Health & Wellness

At The University of Texas at Austin, the health and well-being of our community is promoted by the health care services and programs offered on campus by the Counseling and Mental Health Center, University Health Services,the Forty Acres Pharmacy, Recreational Sports and Human Resource Services. Whether it's for an immunization or an educational program, the university has top-notch health professionals in all fields that assist our students, faculty and staff to maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle.

University Health Services

Photo of patient being examined by UHS Doctor Melinda McMichael.University Health Services (UHS) helps keep students healthy while they focus on their studies. Students can expect the same types of services from UHS that they receive from their family doctor.

Students may call 512-471-4955 or visit University Health Services for more information or to schedule an appointment. Insurance is not required to use UHS.

Nurses staffing the Nurse Advice Line 512-475-NURS (6877) provide guidance to ill or injured students 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

UHS is a fully accredited healthcare facility with board-certified healthcare providers delivering general medical care as well as an urgent care clinic and specialty clinics for women’s health, sports medicine, physical therapy, nutrition services, travel health, routine immunizations and allergy shots supported by on-site laboratory and radiology departments. Students can check out health-related materials such as cookbooks, exercise DVDs and stress management guides from the UHS lending library. UHS supports the academic mission of the university by providing volunteer opportunities for students, public health leadership and other initiatives, including the promotion of a healthy campus

The Forty Acres Pharmacy, under the administration of the UT College of Pharmacy, can fill prescriptions for students, staff and faculty that have been written by any healthcare provider licensed to practice in the United States. The pharmacy also carries over-the-counter medications, personal care items, and health aids. The Forty Acres Pharmacy accepts most major prescription drug insurance cards, allowing you to pay the same amount on campus as you would in your regular pharmacy.

UHS and the Forty Acres Pharmacy are in the Student Services Building (SSB) at 100 W. Dean Keaton St.

Insurance

University students are not automatically enrolled in an insurance plan. All registered students who take credit courses and pay the required fees are eligible to enroll in the student health insurance plan approved by the University of Texas System.

In addition, students appointed to work in an academic title for 20 hours a week for at least 4.5 months are eligible for the same insurance benefits as other employees.

UHS is in-network with many major insurance plans, including the UT student health insurance plan and the UT employee health insurance plan.

Students who do not have insurance or who do not use their insurance at UHS may be eligible for a self-pay discount.

Healthcare can be expensive, especially in the case of an accident or illness requiring an emergency room visit, hospitalization or the care of a specialist. UHS recommends that students have insurance coverage for these occasions, whether through the student health insurance plan or through another provider. Read more about health insurance and UHS.

Counseling and Mental Health Center

The Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) is committed to serving UT's diverse campus community by providing counseling, psychiatric, consultation and prevention services that facilitate students' academic and life goals and enhance their personal growth and well-being.

Counseling services include individual and group counseling as well as same day crisis services. In addition, CMHC also offers a 24-hour telephone counseling line at 512-475-CALL (2255) which provides crisis support to UT students.

Other CMHC services include:

• The Mind Body Lab, which offers students a welcoming place to learn audio and video-guided relaxation and meditation practices to help manage stress and maximize overall functioning.
• Prevention and outreach programs which promote a campus culture that values and supports mental health and encourage all to reach out to those who need a helping hand. Voices Against Violence and the Be That One Suicide Prevention are examples of CMHC programs that promote this message.

CMHC is located in the Student Services Building, 100 W. Dean Keeton Street, on the 5th floor. Students may schedule appointments or learn more by calling 512-471-3515 or visiting The Counseling and Mental Health Center online.
 

Recreational Sports

Recreational Sports  (RecSports) facilities, services and programs are available to all students during any semester for which they are registered, beginning the first day of classes through the day before classes begin the following semester. Staff, faculty and community members may join RecSports for a fee. Additional fees are charged to participate in some programs. 

RecSports provides access to 500,000 square feet of indoor space, 40 acres of outdoor activity space and 10 facilities on and off campus. Through RecSports, you can join clubs ranging from dance and tennis to roller hockey and water polo, play basketball at Gregory Gym, swim laps at the Aquatic Center and work out at Bellmont Hall.

Human Resources Services

Human Resource Services (HRS) creates a safe and healthful environment for the university community. HRS provides HealthPoint, a program for staff and faculty that includes the Occupational Health Program, which promotes work-place safety, treats minor work-related injuries and illnesses and provides health risk counseling to improve overall health and well-being, and the Employee Assistance Program, which provides counseling services to help faculty and staff face challenges and improve health, well-being and effectiveness. HRS offers work/life balance and wellness resources.