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Alert! SBMI Information on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Effective January 4, 2022 courses for the spring 2022 semester will follow the same instructional format SBMI has utilized in recent semesters due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means classes at the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics will be taught both in-person and online for spring 2022.

Students registered for in-person SBMI courses are expected to attend the classes during the scheduled time and day each week. These live sessions will be delivered using web-conferencing (GoToMeeting or Webex). Additionally, once per month, these in-person classes will have a pre-scheduled, required on-campus session. In-person class session on-campus will occur one time in January, February, March, and April for each course. The in-person attendance schedule will be available in Canvas.

Students enrolled in web-based classes will complete all coursework 100% online. There is no requirement to visit campus during the spring 2022 semester for any SBMI web-based course.

If there are changes in the format as the spring semester progresses, students will be notified as soon as possible. Students with questions or concerns should contact the Office of Academic Affairs at

UT Employee Assistance Program (UTEAP)

All SBMI employees, both faculty and staff, are encouraged to use the health and wellness resources provided by the staff of the UT Employee Assistance Program (UTEAP). Visit the UTEAP website for more information on services offered.

The available meeting platforms provided by the institution.


UTHealth Cisco WebEx is now available for video and audio collaboration. UTHealth students, faculty and staff can now use this technology, free of charge, to schedule interactive online meetings for groups between two to 1,000 people. Meetings are not limited to those within the university. You can access WebEx using a web browser, mobile device or the WebEx desktop application. You will need to use your UTHealth email address and password to log in.

WebEx can also be used to host an event open to the public. You can ask people to register for the event.

UTHealth students, faculty and staff also have access to these WebEx tools:

  1. WebEx Meeting Center - for basic online meetings and collaboration
  2. WebEx Event Center - for large, structured online events and seminars
  3. WebEx Training Center - the virtual, online classroom

Microsoft Teams

UTHealth Microsoft Teams speeds up communication via Teams chat and allows for collaboration between team members who are working remotely. Team members are limited to UTHealth students, faculty and staff only. If you need a Team to be created, please send a request to with a team name (in the format of SBMI-team name) and email of Team members.

You can access Microsoft Teams using a web browser, mobile device, or the Teams application that can be installed on your UTHealth computer. You will need to use your UTHealth email address and password to log in. The getting started guide is available online.


GoToMeeting is another online meeting similar to WebEx. GoToMeeting will require an individual license. If you need a license, please contact the Distance Education Team at GoToMeeting can be access at

Educational Technology for Teaching

Distance Education Team (DE) of the School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) is dedicated to providing excellent information technology and support services to SBMI students and faculty.

You can reach DE at

DE is available during business hours (9 A.M. to 6 P.M. Central Standard Time). Requests sent in after 6 P.M. will be answered during the next business day. If you have an urgent technical problem please note that Canvas, Proctorio, GotoMeeting and Turnitin all have their own 24/7 support hotlines.

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