priority. With the increasing uncertainty and growing number of infected individuals around the world, I encourage you to take responsibility for yourself and your family. It is important to take a proactive approach to minimize exposure.

    I want you to know that I can provide resources to you via online means, if you would like to request a session from home. I would like to suggest a private space with internet access and a computer, laptop or tablet. It is also possible to conduct a session with a smartphone, but it is generally not as reliable or comfortable.

    To request/schedule a session, send an email to and include the following:

    • Name, Student ID and Department
    • Contact number (in case we experience technical difficulties)
    • Dates and times that are feasible for you

    We will eventually be on the other side of this. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

    J. Shayne Washington, EdD
    Sr. Specialist for Learning and Career Counseling

    University Office of Student Health and Counseling

    University Office of Student Health and Counseling is still open and providing counseling services through electronic means. In addition, the 24/7/365 mental health crisis line is always available at 409-747-4357 (HELP).

  • Campus Visitors and Prospective Students
    Campus Tours

    The safety of our visitors and campus community is our top priority. UTMB Health is proactively expanding its restrictions and implementing new guidelines to safeguard our students, trainees, faculty, staff, and patients. As such, open houses and campus tours have been suspended until further notice.

    Virtual Open House Sessions

    The University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Health Professions is now offering Virtual Open House events, which are online webinar sessions for students to get firsthand information about our programs of study. For more information, please visit

  • Student Health Benefits

    It is a pivotal time for student health. Now more than ever, students need the right resources to keep them safe and healthy.

    Academic HealthPlans (AHP), in partnership with your student health insurance plan carrier, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), are offering a variety of services to students including a Student Assistance Program (SAP) and Virtual Visits with $0 copay.

    This document outlines the services available to them through AHP and BCBSTX.

    Download: UT-System-Student-Health-COVID-19-Resources (.pdf)

    Students can contact Academic Health Plans by sending an email to or calling us at 1-855-247-7587.

Quick Links

SHP Academic & Student Affairs
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-1136
Phone: 409-772-3030
Fax: 409-772-1550

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