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Student Governance
2007-2009 Student Handbook

Student Governance Government Student Membership in Professional Organizations

The Student Government

The Student Government Organization is made up of the SHIS students. Each program has representation in the Student Government Organization. Any Program Student enrolled in the School is eligible to become the elected representative of his or her program.

The purpose of the Student Government is:

  1. to provide students of the School an organized feedback and advisory mechanism to administration and faculty;
  2. to provide students a mechanism by which they may have an impact on the decision-making process;
  3. to provide social, cultural and recreational activities for students of the School; and
  4. to provide representation to the UTHSC-H Student InterCouncil.

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The Student InterCouncil

The Student InterCouncil at UTHSC-H consists of three students from each of the UTHSC-H component Schools plus minority and international student representatives. The InterCouncil meets with representatives from administration and student services to gain an understanding of The University of Texas System student-related policies, to propose activities that contribute to the quality of student life, to review proposed student fees, policies, and legislation related to tuition and student fees, and to offer student-based solutions for problems that arise. Subcommittees are responsible for making recommendations on fundraising events and the disbursement of scholarship funds. In addition, the committees are responsible for publishing the UTHSC-H Student News and Views, and sponsoring several student activities. The Student Activities Council, another part of the Student InterCouncil organization is responsible for planning UT-sponsored parties, trips and recreational activities.

The Student Services Council

The UTHSC-H Student Services Council is composed of student affairs representatives from each of the six Schools, student service providers’ representatives, and student representatives. The purpose of the Student Services Council is to improve the quality of services offered to students and improve communication between service providers and students.

Student Membership in Professional Organizations

Professional organizations promote interest in the profession with specific aims toward service and fellowship for the social, intellectual and professional benefits of each member. Membership generally entitles one to the publications of the profession and the right to attend its meetings.

Students in the School of Health Information Sciences may obtain student memberships in discipline-specific organizations. Organizations representing discipline specific organizations are AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association), ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.), HANIA (Houston Area Nursing Informatics Association), HIMSS (Hospital Information and Management Systems Society), and UTHSC-H Bio Engineering Group. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs can provide information about student memberships available in these organizations and further information may be found at

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