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Welcome New Students

Congratulations on your admission to the School of Biomedical Informatics! Students come to School of Biomedical Informatics from all over the world to take advantage of our excellent academic programs and outstanding teaching faculty. We welcome you and look forward to having you join our dynamic community.

Below you will find important information regarding the new student process.

→ Registration at MyUTH

Once you log on to your account you will find useful information on how to navigate the system in the Resource box. Here you will find information on how to remove holds, how to make payments, and other helpful guides.

You must remove all holds on your MyUTH account before you can register for courses. You can find the holds on your account on the Student Center. Specific information about the holds, such as contact information to the particular office the hold pertains to, can be found by clicking on the details link in the Holds box.

For more information about items on the To Do list, simply click on the link in the box and follow the instructions on the links.

Below is a common list of what you may find in the Holds box, depending on your status.

  • Immunization
    As of spring 2013, new students are required to enter immunization information through a new online database.  Student Health Services will verify the information and release the immunization hold to allow registration. Select the Immunizations link on the MyUTH home page to enter your immunization data. Upon submission of the immunization page, you will also be required to upload documentation supporting the immunization data entered. If you have questions, please contact the Student Health Services, at (713) 500-5171 or
  • Criminal Background Check & Identity Management Verification
    Click Criminal Background Check policy and follow the directions to apply for your criminal background screening.  You must apply and pay through Pre-Check for your background check to be conducted.
  • Health Insurance Certification
    Click on the “details” link and follow the instructions to submit your health insurance information. If you have questions, please contact Auxiliary Enterprises, (713) 500-8400
  • International Affairs Hold
    In accordance with university policies and federal regulations, all non-U.S. citizens must clear their immigration status with the Office of International Affairs prior to registering for classes. If you have questions, please contact the Office of International Affairs, (713) 500-3176.
  • Submission of Required Official Documents
    Please send all official transcripts and education evaluations to our Registrar’s Office. Submit GRE and TOEFL results using the institutional code 6906; no department code required.
  • You will receive an email from the Office of Academic Affairs with your UTHealth email account information after you clear your Criminal Background Check and the Identity Management Holds. Please be sure to log on to this email account to verify your account is working properly.
  • Your UTHealth email address is to be checked regularly, as our faculty and school use this email address as our primary means of communication with the student body.
  • All international students must complete an OIA Check-In Form. The form is a requirement to be completed by all NEW international visitors, students, researchers, trainees or employees joining UTHealth on any non-immigrant visa or temporary Employment Authorization Document (EAD, B , F, J, H-1B, O, TN, etc.). 
  • Appointments are strongly encouraged to ensure that an International Visitor Advisor is available to assist you with any questions or concerns you have.  Although no appointment is required to check-in, it is advisable that you schedule an appointment to complete your check-in by sending the Office of International Affairs an email at or by calling (713) 500-3176.
  • All international students attending The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) on a non-immigrant visa status are required by the University of Texas (UT) System Board of Regents to have continuous medical insurance compliant with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Enrollment in the UT Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is automatic at the time of registration.

You can find a copy of the Student Handbook at -

The New Student Orientation must be completed in order to enroll for courses.
  • The new student orientation will open approximately two weeks before registration starts for the semester.
  • You have to clear your criminal background check to release your identity management hold so you will have access to your student email account before you can start the New Student Orientation.
  • Please go to the Learning Management System and log in using your LDAP account (same as MyUTH login and student email login).
    Login click on button
  • Click on the “Join this course” link to start the new student orientation.
  • Complete the entire orientation online.
  • All students are required to take HI 5300, Introduction to Biomedical Informatics, in their first semester.
  • Select courses for your first semester by accessing Course Offerings. For assistance with course selection, please contact the following program coordinators:    
    • Certificate in Biomedical Informatics, Certificate in Applied Biomedical Informatics or the Certificate in Public Health Informatics program, contact Jeanette Broshears ( or Jaime Hargrave (
    • Master of Science of Biomedical Informatics program students - Please check your admission letter for the name and contact information for your advisor
    • Doctor of Philosophy program students can contact Dr. Susan Fenton (
  • Click this link to view a video tutorial: Course Registration
  • You will be enrolled in the course in Canvas automatically after registering in MyUTH. In Canvas, you are enrolled immediately if the course has been published. A course may not be open to the students when it is still being prepared. All courses will be available to students by first day of class.
  • If you forget your password or need any assistance with your LDAP account, please call the Help Desk at (713) 486-4848.
  • Check the Textbook list for the current semester and buy the required textbooks before class begins
  • For information about the tuition and fee schedule, please visit the Registrar’s Web page.
  • Tuition payment can be made via your MyUTH account.
  • Please visit the Bursar’s Office website or call (713)500-3088 for information concerning your tuition bill, fees, and installment plans.
  • Once you have registered for classes, you are able to obtain a student ID badge.
  • New identification badges for students are processed at the Parking Office located on first floor by the guard desk of the University Center Tower (UCT) at 7000 Fannin Street.
  • Please visit the Parking Services Office for more information concerning hours of operation and contact information.
  • Online students living outside the Houston metro area can request an ID badge by sending a request with a passport-style photo to Academic Affairs at
  • The ID badge is your identity for after-hours access and for the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center (HAM-TMC) Library. You will also need it if you want to purchase software at one of the bookstores in the medical center.
  • To gain access to SBMI student areas, please send a legible copy of the front and the back of your ID badge to with the email subject, “Student ID Badge Access Request.”
  • The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System mandates health insurance for all students enrolled in the UT System health components.
  • For information about student health insurance.
  • Before being able to register for classes each semester, every student must complete the health insurance certification process through his/her myUTH account.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact:

Office of Academic Affairs
(713) 500-3591