About UT Health Services

Our Mission

The mission of The University of Texas Health Services – Houston (UTHS) is to provide comprehensive, efficient, individualized, and service-oriented quality health care to The University of Texas employees, students, families, and retirees, as well as the general community, while providing educational and research opportunities for University faculty and students.

Objectives and Achievements: 

  1. To serve individual and group occupational and primary care needs.
  2. To provide educational opportunities for students.
  3. To promote clinical research focused on best primary care practices. 

    Patient Services

    Individualized services provided include comprehensive primary care across the life span, occupational medicine, health education, travel medicine, laboratory and radiological services, podiatry, health risk appraisals and immunizations, nutritional and smoking cessation counseling, plus all necessary referrals.

    UTHS is the contract provider for:

    • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Employees
    • City of Houston and State of Texas Employees
    • Students at Texas Woman's University and the University of St. Thomas

    Among other organizations and companies under contract with UTHS:

    • American Red Cross
    • Chevron
    • ConocoPhillips
    • Houston Community College
    • Pulse Medical Staffing
    • Rice University
    • Shriners Hospital for Children
    • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    • Texas Parks & Wildlife
    • Enbridge

    For information about commercial contracts

    Please contact: Susan Parnell, RN, MPH, PhD, UT Health Services Director

    What is a Nurse Practitioner?

    Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who are prepared, through advanced education and clinical training, to provide a wide range of preventive and acute health care services to individuals of all ages. These advanced practice nursing professionals at the Master of Science in Nursing level often specialize in clinical concentrations such as: Acute Care, Adult/Gerontology, Family Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health, Nurse Anesthesia or Nursing Leadership and Administration in Health Systems.

    At the post-master’s level, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice doctorate that signifies outstanding evidence-based patient care and leadership in nursing practice and health care organizations. (In May 2009, the UTHealth School of Nursing graduated the first class of DNPs in Texas.)

    Caring and collaborative, our nurse practitioners focus not only on treatment, but also on:

    • Prevention
    • Wellness
    • Patient Education

    Nurse practitioners provide most of the care at UT Health Services. A physician is available for consultation or to meet any additional medical needs.

    Promoting healthcare education and research

    UTHS is a nationally recognized nurse-managed primary care center as part of the UTHealth School of Nursing. Patients log more than 11,000 total visits per fiscal year, and UTHS holds direct contracts with about 40 different companies and organizations for a variety of healthcare services.

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